One of the best, and probably top 5 in the daftest, of our unusual things to do around the World has to be the Tomatina.
What is the Tomatina?
The Tomatina is a long running traditional, proper silly, tomato fight on an epic scale. With tens of thousands of participants pelting the hell out of each other with tonnes and tonnes of overripe tomatoes. If you like getting messy, and painting the town red, then this is the event for you! Expect to get red – very red! The town is left swimming in a sea of red tomatoe juice.
Read more on Wikipedia here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina
Ticket only at the 2013 Tomatina
This year’s Tomatina will take place on 28th August 2013, but for the first time ever, and as a result of the overwhelming success of the event in previous years, 2013 will see the introduction of ticket only entry. Only 20,000 tickets will be on offer to limit crowd sized (and probably raise some much needed revenue to boot) at €10 per person. A bargain I would say – if you costed it ‘per laugh’ I could not think of many other events offering a better ‘laugh per buck’ rate!
Get your tickets purchased here and get the dates in your diary! With capacity capped at 20,000 tickets I expect a very quick sell out - the record was around 50,000 screaming 'tommy chuckers'!
Where and when is the Tomatina
The Tomatina is Spain’s famous Tomato Fight, which takes place each August in the small town of Buñol (pronounced bun-yol) in the Valencia region of Spain.
More unusual things to do in Spain
Can't get to the Tomatina?, not managed top get a ticket? no worries Spain is full of great and unusual things to do. Forget the old stereotypical view of Spain being just beaches, bars and sangria. Its a rich and cultural place with some amazing and unusual things to do. Similar to the Tomatina there are great water and wine fights, the amazing Las Fallas fireworks (also in Valencia), multi day horse treks, colourful fun ferias in every village and town, Semana Santa eater parades, Virgin del Carmen parades, San Juan longest night beach parties, amazing hiking, biking, rafting, paragliding and canyoning, just to name a few.
Take a look at our guide to unusual things to do in Spain, choose your region to see what's on offer, and take your pick(s)!