Bullfighting, yes it's a bit gruesome but you cannot beat the pagentry and history behind this sport. I'd only go once, that's enough for me. But if you haven't gone, go and witness this contest between man and beast.
Helpers of the Picador are preparing the 2.60 m long lances called "puya" as you can see from my photo.
if you don't like bullfighting, just still don't want to miss to see this enormous building, which i personnaly find very beautifull..
Please don't judge. You could love it like so many of the die-hard bullfighting aficionados here in Madrid.
Much can be said to the traditional bullfighting which takes place all over Spain and some can agree or disagree in this blood sport!
You have to experience bullfighting in Las Ventas.
Prices range from 5 Euros up to 100 Euros (you'll be so close you can smell the bull).
I only stayed for the first 3 matches. After a while I got a taste for what was going to happen. The bull dies every time, it's quite sad. So just go to see it for a while and then you can leave.
Here is the last of my good shots of Madrid bullfighting, I hope you can watch a match yourself, be warned, they take down 6 bulls a match.
There is a lot of showmanship involved in bullfighting. Among dodging the bull and killing it, the matador does a heck of a lot of parading, waving, and shaking on his hat.
The removal of the deceased bull. After the match is over, the dead bull is tied to a set of horses and then dragged around the ring as the crowd cheers loudly. This can be disturbing to some.