The tomato fight happens on the last Wednesday of August and this year it falls on Wednesday 29th August - the event has become one of the highlights on Spain´s summer festival calendar... it is certainly unique.
|Bunol ... ap 40 km inland from Valencia|
The tomato fight signifies the end of a week long fiesta in the town but most of the participants come from across Spain or in fact it has been known from across the world specifically for this madness! The actual tomato fight starts at 11am and lasts for exactly an hour... it is all very well supervised - it has to be with approximately 30,000 people!
No-one really knows how or why the tradition was started but it has been going for many decades - there are various theories but it was banned under dictator Franco´s rule as it was a "fiesta of no religious significance". However, after his demise in the 1970´s it returned and continues to grow in popularity.