La Tomatina Festival in Spain8 Days • 2 Cities La Tomatina Festival in Spain
Get ready to participate in the most epic food fight ever—La Tomatina Festival is like no party you’ve ever been to before. Unless you routinely go to parties where you get smashed with flying tomatoes and dance in a mosh pit of tomato-covered people. This wacky, fruity festival (yes, tomatoes are fruit) takes place just outside the coastal Spanish city of Valencia, and is something you have to see to believe. Experience the never ending nightlife of Barcelona and historic sites of Valencia before getting (tomato) sauced. If you like classic architecture, laid-back locals, sunshine, good food, great beaches, and giant tomato-y parties, this is the trip for you.
What are the top highlights?
- Cover yourself (and 50,000 strangers) in smashed tomatoes at La Tomatina Festival
- Get immersed in Spanish culture, cuisine and customs
- Dance the night away at beachside nightclubs in Barcelona
- Taste-test tapas and wash them down with a glass of cava (and more tapas)
- Soak up some rays on the beautiful beaches of Valencia
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Entrance to La Tomatina Festival
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Barcelona! Sit back, relax, and practice saying, ‘una jarra de sangría,’ and be ready to order sangria upon arrival.
Day 2: Welcome to Barcelona
Welcome to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture, premium beaches and the beloved FC Barcelona futbol team. If you thought you were a dedicated sports fan, wait ‘till you meet the futbol-obsessed citizens of Barcelona (that’s soccer, for us Americans). Get ready to fiesta all night, because this city truly doesn’t sleep (except during siestas, because let’s face it, adults need naps, too).
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
In the evening, it's time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with your new friends and travelers. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
Day 3: Tour Barcelona
Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture and atmosphere with a local guide as you wander the streets of this enchanting Spanish city. This historic city is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of which were built by Gaudi (he’s kind of a big deal around here). Take in the impressive sites, and understand why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.
- Explore the Gothic Quarter with your guide. Don't forget your black eyeliner (cue crickets).
- Visit one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line anywhere.
- See the 1992 Olympic Park which lines the Mediterranean Sea.
- Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where construction started over 100 years ago by Gaudí.
- Take the evening to revisit any of the sights, hit the beach, or explore on your own.
Day 4: Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson + Free Day in Barcelona
The day is yours to experience Barcelona as you please. Whether that means exploring a new neighborhood, lounging on a beach, or kicking back with some tapas and a pitcher of sangria, you really can’t go wrong. Feeling adventurous? Join the Stand Up Paddle Board & Beach day excursion in Sitges.
Free Time Suggestions
Market Down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
Playa Long: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.
Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down.
Beach Town Vibes: Stand-up Paddleboarding in Sitges(extra cost)
Big cities are cool and everything, but you ever try spending the day in a supremely chill artist commune just outside of Barcelona? Sitges is exactly that: a laid-back beach town with quaint shops, coastline for days, and most importantly, plenty of wide-open space in the beautiful Mediterranean to stand-up paddleboard on. Work your core without even realizing it as you learn how to paddle around the bay from a professional instructor. Make sure to keep your GoPro handy to capture the amazing Spanish Riviera-esque backdrop behind you (and if you happen to catch your friends falling in the water, so be it). Afterwards, explore the trinket shops and beachside cafés at your own pace, pausing to Google “how to get Spanish citizenship.”
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 5: Transfer to Valencia
Your time in Barcelona has come to an end. But never fear, because you’re on your way to the coastal city of Valencia, the third largest city in Spain and home of La Tomatina Festival. Explore the city with a local guide, and then head to a La Tomatina pre-party, because it’s never too soon to get the good times rolling.
- Enjoy a scenic bus ride down the coast of Spain before arriving in Valencia.
- Get to know your new stomping grounds with a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
- Snap some selfies in front of a few of Valencia’s most famous monuments, including Valencia Cathedral, Torres de Serrans, and Llotja de la Seda (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
- Start celebrating La Tomatina a day early with a pre-party at an exclusive, outdoor nightclub.
Day 6: Throw Tomatoes at La Tomatina Festival
Prepare to get messy—you’re headed to La Tomatina Festival. Each year, more than 220,000 pounds of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Yeah, let that sink in for a bit. This whole crazy event started back in 1945 when a scuffle broke out during a parade, and people started pelting each other with tomatoes (why settle things with your words when you have tomatoes?). And the rest is history. If you’ve ever fantasized about throwing a big, mushy tomato at someone, here’s your chance.
- Board a bus to Buñol, the Valencian town where you will spend your afternoon basically swimming in tomato juice.
- Think disposable: bring a change of clothes for after the festival, and wear clothes you would be willing to toss. Unless tomato-stained clothes are the next new fashion trend.
- Volunteer as tribute (kidding, please don’t). The festival technically doesn’t begin until one fearless person has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased wooden pole with a ham at the top. We told you this party was weird.
- Grab your tomatoes! Once the ham has been obtained, or the first cannon has been fired, the tomato-throwing begins.
- Get cleaned up and head to a post-party in Valencia to celebrate your participation in the world’s biggest food fight.
Day 7: Enjoy a Free Day in Valencia
Today’s your day to hang out in Valencia and shop, eat, beach, relax, explore, or whatever other verb you feel like doing. Then, tuck in to a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Free Time Suggestions
Beach, please!: Head to some of Valencia’s most picturesque beaches, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. La Malvarrosa is a local favorite that we would 10/10 recommend checking out.
Get cultured: The City of Arts and Sciences is an architectural wonderland that is as fun to look at as it is to explore. Visit Oceanogràfic, Europe’s biggest aquarium, or stroll through The Umbracle, a huge, open-access garden.
Go Medieval(ish): Old meets new in Barrio del Carmen, a trendy area in medieval old town. This is the go-to place for hip restaurants, cozy cafes, and bustling nightlife in Valencia
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 8: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
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A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
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