Welcome back to Tami’s adventures in Spain!
Regardless of what some people think about the sport of bullfighting; for Spain, this is a form of art. You can see their love of the sport in the immaculate upkeep of their many bullfighting rings and the museums dedicated to their athletes, both human and animal.
While I was in Spain, seeing a bullfight was at the top of my to-do list. Unfortunately, the bullfighting season is from the Spanish Easter holiday (Semana Santa) through October. My trip was during the month of November.
That didn’t stop me from making it a point to tour three different bullfighting rings while I was there.
1. Hacienda El Vizir - https://haciendaelvizir.com/
The first place I toured was the smaller of the three bullrings, located at the Hacienda El Vizir. This was located at a venue that is known for hosting events and shows in the small Seville town of Espartinas.
I traveled to this location with my work team and we were treated to an incredible show performed by several talented Spanish Equestrians. This really was amazing.
2. Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla - https://www.travelsignposts.com/Spain/sightseeing/plaza-de-toros-seville Our last day in Seville, I was able to stop by the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla. Whew… That was a mouthful. Through my research, I discovered this bullfighting ring is the oldest in Spain and is also considered one of the most beautiful bullring in the country.
This was the medium sized bullring I toured, along with their museum. It was here I began to realize how incredible these athletes really are. Better known as matador, torero or toreador. Or, if you are interested, there is a whole list of names depending upon their professional status or even the specific type of bullfighting they practice. See the following link for more details on this:
3. Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas Madrid - https://lasventastour.com/en/
My last day in Spain was spent in Madrid. I was able to tour one final bullring. I know I keep saying this, but I have to reiterate that this was truly spectacular. They were in the midst of setting up some kind of show in the middle of the ring. So it was filled with multiple huge tents. Because some of these tents were two stories tall, I was unable to get a really great photo of the whole area.
We arrived later in the day, so only had less than an hour to tour. They had an audible guided tour. Because we really wanted to see everything we could, we ended up rushing through stopping at things we thought were the most interesting. We would have loved to stay much longer.
Although I didn’t get to see an actual bullfight, I am thrilled to have been able to experience three bullfighting rings that were completely different from each other. All were truly amazing and beautiful. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Cheers! Tami