Get a Little Dirty for La Tomatina in Valencia: Details and Hotels

- Melanie Zieba,

Who doesn’t like to get a little dirty sometimes? It’s that time of the year again for the salsa riot, better known as La Tomatina. In Valencia Spain, every third week in August, this festival gives a whole new meaning to “playing with your food”.

tomatinaParticipants take their best shot and pelt each other with juicy red tomatoes. Wednesday, August 26, 2009 is this year’s big day to get a little messy!

Although this food fight happens on one day, preparation for it is a weeklong festival featuring parades, music, dancing and fireworks. Officially held in the town of Bunol just outside of Valencia, this festival has been a strong tradition since 1945. Possible theories on how this craziness all began vary from a practical joke on a bad musician to a local food fight – but the most popular is that disgruntled townspeople attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration.

With so many beautiful luxury hotels in Spain, Hospes Palau de la Mar is the perfect hotel in Valencia to rest up from all the festivities or wash off all of that tomato juice.

Located in the heart of Valencia, and only a 30 min drive east of the La Tomatina showdown in Bunol, this beautifully designed boutique hotel is sure to be a fabulous experience in and of itself. Close to many cultural land marks such as the Palace of Music, Oceanic Museum, Plaza del Toros and the Mediterranean beach makes the Hospes Palau de la Mar is a great pick for visitors of all interests.

Hospes Palau de la Mar is housed in a heritage-listed 19th century stately home which symbolizes the values of the city’s inhabitants and their seafaring spirit. Continuing a tradition of fine cuisine and hospitality, the Palau de la Mar (Palace of the Sea) is a modern remodeling of two palace residences in the centre of the city with interior designs by Isabel Lopes and Sandra Tarruella.

hospes-palau-de-la-mar-valenciaDining at Hospes Palau de la Mar is wonderful with scrumptious morning breakfasts to start your day and elegant dinners presenting a range of local dishes, prepared with the fines Valencian ingredients. Although the city is basking with wonderful eateries, with this hotels culinary talent, you may never want to leave.

The coast of the Mediterranean is always inviting and is sure to take your breath away. Whether you come to participate in the festivities or relax and get away from it all, your trip to Valencia is sure to be an unforgettable one.

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  1. The Hospes Palau del Mar is one of our favourite hotels in the city, Thisisvalencia.com have a luxury La Tomatina tour which gets you to the food fight and then takes you to a countryside location with showers and pool for a typical Valencian Tapas and Paella lunch accompanied by Beer and Sangria more details on the link

  2. nico says:

    To the people that want to travel to Spain and especially Andalucía I give you a good tip. There is a great hostel where you can crash! In the White Nest Hostel in Granada, recently opened, you can find a young international group of like minded people, in fresh vibrant surroundings. You will have a great time to remember your entire life…..Based at the foot of the Alambra, the area is both central and historical. I recommend you to stay in Hostels Granada and experience the life of Albayzin, Sacromonte and the heart of Granada itself. Big