La Tomatina, The Tomato Fight Festival

On the last Wednesday of August every year a food fight festival called La Tomatina is held in Spain in the city of Bunol. Many people from all over the world participate in the festival where many tons of ripe tomatoes are thrown at each other in the streets. There is a brutal battle of tomatoes that takes place in the festival.

The La Tomatina festival lasts for a week and has many dances, fireworks and music and many parades. A night before the tomatoes fight all the people participating people come together and they compete against each other in a paella cooking competition. As a part of the tradition men do not wear shirts in the festival and women wear black. Many people from different parts of the world come to Bunol to witness this festival.

The festival is very famous and about 20000-50000 people come every year for it. Tomatoes are brought in from all parts of the country and the only use is that they are thrown at each other. The tomato throwing happens for an hour but the festival lasts for a week and there of lots of food and great music and dance and everybody enjoys it to the core.

The food fight lasts for a hour and after that a rocket is launched which signifies that no more tomatoes can be thrown at the others after that. After this the whole town cleans the streets and after the entire cleaning the city looks very clean because of the acidic property of the vegetable.
For all those people who like to and wish to attend the festival they should ensure that they carry proper eye ware as saving the eyes from the tomatoes is very important. The tomato juice really hurts the eyes. Another important thing is the correct footwear as with tons of tomatoes on the floor it becomes very slippery and there are chances of slipping and hurting themselves.

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The weeklong festival takes place in the honour of the patron saint of the town. The festivities are great as they are many things to enjoy and there is lots of wine to drink and lots of delicious food to eat. The festival is a must watch and one must surely attend it as it is very unique. One will rarely witness something so different. A weeklong of celebrations where there are people more than 5 times of the city and the end is with a tomato fight. The community spirit is reflective when everybody comes together and cleans the town to leave it clean and shining. This festival is something one should for sure attend in their life as it is too much fun for sure.

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When you go to Barcelona, you feel like being a city other than Spain. With its rich culture, this country is like an open air museum. They introduce themselves as Catalans. They will tell that there was Catalan culture before Spain was established. They will say that they are more cosmopolit than Madrid and more European than Spain. They regard Spain as a union including many provinces other than a country.

The best known symbol of Barcelona is the Temple of the Holy Family which is located in the boulevard of Catalan Governor Office. It was started to be built in 1882 by Villar with a gothic shape, but then Anthony Gaudi went on its building till he died. The structure is still being built. In Barcelona, modern structures show differences with the effects of rich culture of Barcelona. The cause of this difference is the combination of Gothic, Islamic, Renaissance, Romansk, and Byzantine styles. Glass and brick used in ornation was designed by Gaudi to form a modern style. It is possible to see the other structures of Gaudi in the city like The Quarry.

Barri Gotic is an popular place of the visitors despite not being a touristic village. Here is a small village of Spain attracting many tourists who wants to learn more about the culture of Barcelona. The painter was born in Barri Gotic and his impressions of the village are reflected in his art.

Barcelona can nat be imagined without Picasso. Picasso was born in 1881 in Malaga. He lived in Barcelona and was inspired by Barri Gotik and Barri Xines regions. He dealt with empresyonizm and sembolizm. Picasso returned to Barcelona in 1901 and till 1904 he created his best arts. In 1904 he went to France and died 1973 in France. The art pieces of Picasso was begun to collected in a museum in 1962. Museo Picasso is in Barcelona with its art pieces more than 2,500.

The famous Las Ramblas Street is only a mile away the harbour. There is the famous Christopher Colombus Statue just beside the harbour along the Mediterranean Sea. The other boulevard where concerts and dramas are held  is Plaza of the King. After returning his voyage to Barcelona, Colombus entered the presence of Isabella and Ferdinand in this place.

Bull fighting can not be imagined apart from Spain. For watching bull fighting, you are supposed to buy your tickets two days ago. Ticket prices may vary according to the fighting, but it is generally between 1000 and 6000 Peseta. The fights of the bulls whose age are 3 is always less than 1000 Peseta. Before entering the arena, do not forget to buy flower for throwing to matadors. Undoubtedly, the favourite colours of Spain is red and black. In the boulevard of Sagrada Familia and katalan office, you can watch the show of Serdana dancers and have a fun there.

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May 16, 2008 by  
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The land of Flamenco, bull fights, and fantastic beaches, Spain can offer you with so much more. Spain is located at the Iberian Peninsula just southwest of Europe. Spain owns the Canary Islands on the Atlantic and the Balearic Islands on the Mediterranean. It is the third country in Europe in extension and is fifth among the largest in population. It is visited by 45 million visitors per year, and is a fascinating country to discover and to discover more.

Spain is one of the cultural centers of Europe; it has been for thousands of years. So what’s attracting so much people to visit it? Let’s find out.

Spain is composed of coastlines, World Heritage cities, National Parks and cultural spots. Fiestas, events, arts and culture, food, nature, sports, and wine routes are just some of the things you can do to enjoy Spain and its heritage. But first things first, plan your trip.

Spain VacationsThe best time to visit Spain is May, June, August and September. You’ll expect good weather and avoid extreme heat. The best time is the Seaman Santa (or Holy Week) just before Easter. Pack lightly extreme heat can really be a minus for anyone. Bring light linen, short-sleeved tops and avoid the woolies. Now that we’ve identified when to go and what to wear, next on the list is where should we go visit?

Spanish heritage includes cultural events mostly celebrated year round. In January, Festividad in San Sebastian is celebrated when the whole town dress up in costumes and just go crazy. Carnaval is celebrated all throughout the country in late February, go to Sitges it goes really wild up there. March marks Las Fallas with all night dancing, drinking, fireworks displays and processions. Try to book a reservation in Seville if you intend to visit during Semana Santa, which is also perfect place to be come April to enjoy Feria de Abril which is a week-long party.

In July, The Running of the Bulls (Sanfermines) in Pamplona is unleashed. It is the most famous festival not only in Spain but around the world as well. Another famous event falls on the last Wednesday of August in a Valencian town of Bunol, where they celebrate the bounty of the tomato harvest, by filling up the streets with tomato! La Tomatina is an event that involves the throwing and sploshing of tomatoes everywhere and to anyone, unless they don’t do it to you first, that is, in a friendly riot. August also marks Semana Grande, which is simply a big party with a lot of drinking.

Spain hosts a lot of great parties and great food and usually they celebrate it with reason and tradition. So if you’re thinking of dropping-by make sure your pocket is as ready as your stomach. Ole!

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