Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid

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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. Plan trip to Madrid with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • I watched the bullfight, and yes I know what will happen but it was still stressful to watch. There is much debate on bullfights and I wanted to experience one for myself. I will not say my personal o...  more »
  • We first went to a bull ring 50 years ago in Tarragona and then Ronda. In both cases we did not see a bull fight. This visit was on a Sunday morning following a fight the day before, this visit reinfo...  more »
  • Once you arrive in Madrid, you can't not visit this Memorial tells the Spanish tradition. The facility is beautiful from the front to the stands. The cost is not excessive, includes visit of the arena, museum visit and audioguide in Italian. The latter explains in detail the conduct of bullfighting and this can make you nervous if you think of those poor animals and how they are treated. However it is a must to know their traditions so as to draw then their conclusions on bullfighting.
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  • We took the tour (self tour with audio guide) around the arena. Can't say I'm a fan of the sport, but interesting history and experience. The tour takes you around the stadium, onto the seats and actually onto the sand area. Not that busy on a Monday midday, we were the only ones there for a bit exploring the intricacies of the stadium. With in reason you could pretty much wander around the arena. A tip if you do the tour, the ask for ID as deposit on the audio equipment. We didn't have any, so they took our apartment keys as a deposit.
  • Amazing. More informative than other Bullring tours. See Museum. Odd to see a doll and a fighter's portrait painting in which he appears to hold a cigarette.
  • If you want a good place to sit, not very expensive and in the shade!!! pick zones (clockwise) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3. higher sitting. we were there in September 2017 and there were a lot of people but still not so crowded. Recommend taking the metro there the stop there is VENTAS (line 10) it's a very quick way to move in the city. Also, if you are staying not so far away from the city, dont recommed renting a vehicle, again USE THE METRO! like other european countries/cities, (PARIS, France at least) there are bicycles available for rent all over the city so you can move around!
  • 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.
  • It is a beautiful building, regardless you enjoy or not bull fights. I went there for an event during the evening and it was totally worth it

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