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Exchange in Spain: Participating in La Tomatina

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If you are looking for a unique and fun exchange experience, La Tomatina is the perfect event for you. Held annually in Buñol, Spain, this famous tomato war attracts thousands of participants from around the world. Get ready to be filled with adrenaline and cover yourself in tomatoes during this unparalleled festival.

Origin and traditions of La Tomatina

La Tomatina has its roots in the 1940s, when a street fight during a fashion show ended in a tomato war between the participants. From then on, the tradition was established and, nowadays, the event takes place on the last Wednesday of August.

The tomato war lasts about an hour, and participants can throw tomatoes at each other freely. After the battle is over, fire trucks clean the streets with water jets, leaving the city completely clean.

How to participate in La Tomatina

  • Get your official ticket in advance as the number of participants is limited.
  • Get to Buñol early to guarantee a good spot in the area designated for the tomato war.
  • Wear clothes that can be discarded after the event, as they will be completely tomato soiled.
  • Protect your eyes with swimming or protective goggles.
  • Mash the tomatoes before throwing them to avoid bruising.
  • Respect the signs of the beginning and end of the battle, and don't throw tomatoes outside the allowed time.

Take the opportunity to experience local culture while you study and work in Spain, enriching your exchange experience.

Safety tips during La Tomatina

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during La Tomatina, it's important to follow some tips. First, respect the other participants and don't throw tomatoes with excessive force. Also, avoid carrying objects that could cause injury, such as glass bottles or sharp objects.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes with good grip, as the streets become slippery due to tomato juice. Stay hydrated and seek shade during battle breaks, especially if the day is very hot.

Festivities in Buñol besides the tomato war

1. Opening fashion show: Before the tomato war begins, there is a lively parade through the streets of Buñol, with music, dance, and colorful costumes.

2. Giant Paella: After the battle, participants can enjoy an enormous paella, the famous Spanish rice-based dish, served free of charge in the city's main square.

3. Evening parties: During the week of La Tomatina, Buñol is transformed into a continuous party, with music and celebrations on the streets until late at night.

4. Competitions and games: In addition to the tomato war, there are several fun competitions, such as mattress races and soapy mast climbing.

Be Easy

Participating in La Tomatina is an unforgettable experience that combines fun, adrenaline and the contagious joy of Spanish culture. If you are planning to embark on this adventure, Be Easy can help you organize your trip and provide all the information you need to make the most of this unique festival. Contact us and discover how to make your dream of exchanging and participating in the largest tomato war in the world a reality. Let's live incredible moments together at La Tomatina!

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