Where is best to stay the night before?
How do you get there and what time should you leave?
We got to our station for 5am and booked our tickets for the first train to Bunol. Seems a little extreme for a festival that starts at 11am but by 6am the station was heaving with people and the queues for the ticket machines were ridiculous. I dread to think how many people didn't actually manage to make it to the festival. From here we had to walk down the road to catch a metro to the main station. The queues at the main station were extreme and as we had bought our tickets already we just walked (ran with arms waving in the air) straight passed the queues and onto the next train to Bunol. It's plain sailing from there.
Do I really need goggles?
1. Getting hit in the face definitely hurts more when wearing goggles.
2. Every splatter of a tomato requires at least 10 seconds of cleaning before you can see again.
3. I am pretty sure people aimed for me more purely because I was wearing goggles.
Yes the build up of tomato acid in your eyes does start to get a bit sore but a flush of water fixes it straight away. Carry a bottle (plastic!) of water with you or just wait for the locals to get their hose pipes out at the end.
What should I wear?
What else should I take?
Nothing! Well as little as possible. I tried wrapping my train ticket and some money in a plastic sleeve and it still ended up sodden. If you have a proper waterproof phone pouch or something similar then use it. Money for drinks and the best BBQ food at the end is a must. BBQ's line the whole route back to the train station so don't bother queuing for the first few that you see. If you have to take bags with you then there are paid "cloak rooms" if required.
Is it really as rough as people say?
Anything else to note?
The best place to be when you are there is near the meat post. But if you get there early enough, the post wouldn't even be up yet. Ask around, it's in a square quite far into your walk from the station.
My waterproof and shockproof camera was in its element.
As the tomatoes start to bake into your skin under the midday sun, it will itch. You will have the best shower ever and it was totally worth having our own apartment to go back to.
Valencia has a good 3 or 4 days worth of stuff to do in it. read my blog on Spain for more information on stuff to do. Enjoy it! :o)
(Sorry for any spelling mistakes! I'm rushing as I leave for Vietnam tomorrow and don't get back before the festival!! :o))