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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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • 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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