Billed as 'the world's craziest festival' and 'the world's biggest tomato fight', visitors should be prepared to be soaked in tomato juice when this quirky Valencia festival gets going. Almost 10,000 visitors descend annually on this tiny little village just 25 miles (40km) outside of Valencia to throw tomatoes at one another in the world's biggest food fight. Begun in 1945, allegedly as a result of a restaurant food fight, it has become a highlight on the summer festival calendar for party-animals, with thousands of people flocking to decimate the loads of tomatoes brought into town on lorries. The street party is worth enjoying even if you don't get clobbered with a ripe juicy fruit. The actual tomato fight only lasts about an hour.
Date: 29 August 2012