Bullfighting

Madrid Top Ten
The most Spanish of sports, watching a bullfight is a once in a lifetime experience. Or at least tour the bullring and museum to soak in the ambience.

Know Before You Go

At the end of the audio tour, do not forget to take a selfie as a matador
In season, fights are in the evening between 6 - 8 PM
There are 6 fights daily, with each lasting for around 20 minutes.
At best, first timers can watch one fight.

Bullfighting Season In Madrid

The bullfighting season in Madrid begins in late March and ends in late October. The best time to see a bullfight is during the San Isidro bullfight festival (May). The San Isidro festival brings together the best fighters, bulls and aficionados. Fights are every day for 20 days.

Visit the stadium museum

Even if you do not want to watch a live bullfight, a trip to Las Ventas is warranted just to soak in the ambience. The stadium organizes a tour which is highly recommended.

The tour of the bullring starts with the history of famous fighters, a trip around the ring includes the seating area and the Royal box, areas where bulls enter and where they are "dragged out".

There is a lot of memorabilia donated by legendary matadors including their 'traje de luces' or suits of light. Also impressive are Goya's works depicting the sport.

Some Bullfighting basics

- The "Philosophy" : Bullfighting has been portrayed as an art form and a chance for man and animal to face off in a fair contest. The truth though is that the sport is designed for man to prevail.
- Madrid's Bullring : The main bullring of Madrid is officially called La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas del EspĂ­ritu Santo. Simply, Las Ventas.
- Duration : A bullfight normally lasts 2 hours.
- Corridas and Novilladas : Simply put this means professionals and amateur bullfighters. They also fight different grades of bulls.
- Sol y Sombra : This is the seating choice you will need to make - sun or shade? Shade is more expensive.

Key Highlights

Bullfighting is easily the most Spanish of sports. Madrid and Andalusia are the dual epicentres of bullfighting in Spain.

The bullfighting season in Madrid begins in late March and ends in late October. During the season, Bullfights are held every Sunday at 7pm.

Where can I watch a bullfight in Madrid? Is it worth going even when there is no fight? Read more in the details section.

Map : Bullfighting

Other Madrid Top 10 Attractions Near Bullfighting are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Bullfighting
AttractionDistance
Retiro Park2.6 Km
Prado Museum3.2 Km
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium3.2 Km
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza3.2 Km
Museo Nacional Reina Sofia3.8 Km
Plaza Mayor4.2 Km
Mercado de San Miguel4.3 Km
Madrid Royal Palace4.6 Km
Templo de Debod4.7 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Bullfighting:

Madrid experts have nominated Bullfighting as one of the absolutely unforgettable things to do in Madrid. Bullfighting should be on your "bucket list" when you plan the trip to Madrid. Given the vibrancy of Madrid, it is hard to restrict this selection of travel bucket list ideas to just top ten. The review of Bullfighting as well as the insightful tips and Faqs have been authored by Madrid expert.


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