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La Tomatina 2021

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August 25

Day Trip From Barcelona

We hope you’re as excited for La Tomatina as we are!

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bUS PICKUP POINT

3am check in for a 3:30am departurePlaça de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona. Right in front of the Hard Rock Cafe

POP UP BAR ADDRESS

Ctra. Estación, 2
46360 Buñol, Valencia (look out for the big Stoke logo once you’re over the bridge)

CAMPSITE ADDRESS

 

Coll Vert Camping
Parque Natural de la Albufera — Playa de Pinedo
Ctra. Del Rio 486
46012 
Valencia

includes:

  • Round private coach trip from Barcelona
  • Experienced guides to lead you through the mayhem
  • La Tomatina ticket
  • Welcome drink on arrival 
  • Transfers to Stoke beachside campsite for a mini afterparty from the Tomato fight
  • Beach games equipment
  • Pop up bar in Bunol (La Tomatina site)

extras: 

  • Traditional white outfit – IT`S A MUST (white La Tomatina tee, white pants, Stoke draw string bag to put your spare pair of clothes in) ONLY €25 – to pre-order email info@stoketravel.com with your booking ID and size (S,M,L,XL), AS YOU’LL BE GOING STRAIGHT TO THE POP UP BAR, YOU’LL NEED TO PRE-ORDER YOUR OUTFITS AS WE WON’T HAVE EXCESS OUTSIDE OF THE CAMPSITE
  • La Tomatina t-shirt €15
  • If you’re keen to add a San Sebastian or Costa Brava stay to the end of your trip, please email info@stoketravel.com

DON’T FORGET

  • Cash. There’s no ATM’s on site so you won’t be able to get cash out until you’re in the city centre
  • We need your passport details! Either send them through to us with your booking number to info@stoketravel.com, or bring your passport with you to camp so we can check you in
  • Phone charging is available at our guru tent for €1. This is cash only. Our charging stations are often at capacity. We’d recommend bringing a portable charger to ensure your phone stays charged, so you can get all those snaps
  • Your best party shirt
  • A change of clothes for after the fight. You won’t be allowed on any busses covered in tomatoes!
  • A towel (we don’t sell or rent them on site) 
  • Your white outfit for the fight. If you don’t have one pre-prepared, you can buy one at the campsite for €25
  • Swimmers for the post tomato fight pool party!
  • Bring shoes that are either waterproof or that you can throw out after the fight because they will be destroyed by the end of it! White canvas shoes are a good choice, thongs (flip flops) will also work but prepare to have your toes stepped on.
  • Goggles! Tomatoes in your eyes can really sting
  • Sunscreen! Looking like a lobster is only cute if you’re actually a lobster
  • A water bottle to fill up. You’ll be saving the environment and staying hydrated all at the same time! How good!

BE A GURU (Should knows)

*not applicable for the ticket only PACKAGE AS YOU WON’T BE GOING TO THE CAMPSITE

  • NO ATM AT THE CAMPSITE – make sure you get cash out before you arrive 
  • TRADITIONAL WHITES – You need to be wearing these for the fight. Add them to your booking before you arrive, or purchase them at the campsite. You won’t be able to purchase them from the pop-up bar once we’re at the fight, so get in before then or you’ll be the odd one out! €25
  • Stoke La Tomatina t-shirt – A momento of all the fun times you had with us and a trendy new wardrobe addition in one. Or, if you already have white pants for the fight, just grab the shirt! €15
  • Unlimited booze – Open bar of beer, sangria, wine, soft drink, tea and coffee €10 a day or €5 for the 24hr trip
  • Tomatina ticket – SUPER IMPORTANT, YOU WON’T BE ALLOWED INTO THE FESTIVAL WITHOUT IT €12
  • Official Tomatina after-party including return transportation – This is the official afterparty that all the other travel companies attend the night of the fight. Hosted in an open air nightclub just outside of Valencia, If the weather is good, bring your swimmers as there are baths located around the venue. €15 if you pre-purchase online, €20 at the campsite
  • Solo tent upgrade – Don’t wanna share your tent with a stranger? Have a feeling you’ll be bringing a stranger back? Upgrade to your own solo tent and sleep easy €20/night
  • Water and Wine Fight – A fiesta to get the party started the best way the Spanish know how, by throwing wine on each other. Think dancing, live bands, parades, wine throwing, white outfits and a wild time. If you can back it up the night before the fight and know how to party, this is the one you wanna be at. There will be marching bands and townsfolk throwing water at you from balconies and little farm tractors spraying red wine into your mouths. One to tell the rents about for sure! €20 (includes private return coaches, Stoke Guide, a bottle of wine)
  • Water and Wine Fight + Bull Arena – The same as above, but with entrance to a bull arena. This one is the same big party, but you’ll be joined by a small (but still kinda scary) bull, similar to being in the arena of Running Of The Bulls. €35 (includes private return coaches, Stoke Guide, a bottle of wine and entry into the bull arena)
  • Ask us about the La Tomatina and Costa Brava Combo package, or jump on the bus to Costa Brava, one-way transfer €90

Facilities 

*not applicable for the ticket only PACKAGE AS YOU WON’T BE GOING TO THE CAMPSITE 

  • A pool
  • A play ground
  • A cafe/restaurant
  • A little shop
  • Hot showers
  • Laundry area
  • Parking
  • Drinkable water
  • Five-minute walk from the beach

*Facilities may vary if you’re travelling with us to different locations such as Ibiza, San Sebastian or Costa Brava. This list is specific to our La Tomatina campsite. If you have any specific questions regarding the facilities of the other locations, email us at info@stoketavel.com 

STOKE TRAVEL’S COMMON SENSE GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE In the festival 

Some of the festivals that we attend obviously come with some risks attached. Fear not though, we’re pretty much pro’s at this point. We’ve put together a list of our hot tips, follow them closely and in a perfect world, we all leave the festival unscathed. 

  • Wear closed toe shoes – The festival takes place in a tight, narrow street filled with thousands of people who are excited and probably drunk. Your feet will not be their top priority. Please protect your toes by wearing appropriate footwear. We recommend buying a cheap pair and then throwing them out afterwards. 
  • Crush whole tomatoes with your hands before you throw them – You may not have experienced it before, but being hit by a whole, sometimes not very ripe tomato, really hurts. We’re all here to have a good time and come away without a black eye so think of your fellow revellers and make sure you squish those bad boys before throwing. 
  • Invest in some goggles – Tomato in your eyes HURTS! If you value being able to see clearly and your eyes not stinging, goggles are the way to go. Protect your peepers! 
  • Only take what you need into the festival, leave the rest behind – Festivals like this are a goldmine for pick-pockets. While you’re busy throwing tomatoes, they’ll reach in and steal your phone from right under your nose. Keep your things in a waterproof bag around your neck if you can, and under your shirt when you’re not using them to avoid them being ripped off you. Be savvy and keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine. (keep in mind selfie sticks are not allowed)
  • Keep an eye on your friends – It’s a big, big festival with looooots of people around. No one likes losing their friends and things like this are way more fun with people you like. When you enter, stick together and even choose a meeting point for after the fight if you get lost. There’s nothing worse than being lost in a crowd of thousands of people covered head to toe in red mush, when all you wanna do is find your pals. 
  • Don’t grab at peoples clothing – This is just generally not a nice thing to do, and even less nice when you’re squished in with hundreds of thousands of strangers. Personal boundaries are still a thing and we still need to respect them. Torn t-shirts aren’t cute, you wouldn’t like it if someone was grabbing at you willy-nilly, so don’t do it to anyone else. 
  • Take care of your wristband – You will be given your wristband at the campsite, make sure you keep it in pristine condition as you won’t be able to get in without it, and there is absolutely no chance at all that you’ll get a replacement. 

 

STOKE TRAVEL’S COMMON SENSE GUIDE TO STAYING SAFE at the campsite

*If at any time you feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact the onsite Noble Security team, or any member of the Stoke Travel crew who will radio for security.

As far as situations go, a Stoke Travel trip is amongst the safest. Unlike in the ‘real’ world, everybody here is intent on having a good time with new and old friends – your fellow Stokies are way more likely to hold your hair back while you puke than steal your wallet.

That being so, we’re more in danger of hurting ourselves while on a Stoke Travel trip than falling foul of our fellow travellers. Here’s a quick little guide to partying safe with Stoke Travel.

  1. Drink plenty of water.
    You’re going to drink heaps of beer and sangria, and you’re going to have a plenty big hangover, but you can really limit it by smashing a few cups of water throughout the day and evening.
  2. Remember to eat!
    We’re going to hook you up with a hearty bottomless brunch breakfast buffet, and as the bare minimum that should keep your stomach lined and engine running. Do not skip these meals, even if you are suffering horrifically from one of the aforementioned hangovers. We also strongly advise getting a lunch and dinner in there too, maybe even every day.
  3. Zip your tent up when you’re in it and when you leave it.
    Seems basic, but you’d be surprised how often drunk us forgets to do this. When you get in your tent at night make sure you zip it up to prevent unexpected rain showers from disturbing your slumber. Same goes for when you leave your tent. It’ll take two seconds to zip it up, but that’ll save you from wet clothes, chafe, and maybe even pneumonia. If you also brought your favourite pair of socks and want to make sure they’re safe, you can purchase a lock from the guru tent for only €5. 
  4. Don’t be a creep.
    Like, seriously, has that ever worked out for you? Similarly, if you see somebody being a creep and making people uncomfortable let us know and we’ll have a friendly word to them. Sometimes they just don’t realise how gross they are.
  5. No means no, consent matters.
    At a very basic level if you hit on somebody and they say no then you’ve just got to cop that. They’re just not that into you. It sucks for about three seconds, but you’re literally surrounded by hundreds of young, like-minded travellers. Suck it up and move on. When you do find somebody who’s into you and you want to move through the bases, make sure you get consent. It really, really, really, really, really does matter.  
  6. If you see somebody having a bad time, make sure they’re ok.
    We are all brothers and sisters and gender non-specific relations out here. If you see somebody struggling in any way, check on them, grab a Stoke staff member and just do what any decent human being would do.

Staying safe at Stoke Travel is super easy, but sometimes we get a little out of control and forget the basics. If you ever find yourself in any kind of situation do not hesitate to contact Stoke staff, or security, and we’ll sort you out immediately. We’re here to help – help you have the best time possible. Mwah.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Cash. There’s no ATM’s on site so you won’t be able to get cash out until you’re in the city centre
  • Your passport for check in
  • Your white outfit for the fight. THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT!  You can add one to your booking before you arrive, or buy one at the campsite for €25
  • A change of clothes for after the fight. You won’t be allowed on any busses covered in tomatoes!
  • Your best party shirt
  • Warm clothes (it can get a bit chilly at night)
  • A towel (we don’t sell or rent them on site) 
  • Portable phone charger
  • ​A pillow if your backpack won’t do
  • Swimmers for the post tomato fight pool party!
  • Condoms (better safe than sorry, right?)
  • Bring shoes that are either waterproof or that you can throw out after the fight because they will be destroyed by the end of it! White canvas shoes are a good choice, thongs (flip flops) will also work, but prepare to have your toes stepped on
  • Goggles! Tomatoes in your eyes can really sting. 
  • Sunscreen! Looking like a lobster is only cute if you’re actually a lobster. 
  • A water bottle to fill up. You’ll be saving the environment and staying hydrated all at the same time! How good!

Guides Guide

We probably don’t even need to be telling you this, but La Tomatina is Spain’s famous tomato fight and the world’s biggest food fight. 

The history is a lil hazy when it comes to it’s humble beginnings, but the most generally accepted theory is that a spontaneous food fight broke out back in 1945, when a local man became super mad after being pushed over in the street. He retaliated by grabbing market tomatoes to hurl at everybody in sight. The following year, the local youngens turned up on the same day, prepared for the battle with tomatoes in tow of course. In the 1950s authorities banned La Tomatina, so it took on more of a rebellious vibe, with some seeing it as a way to act against the Spanish dictatorship. In 1957 authorities gave in, realised how much fun could be had, and La Tomatina became the official party we all know and love! 

The fight is held every year on the morning of the last Wednesday in August, in Buñol, a little town west of Valencia. More than 40,000 people get in on the madness, from all over the world, ready to throw more than 15 tonnes of tomatoes. 

From 8am on the day of La Tomatina, a big slippery ham is hung on the top of a greased up pole in the packed town square. The aim of the game is to be the first person to climb up the slippery pole and grab the ham, with the crowd yelling and screaming (all the while being drenched with water from hoses, because a tomato hitting a wet person hurts way less than a dry person ). They have from 10am – 11am, and the moment the ham is grabbed, a pistol goes off, the tomato trucks appear, and it’s go time. If no one reaches the ham by 11am, the fight will begin. 

As seems to be Spanish tradition, everyone wears white, probably to see exactly how much of a mess tomatoes can really make on white clothes. In saying that, you’ll see plenty of Spanish men chucking tomatoes at each other in their undies, while heaps of people wear goggles or snorkelling gear to keep the mush out of their eyes and nose.

6 trucks filled with tomatoes will move through the streets over the course of an hour, leaving everyman for himself behind them. The fight is officially over at 1pm, but the masses of crazy tomato covered people will often hang around a little bit longer and throw some more, take pics for the gram, and splash around a bit before they head out. On the way out, locals will be standing on the street with their hoses ready to spray you down, usually for a €1 donation. If you’re savvy, there’s also a little river on the way out that you can stop at to rinse off in. 

Itinerary

ITINERARY 

Please make a note of the following times so you don’t miss out on any of the important transport departure times! 

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August 26

BUS LEAVES BARCELONA – IT’S FIGHT DAY!

  • 3:30am: Bus leaves Barcelona (check map and directions for location)
  • 8:30am: Bus arrives at the pop-up bar, we have some welcome drinks and get ready to head into the fight with the rest of the guests from the campsite
  • 10am: The crowd scrambles to reach a leg of ham balanced on a 5m high wooden pole. When (if) someone reaches this ham, the tomato fight officially begins!
  • 11am: If no one reaches the ham before 11am a rocket is launched and trucks carrying tonnes and tonnes of tomatoes are dumped throughout the street. Prepare yourself for about an hour of absolute carnage of throwing fleshy fruit at strangers, friends, family, locals and tourists alike. Following the fight we’ll head back towards the buses. You can stop off to be rinsed for a coin donation by locals with their garden hoses. Remember to bring a spare change of clothes!
  • 2pm: Buses leave to head back to camp – there are showers you’ll be able to use at camp so you won’t have to travel back to Barcelona covered in tomato

The campsite has a pool, a little cafe/restaurant and is a 5 minute walk to the beach. You’ll have the whole afternoon to drink some beers, make heaps of new friends, swim, work on your tan, chill out, or do pretty much whatever takes your fancy.  

  • 7pm: Bus leaves the campsite for Barcelona 
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August 27

BUS ARRIVES BACK IN BARCELONA 

  • 12am: Buses return from La Tomatina (drop off point the same as pick up)
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