Bullfighting in Spain is more than just the act of the inevitable. It is pure Spanish tradition with ceremony, pomp and circumstance, and even the romanticism related to this cultural event. Even if you don't agree with bullfighting, a visit to Sevilla's bullring, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, is worth it for the architecture and to get a perspective about what entails a bullfight and to get some history. The tours (5 euros) are offered every 30 minutes and are in English and Spanish. The tour includes a walk through the more interesting portions of the facility (including the infirmary and the chapel) plus a nicely done museum.
The famous arena of Sevilla. You can follow a guided tour, but I only visited the outside.
White, yellow and red are the main colours of the building.
You can assist more or less 40 corridas a year in Sevilla, mainly between Easter and October, on Sunday.
La Real Maestranza of Seville is the oldest in the history of bullfighting. It took more that a century to build. Construction began in 1761, on the remains of a former bullring (a square plaza made of wood). It was finished in 1881, by Juan Talavera de la Vega, but before that many architects had put their work in it. Aníbal González completed the annexe house to the bullring, which is now the central office of the society of the Maestranza in 1928.
The bullring is oval, which is not normal, most bullrings are round. If you want to know more about the bullring you can visit on a tour. A guide will tell you about the bullring, the 4 gates, and then take you to the hospitalroom and the museum. The museum has 4 rooms each representing another time. It is a short visit (around 20 minutes in total) and you should not expect very much.
Open: 9:30-14:00 and 15:00 - 19:00
This bullring and the one in Madrid (Las Ventas) are the most important ones in Spain (well Ronda one is the oldest if I am not wrong)
Is close to Torre del Oro at the promenade of the river Guadalquivir
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza. AKA the bullring.
I, seeking travel 'bargains,' went to Sevilla in the off-season. Sure, the weather was great and the prices low, low, low, but I missed the bullfights. I've heard they're splendid in a 'Someone's gonna die' kind of way.
If you are not able to get tickets into a bullfight, there are other scenes to see outside the immediate area of the stadium - for FREE.
Before a bullfight, Picadors are warming up with their horses before going into the ring. The picador comes into the second act of a bullfight and pierces the bull's neck with several lances to weaken the bull. In the final act, the matador performs one on one to kill the bull.
This is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. The largest one may be in Madrid but it is here where the great matadors are trained.
If you do not get to see a bullfight, there is a museum in the complex which captures the history of bullfighting and lives of the matadors.
It was built in the XVIII century and is one of the oldest in the country. Its audience has room for 12,500 people.
It’s open from Monday to Saturday 10-13.30. Well, of course I was late and didn’t have a chance to go inside... sigh.
Seville's bullring, on Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, is one of the oldest and most famous in Spain, dating from 1758. Lively bilingual tours are offered daily, and the toros bravos (fighting bulls) flirt with the peones (junior bullfighters), toreros (bullfighters) and matadors (killers) here daily during the spring festival season. ¡Olé!
This is the arena. A cab driver told me that back in the good ol' days, the bull fights were a form of entertainment, but at the end of the match, they would eat the bull. He said nowadays, they just kill the bull and then cremate it. I don't know if this is true or if he was just making up stories, but I thought it would be interesting to post it here..
Visit the Plaza de Toros Spain's most important bullring.
Bullfighting season is from April - October and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you feel about this sport) we were here in November and were unable to see the spectacle. However, we were able to tour the bullring. Bullfighting has been around since the mid-18th Century. The guide gave the tour in both Espanol and English - it was incredibly interesting and informative. After standing in the ring, I really wish I could see & hear the cheering crowd.
You must visit the bull ring in Sevilla. The bull fights were not on when we visited, and I don't think I could sit through a fight but seeing the bull ring was an experience in itself.
The almost yellow soil of the ring, the bare bones seating and the lack of shelter it is certainly not what we would expect in a stadium in Australia. A guided tour takes you to the hospital, chapel and museum all contained under the stands.
Inside the bullring is as ornamental as outside. Sitting here you can almost get a feel for the excitement of fight day.
Seville has a large and very ornamental bullring. Inside is a museum. For 4 euros you get a guided tour of the museum and the bullring.