Spain is an exotic country that boasts cinematic coastlines, dramatic landscapes and unrivalled skylines clubbed along with vibrant heritage, relaxed lifestyle, friendly inhabitants, world-famous festivities and a lip-smacking cuisine that compliments the culture and its people. Exploring Spain painted in Red would reveal whole new shades of it. Painted in beautiful arrays of hues, Spain will boast a whole new aura to the exploration of this land along with the festive tour of La Tomatina! The Bollywood movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara’ set a whole new imagery for exploring Spain thereby increasing the number of Indian Bollywood fan tourists to follow the trails!
The records were observed to rise up so drastically that the movie was also addressed by the Spanish tourism boards. With the true hype of the festival of La Tomatina portrayed in this movie, the attention of the curious explorers was grabbed on so strongly that La Tomatina became a part of so many bucket lists from that year! To understand the real insights of Spain’s Tomatina, understanding the festival and what it has to offer is very necessary. Designing travel and exploring of Spain along with the celebration of such a unique festival gave rise to the perfectly matched ideology of our La Tomatina Festival tour!
Origin of the festival:
The story of the origin of this festival is a corny story and funny as you may expect! La Tomatina will celebrate its special 73rd anniversary Fest this year! In around 1945, there was an impromptu battle of tomatoes in the crowd gathered in the People’s Square due to some fight. After which the same people gathered to repeat the episode in the memory of it. It was banned for few years and yet the tradition rose up as an interesting festive concept! A quirky comic episode that became a national tradition recognised around the globe! As funny as it may sound La Tomatina has gained popularity over the years and has successfully become one of the best known and international festivals in the world.
Fun facts of La Tomatina!
- About the tomatoes?
Around 40 metric tonnes which are around 150,000 over-ripe tomatoes are splattered and used in this crazy festival of La Tomatina.
Tomatoes used for La Tomatina are no good for anything else. The tomatoes which are over-ripe and are about to rot are chosen for the festival.
These tomatoes are grown and brought extremely cheaply from the exclusive region of Spain, Extremadura.
These tomatoes are of such low quality that they are known to be inedible.
- About the people who attend?
According to the records, around 40,000 people attended the festival in the tiny town of Valencia in Buñol.
90% of the crowd celebrating the La Tomatina festival is observed to be foreigners, especially travelling for the festival!
- About the benefits?
Tomatoes are known to be natural disinfectants. Thereby, after La Tomatina, your skin that got drenched in the puree of tomatoes will be cleansed with simply no traces of impurities.
The cleanliness of the town is also taken care of! Fire-fighters extinguish the fire of craze and cleanse the town all over again!
Travel as you celebrate:
Following on the footsteps of Travel, Explore and Celebrate, Veena World is delighted to bring forth a unique concept of festive special travel wherein you get the amazing opportunity to get a part of the Spanish festive extravaganza combined along with travel! Can exploration of Spain get any more perfect? Explore the capital city of Spain, Madrid with a whole new reason waiting ahead of your trip. Enjoy the city orientation tour which includes the Plaza de Espana, Sabatini Garden, Cervantes Statue, Cibeles fountain, Parliament, Puerto del Sol. Then visit the Royal Palace from inside and witness what the royalty looks like. Later visit Prado Museum popularly known to be one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Then leave for Seville as your festive day come closer and closer. Enjoy Seville city tour wherein we visit the massive cathedral with the Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Moorish Giralda Tower, The Alcazar, a photo stop at Santa Cruz Quarter with flower-decked balconies and the Ultramodern expo site – a small scale model of “Victoria” the first vessel to circumnavigate the globe. Then visit Metropol Parasol famed to be the largest wooden structure in the world. In the evening enjoy the Flamenco Show with dinner. Proceed to the land of Cordoba. Visit Mezquita from inside followed by orientation city tour which includes Roman Bridge, Arab waterwheels and Plaza del Potro.
The land of Valencia awaits you finally for letting you experience the celebration that took the attention of the globe. Proceed to Bunol to enjoy the fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Experience the one-hour festival and be a part of this iconic celebration. Live the vibes of the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara’ which made it an exclusive part of the bucket list of many!
Post the festival time indulge your days to continue the exploration of Spain. Enjoy orientation city tour which includes Plaza del Mercado, Serranos Towers, Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Cathedral of Valencia. Then visit the City of Arts and Sciences to see the work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, several of its buildings have become icons in the city. Then visit Ceramics Museum from inside. Later we proceed to Barcelona where you get a chance to visit Poble Espanyol – an open-air Archeological museum and Spanish village showing replicas of characteristic houses from all regions of Spain. Enjoy Barcelona city orientation tour which includes an Olympic stadium, colourful La Ramblas, Statue of Christopher Columbus and a visit to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Later take a cable car ride to Montjuic hill which gives a panoramic view of the entire Barcelona city and Tibidabo hill. It is a whole new experience to witness the sunset in the evening as you enjoy beach front of Barcelona!
This sun-kissed land of Spain is beautiful with an extremely charming atmosphere and ambience that attracts travellers and leisure lovers. The architectural specimens are so many and can be found in every corner of the country. Explore the land that lives on high spirits and believe in enjoying life to the fullest in a whole new way! Travel to celebrate and explore to live the land in its true colours. Experience and live the enthusiasm like in the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and create your own version of memories! Lift up the spirit of celebration as the world awaits to give you all that with a perfect experience to be selected from our specially crafted itinerary options. Exploring Spain will never be the same as the idea of festive special exploration! So set on your journey of redefining Spain travel as you paint it red!