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.
'LAS CORRIDAS DE TOROS' (LAS VENTAS)
Bullfighting is not for me. I didn't manage to see all of it.I think it is horrible.
However,I'll try to describe the bullfighting.
It becomes with a parade and ceremonies and a trumpet that blares.
At first there is an introduction to the bull.After this, the Matador is trying to understand the attaching tendencies of the bull because it is important to save his life.
The matador makes some big and quick passes to be more certain about his first impressions.
He must choose where to fight the bull. If it does it in the center of the ring, he is very brave.
The trumpets announce the Picadores.
The Matador must lead the bull away from the doo in order to let the Picadores enter the ring.
The Picador impales the bull's eck muscles with a long spear.However, the bull can lift the Picador and the horse off the ground.
Next, the Banderilleros place three sets of colorful spears (banderilleras).
Finally, the Matador with his small red cape under his arm, removes his black hat returns his attention to the spectators.Everything is ready for the fight. The Matador makes a series of passes, first from side to side brong the bull close to him, then passind his cape over the bulls horns.Now he bull has reduced his own are of protection and the Matador is ready to fight the bull.
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.