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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid

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Architectural Building Arena / Stadium
Witness the traditional sport of bullfighting at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. This architecturally stunning 25,000-capacity arena is considered the home of bullfighting in Spain. Fights can be very gory and are not for the faint-hearted. If you would like to see the building, but want to skip the bullfight, take a guided tour or audio tour. Tours visit the key parts of the stadium, including the bullring, the stands, and the bull gates. You’ll learn the history and rules of Spanish bullfighting. Spend some time on the terrace to appreciate the arena’s neo-Mudéjar architecture. With our world travel planner, Madrid attractions like Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • when in spain must go and see a bull fight at least once just the history of this event, sure its cruel.  more »
  • We are not for or against this, if you want to have the experience, this is the must do in Spain. Our first bullfighting ring, we can reach to get the ticket for shade sections, so we have to endure t...  more »
  • Probably my fault for not researching in advance. I thought bull fighting was between a man and bull......not a man on a horse to wear down a bull then kill it. We watched the first "show" trying to k...  more »
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  • An interesting cross-cultural experience. It's not really gory, if you consider that the bull is going to end up as burgers and belts in the end. (The bull proves itself in the event to be an animal that relates to humans about the same as an alligator.) My impression was of throngs of people, sitting on concrete blocks, mostly jeering the Matadors, with a fanfare from a small brass ensemble to mark the passing from one phase of the fight to the next.
  • Very unique experience, but if you want to learn about local traditional activities this is the place. Impressive building, colorful parade, live music, but they are killing animals...in public. If you have a ticket, make sure to rent a pillow for sitting.
  • The best show of bullfighting is here. You cannot visit Spain and skip it. Some viewers may find the bullfighting disturbing. I am not a big fan but i quite like it, take into account that these bulls are raised for the show..
  • I enjoyed the Bull Fight a lot. It was fantastic! You better select the seat around 1,9 or 10 because it's close to see the fight.
  • It was terrible, 6 strong, beatiful bulls were killed for fun. People were shouting and enjoyed it, except us. Killing was unnecessary and for fun??? Building is fantastic but it should be used for something else, theatre or dance show or sport events. I would never go again for this event! Éva

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