The world famous Tomato Fight.
Throw hundreds of thousands of tomatoes at tens of thousands of people.
We party in and around the festival dates. Our plethora of options has you tripping from Barcelona on an unbelievable bus ride, or meeting us there where your tent will be set up and ready to handle you and your chosen partner in crime.
Where: Buñol, near Valencia, Spain.
When: August 24th - 28th.
How: Meet us there or take our private shuttle from Barcelona and join us for a Barca stay before or after too if you like.
Cost: 60€ a day (excluding Tomatina ticket)
Sleep: Camping accommodation (pre-erected twin share tent, mattress, sleeping bag).
Eat: Hot breakfasts everyday and dinner every second night.
Inclusions: Accommodation with tent, mattress and sleeping bag provided, some meals, massive Stoke campsite party, transfers to and from the tomato fight, beach games, plus a Bloody Mary on the morning of Tomatina, cabaret show
- Unlimited beer and sangria (10€ a day)
- Tomatina ticket (10€)
- Water and Wine fight on the night of Aug 25th - for only 10€ including return coaches and boxes of wine to get you into the spirit of things. Coaches leave at 10pm from the campsite.
- Official afterparty (15€) - includes return bus transport and entrance. (Public price 20€)
THINGS TO NOTE:
- Bring a change of clothes on the bus especially on the day trip, or you won't be getting past the driver.
- Please note the Spanish Government are now charging for La Tomatina entrance, so the tickets are 10€. This change means increased security at the festival, a better entry area and greater organisation.
Stoke Passport Holders:
(Don't know what a Stoke Passport is? Check it out! Your universe will change.)
Eligible for 3 nights all-inclusive package including unlimited beer & sangria
All washed down with unlimited of beer, wine and sangria...
What Is It?
It's Spanish for effin' fun!
But don't let our linguistic skills scare you off...
Who wants to be an ingredient in the world's largest spaghetti bolognese?
Or perhaps you want to spread yourself around like on a bruschetta?
In any case, it's going to get pulpy, saucy and it's going to be a hooty whale of a time. This is one of the 'must do' European festivals and definitely one of Stoke Travel's faves.
We dig it so much because when we ain't hurling tomatoes at each other we're chilling by the pool, sunning on the beach, dancing up a storm in Valencia city, or losing our mind in fun related incidents in Ibiza...
The Tomatina festival itself is one morning of madness; tens of thousands of people in a town of many less. The streets are packed and they get even more so with the arrival of trucks carrying tomatoes - many, many tonnes of tomatoes.
Once we avoid getting squashed by the trucks the fight begins, and for the next little while we throw salad fruits to our hearts content at strangers, friends, locals and tourists alike. Once it's all said and done, we rinse off, and head out to continue partying.
It's so wonderful!
We at Stoke Travel truly love this time of year in Valencia, and make sure we have as much fun as is humanly possible.
We're the only ones who will also arm you before battle, with bloody Mary's and piles of cooked spaghetti in your hand so you can put all that tomato slush to good use. And, of course, we provide you with a delicious bottle of sangria that will pair nicely with the carnage.
Who doesn't want a piece of that?
After party at a club that night, and all your accommodation and transport included. See ya there or I'll get all in ya hair
Another crazy local fest to add on:
WATER & WINE FIGHT (25TH AUG)
The night before Tomatina, we head to the Water & wine fight in Requeña. It won't break the bank at 10€ for the transport. We go there, we lurk about in the streets drinking and chilling with the locals. At 11pm you have the option to go into a fake bull fight (meaning no cute, little bulls get killed) - the tickets are available there so you can just get 'em on arrival. At 1am, we all head through the streets lead by a brass band and the locals go nuts with wine and water and general frivolity. And so do we. Take a cup with to drink deeply of the spoils of this cultural, calamitous wine & water war.
Where the Wild Oranges roam.
We stay just north of Valencia city, in a beach town called Puzol (Puçol in the local lingo - it's pronounced Puthol though, confusing right? Puzol is well connected to Valencia city, and we have our own private shuttles for the festivals, and for visits to town. Puzol is located on a stretch of beautiful Mediterranean beaches and every year we arrive and blow the town's collective mind.
Our camp is beachside.... you can get out of your tent, make a beeline for the beach and be splashing about within 5 minutes of opening your sangria-soaked eye sockets. The campsite is not wild in the slightest, with full-time security, a bar, restaurant and shop onsite, a great swimming pool with slide, clean amenities, great authentic Spanish atmosphere (it's not uncommon to be invited into a family's caravan for a meal of authentic local paella).
The address of the campsite is: Camping Pucol, Camí Riu Turia, 3, 46530 Puzol Playa, Valencia
And there is so much more to the region outside the festivities! Valencia has a wonderful old walled city, great modern architecture, clubs, restaurants, beaches, bars. It's just wonderful! Come and see it! You're going to love it! We just adore it! Ooooh.
How To Get Here?
Stoke road trips.
Why not ride with us there? Stoke has buses cruising in from Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian, which are not only easy as tomato pie, but fun and gosh darn cheap also. Yeah baby. 185€ gets you your transport, your festival transfers, 2 nights' accommodation in tents, breakies, one dinner and for 10€ a day more, you get unlimited beer & sangria!
On limited time?
But we thought you were on holidays. In any case, we've got the thing for you. Our day trip buses from Barcelona run down through the night, getting you at tomato central in time for for the madness, before whisking you back again, with pulp in every orifice, a changed person.
And we can do it all for only 75 big ones!
See 'Price details' for more info on our radical road trips...
Aeroplanes are fast.
They're the only way to travel through the sky. Helicopters are alright but too noisy, and blimps or hot air balloons simply take forever...
Fly to Valencia and then make your way to our camp. A train will take you into the city centre (Estación del Norte) from the airport and another train from there to Puçol. From Puçol we pick you up, yeah buddy. Check out the little hint below for details of your Valencia - Pucol* commute.
It was once considered glamorous to travel by train. These days it's merely considered to be faster, yet more expensive, than buses and slower, but often cheaper, than planes.
Same deal. Estación del Norte is the main station. Just get a ride to there, jump on a local train to Puçol* and we do the rest.
Buses take you places.
Same thing again. Just make sure you get a ride to Valencia and not somewhere else, like Palencia, which is on the other side of Spain, but presumably full of pals.
*A little hint on getting to the Campsite from Valencia
The address of the campsite is: Camping Pucol, Camí Riu Turia, 3, 46530 Puzol Playa, Valencia
You buy your ticket to Puzol (Puçol, pronounced 'Puthol') from the Main Hall of Estación del Norte. They cost 2 bucks, which is bubblegum money. There are two ticket counters, one air-conditioned glass box that sells long distance trips and one right smack bang in the middle of the main hall that sells short journeys. Puçol is just up the road from Valencia, so make sure you sweat it out in the main hall, OK? The ticket waitress will tell you the platform.
Once you reach Pucol, give us a call on 0034 625 304 703.
We will be doing pick-ups every our from 9am-8pm on the day before Tomatina. If you arrive on other days or outside these times, you can call us between 9am & 8pm for a pick-up. After that, you just jump in a 5 minute cab. Same deal for if you arrive before 9am.
La Tomatina FAQ
Enter all of your questions in the comments box below and we'll answer them here...
Where do the buses from Barcelona leave from and at what time?
The buses leave from Plaza Catalunya in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. The Day Trip leaves at 3:30am and leaves from Bunol at 1pm, returning to Barcelona by roughly 7pm on the day of Tomatina. The Ride with Us trip will leave at 12pm on the 25th & return at 1pm on the 27th arriving in Barcelona at 7pm (ish).
Should I bring a change of clothes?
Yes, especially if you are on the day trip. The bus driver will not let you on in tomato pulp. If you're not on the day trip, maybe just bring a black plastic bag so they'll let you on the bus back to camp. Also be sure to stand directly in front of one of the hose-holding locals and let the beautiful, cold water clean you of excess fruit baggage before you head back towards the bus.
Are the shuttles to and from Tomatina and the other Water & Wine festival included in the price?
No. The shuttles to and from Tomatina are included. BUT it's 10€ extra for the transportation to and from the Water & Wine fight. We also throw in some boxes of red wine to get you started. Please note the Tomatina ticket is not included in the price, but is 10€ extra. This is not our choice! The town council has imposed this extra charge.
Do you provide transport from Valencia centre?
No, but getting to Puzol from Valencia is easy peasy and we pick you up from the train station there. We have set pickup times (9am - 8pm on the hour) and outside of that, just let us know when you are on the train from Valencia's central station to Puzol and we'll jump in the car and head over. See how to get there details for more info.
What is the breakfast like?
Breakfast is bacony and eggy and delicious. Sometimes there'a pancake or two thrown in for good measure. Our chefs are pretty frikking good at food.
Do we have the option of flying into Barcelona and taking one of your
buses to the camp site outside of Valencia?
Yes, you absolutely do. You can fly into Barcelona in time for the Ride With Us trip which departs at noon on 25th August and returns 7pm on 27th August. You can also do the Day Trip from Barcelona, which leaves early in the morning on the day of Tomatina (26th August at 3:30am) and returns to Barcelona late afternoon. It just depends whether you can get cheaper flights to Barcelona or Valencia and if the difference will be less than taking one of our shuttles.
It said on the website that it is a twin tent. Can it fit two people?
Yes, the twin tents are two-man tents. We have two-man tents, so if you are in a group of three, one of you will be tented with a new friend of the same sex. Tents are allocated on arrival, so just let us know your preferences when you arrive. We also have an option to have a private tent for a small additional fee - just in case you don't want to share.... or if you want leave space for the hottie you're going to meet at our campsite... You never know...
And what amenities are offered at the camp site?
The campsite is awesome! It has a giant pool, a playground, a cafe/restaurant, a little shop, hot showers, laundry area, parking, drinkable water, and it's a five minute walk from the beach.
Are there lockers where we can put our passports or other important items?
The campsite itself has no lockers, but we have a giant container which gets locked every night and we can put small valuables in there during the festival and when we're away from the campsite.
If someone throws a tomato at my head can I kick them?
Only if you kick them hard in the shins.
Will the tomato be good for my skin?
If by good you mean sting like hell but still be worth it, then yes.
If we are camping does that mean we'll be attacked by wild animals?
We serve unlimited alcohol at our camps. You, my friend, will be the wild animal.
Are these questions really the most frequently asked?
No, but if you have any specific questions you must email [email protected] - the guys in the office know absolutely everything about anything.
Tuesday 25th August
- Bus from Barcelona departs 12 noon outside Hard Rock Cafe on Plaza Catalunya
- People start arriving at the campsite
- 10PM - Bus leaves to water and wine fight (10€ extra)
- 3AM - Bus returns to campsite
Wednesday 26th August
- Bus from Barcelona departs for day trip at 3:30am outside Hard Rock Cafe on Plaza Catalunya
- 6AM - Wake up
- 6AM -7AM - Hot breakfast with bloody Mary's
- 7AM - Buses leave for Tomato Fight
- 1PM - Buses leave to head back to camp
- 6PM - Cabaret show at camp
- 6-8PM - Dinner at campsite
- 8PM - Buses head to Valencia for partying at club with swimming pool!
Thursday 27th August
- 2AM: Buses return from Valencia party
- 8AM-10AM: Breakfast
- 1PM: Ride with Us trip back to Barcelona leaves
*Free time options: Suntan, play beach volleyball, practice your Spanish on a local and fail, try to explain French kissing to a Spaniard... And fail... So show them instead. Or maybe rugby, touch rugby, just touching, football, swim, go into Valencia to do a walking tour and take in the sights + sounds of this beautiful city.
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