RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
It has to be said that the Spanish may sound like lawless funsters who disobey all the rules but the reason that La Tomatina and other fiestas in Spain are fun and relatively accident free is that they do, in fact, respect the rules.
La Tomatina lasts for exactly one hour from the cannon shot, once the Ham has been won from the 'Soap Pole'.
It ends with another cannon shot. The Spanish rarely continue after the cannon. Niether should you.
The Organisers tell you to squash tomatoes prior to hurling them, They can really hurt if they hit you, whole, in the face.
T-shirts must never be knotted and thrown, a wet t-shirt with a knot in can do serious damage.
Ladies, do wear a bather under your t-shirt or top, you will more than likely lose your top during the battle...
Never take valuables or passports into the fray - there is a serious amount of pickpocketing at La Tomatina each year - make sure, if you are on a coach, that they will look after your belongings while you battle. (if you are on a thisisvalencia.com coach - its all part of the service)Or leave your things for a few euros with one of the villagers offering the service on the way into the village.
Oh, and bring a change of clothes, and if you are on our thisisvalencia.com tour, bring your swimmers - we swim and chill in a lovely spot after lunch.
RULES AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE ORGANISERS OF LA TOMATINA
These are virtually verbatim from their copy, we've changed a bit of spelling and grammar, but 'tip for enjoyment' number four is classic,
so we left it unchanged. (anything in italics are our notes and additions)
RULES & TIPS FOR ENJOYMENT FROM BUÑOL CITY HALL
The City Hall of Buñol has prepared a list of rules which will ensure that the Tomatina remains a celebration. These simple rules of civic responsibility and cohabitation are important for the festival to develop as usual, without any problem:
· You must not bring bottles or other type of objects which could cause an accident.
· You must not break(knot) or throw T-shirts.
· The tomatos must be squashed before throwing them, to avoid hurting people.
· You must be careful of any lorry.
· When you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatos.
TIPS FOR ENJOYMENT
Do not wear flip-flops, wear old sports shoes
Do not wear clothes that you want to wear again in the future, it ishighly likely they will be ruined. - don't forget we give you a free tee-shirt, and we'll have extras for sale on the day
Goggles are very practical, because the tomatos cause itchiness in the eyes. (Later, your skin will be very smooth due to the tomatoes.) - - don't forget we give you a free pair of goggles on the day!
Enjoy it the most. It is great to be able to do something as nonsense as throwing tomatoes to anyone moving for an hour. You can relieve all your tightness. We should celebrate it more often.
If you want to take pictures, you need an underwater waterproof camera. - We always carry a stock of very reasonably priced waterproof disposable cameras on the day - order in advance narer the day
Do not bring a video camera. - unless it is waterproof.
Never, and we mean never, climb on a gate, window, wall, etc. to be able to watch the battle, you will became the target of 40,000 people.
Don't miss the ‘soap-post’ a pole rubbed in soap with a ham leg hanging at the top. If you can reach the top, the ham leg is yours.