There is a bullring in Malaga, Plaza de Toros, like in most cities and towns in Spain, at least those I have visited. I am against bullfighting, so I never visit the bullrings, but seeing that it is such a big part of Spanish tradition, I add the photos here, as these structures are beautiful.
Bullfighting is popular here in Malaga and there were always some posters up advertising the next bullfights and which Matadors would be coming to town and performing. Matardors are almost like gods here, at least great heroes.
The bullring in Malaga is called La Malagueta and was built in 1874 with the first fight in 1876. On it´s 100th anniversary it was declared a Historic Artistic Monument. 14.000 people can be seated here.
The season for bullfighting is from April-September and it is particularly popular during La Fiesta (see my tip) when the inhabitants go wild for a week - they sure know how to party.
the Malagueta bullring lies at the end of Paseo del Parque, below the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle and not far from the Malagueta beach. The best view was on the walk down from the Gibralfaro. Whatever your opinions on this slice of Spanish culture (doesn't appeal to me personally) its interesting to see the building itself which has been around since 1874
This bull ring no longer has those events, after the criticisms of animal activists forced the tradition to cease. After over 1,000 years, Spain has caved in to the complaints of animal cruelty. This 14,000 seat bull ring was built in 1874, and has seen a lot of blood since. I was here one evening back in 1973 for my first bull ring event. It was a great adventure. There is till a museum that you can go into for 1,80 Euro featuring the history of some of the matadors and bullfighting. It is open 10-1PM and again 5-8Pm Monday-Friday.
The Plaza de Toros has a capacity of 14000 people. It was built in 1874 by Joaqu?n Rucoba. It was officially opened the eleventh of June 1876. Madonna has also been filming here for one of her music videos.
This an amazing spectical to see if you are in Spain. I have been to a few bull fights and I have to admit they are great. I used to think that the bull fights were cruel but my view of them has changed alot, however i can understand why alot of people disagree with them. In the bull fight there is much blood, much bravery and always death. The atmosphere in the bullring is electric with all the people and the music, itll will send goosepimples all over you. If you you do not wish to see a bullfight or are unlucky and miss them you can always go and visit the bullring for a look around.
La Malagueta, this is the name of Málaga most famous bull square. Here celebrate most of bullfight every year in August.
Es el nombre que recibe la plaza de toros de Málaga. Muy conocida sobre todo en el mes de agosto cuando se celebran las corridas de la feria de agosto.
During the 8 centuries of the Reconquest, Spanish Christian warriors competed in hunting wildlife when not hunting Moors. The fierce Iberian bull represented the greatest challenge to these fighters and bullfighting evolved into a spectacle and show which has become a national symbol. Historically, the first organised bullfight was in 1133 in honor of the coronation of King Alfonso VIII. The practice was banned by Pope Pius V, a decree uniformly disregarded in Spain. One writer opined that "bullfights are in the blood of the Spanish people". Gradually bullfighting became less a royal pastime than a path to riches and fame for the common man. Proponents claim that what was once a primitive sport is now an art form with tribute based on form, grace, and manner. A ballet with death in the final scene. Here, images of the Malagueta bullring built between 1874 and 1876, housing a museum detailing the most revered bullfighter to have appeared. Included are images of a practising matador.
The Bullring or PLAZA DE TOROS was built between 1874 - 1876. It is in classic style and houses a museum dedicated to Antonio Ordonez, a legend in the world of bullfighting. It can be found in the Paseo de Reding.
"Museo Taurino" , the Bullfighting Museum is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry is 1,80 Euro
The awesome pictures of the Bullring are taken from the "Parador de Gibralfaro"
I wasn't able to attend a bullfight, though I was able to get a great view of the structure from atop the Castillo de Gibralfaro. To get there, take a 10-15 minute hike up the hill, or hop on the public bus.
The Ronda bullring is the oldest and most monumental in Spain. Ronda is the cradle of modern bullfighting that emerged in the 18th century from a chivalric tradition of equestrian arts. It has spawned a dynasty of famous bull fighters and horsemen.
Conceived as a monument in sandstone, the grandeur of the design with its double gallery of arcades lends the bullring the spirit of cloisters. The arena has a diameter of 66 metres, surrounded by a passage formed by two rings of stone. There are two stories of seating, each with five raised rows, and 136 pillars that form 68 Tuscan arches. The royal box has a sloping roof made from Arabic tiles and a spectacular interior.
Not everyone has to like bullfights or the bull culture, but I ask respect for people that like it.
We are free to decide if we wnat to go and see it or not. I made my choice a long time ago. I do not go. But I do not like seeing people of other ccountries and cultures attaquing it, as all cultures are not perfect, so who are we to critisise?
Ok, you don't like Bullfight??, well no problem, Bullrings are part of Spain cultur. They use to be in a historical part of the city, so it is always interesting to visit it and its environs.
I do love Bullfight ... the colours, the movements, red, sand, blue, gold, art ... horses, black strong bull... its a picture...
You will find many good bars near the Bullring.
If you want to see a nice page of the suits of the Torero http://www.portaltaurino.com/la_corrida/vestido.htm
Next to the Bullring you can have wonderful tapas at Refectorium and at Mensula. Very good places also to eat.
No, bull fighting is not a ´sport´ I enjoy watching, absolutely not. It is however a big chunk of Spanish tradition that I did not want to miss. For this reason I did visit the first fight of the season, purely out of curiosity. Now, afterwards, I can say that I never want to see this again, but I must say that I enjoyed watching the Spanish people in the audience. Everyone dressed up, brought white handkerchiefs and a leather pitcher-like bag with a nozzle that is filled with an alcoholic drink. The latter is passed around to anyone who want to have a taste, mostly family and friends.
The bullring itself is a sight not to be missed. And fortunately it is also used for concerts and classical music performances. It is not one of the most famous bullrings in Spain, but I find it beautifully constructed. You can also see it from the Alcazaba by the way. It is situated in the residential area of La Malagueta. It was built in 1874.
This impressive building is worth seeing, even if you are not happy with its use. It was my only memory from a visit to Malaga in 1970, until I revisited this year. Here it is pictured from the Catillo de Gibralfaro.
The Bullring, built in 1874, is open for visiting between 9.00 and 14.00. Though it was not the bullfighting season when I visited, it was still possible to imagine something of the atmosphere of the bullfight and the crowd while standing in the middle of the empty ring. Whether I would go along to an actual bullfight is another matter.