Oktoberfest, Pamplona and La Tomatina: Cutting loose at Europe’s big three festivals

Oktoberfest, Pamplona and La Tomatina: Cutting loose at Europe’s big three festivals

OKTOBERFEST, PAMPLONA & LA TOMATINA | The holy trinity of festivals – positively essential and nothing less than travellers’ rites of passage. If you don’t get your ass to at least one of them you aren’t trying hard enough! Let’s get messy …

La Tomatina

OKTOBERFEST + RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN PAMPLONA + LA TOMATINA

Festivals don’t come crazier than those found in Europe, and as an Australian, you’re probably brave enough to venture to one. Nowhere else do you find the sheer scale of wacky and weird festival choice; from the cheese rolling of England to the Cannabis Cup of Holland, there’s truly something for everyone.

There remains, however, the holy trinity of festivals that are positively essential, nothing less than rites of passage, and if you don’t get your ass to at least one of them during your time in London you simply aren’t trying hard enough!

Rampaging bulls, the mother of all food fights and loads of beer, sound good? Come on Aussie, come on!

Now, go get amongst them…

Pamplona: The one where the bulls run

La Tomatina: The one where they throw tomatoes

Oktoberfest: The one where everyone is drunk on beer

Las Fallas and Queen’s Day: Plan now for 2012

In sound: Music festivals to travel for

(Image: La Tomatina by flydime via Wikimedia Commons)

Jennifer Perkin

Jennifer Perkin

Travel Editor - Jennifer Perkin | Formerly Deputy Editor on In London Magazine, Jenny has travelled extensively around Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and recently worked as a tour guide in Central and South America. She still calls Australia home, although Wales does have its charms.


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