Madrid isn't the most famous place to see a bullfight in Spain. I'd put them at 2nd or 3rd on the list, behind Seville for sure. I personally like the Madrid ring better than Seville's, but that was just personal preference I think.
Plaza de Toros. Even though this is a controversial activity in some circles, it doesn't seem right to go to Madirid without taking in a bullfight. We bought the tickets from people on the street, and probably paid too much. Still, it was cheaper than a hockey or football game at home. We got "nosebleed" seats, and were amazed at how good a view we got. There's not a bad seat in the house.
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..
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.