Bullfighting is one of the oldest and most important traditions in Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in Las Ventas in Madrid, for the season of these events. Las Ventas is the largest bullfighting arena in the world, with a capacity of 25,000 seats was inaugurated in 1931, organized by a charity bullfight. It also considered the hardest arena for bullfighters. To reach this place, you can take the metro to Las Ventas station or bus from Calle Alcala.
Bullfights take place every weekend from March to October, but the best time to appreciate their true art, is during the months of May and June, when San Isidro festival takes place in the city. The fights are held every day for three weeks, the best bullfighters in Spain attracting fans from all over the country. Tickets at this time are usually exhausted long before, and their prices vary depending on location; sunny areas are cheaper than the shadows.
For the rest of the season, the ticket can be purchased on the same day that occurs fight. A bullfight brings together three matadors, each of them with two other people to help him, all fighting against six bulls ( two for each matador). A fight usually lasts about two hours.
The fight is divided into three rounds called “tercios”. Matador meets bull wearing a small red cape and a sword on him. He must kill the animal, thrusting his sword between the shoulders, all the action taking place in an artistic and graceful manner. If the public likes the fight, will reward the matador with one or both ears of bull, being the second prize bull ears and tail. If the matador gets the big trophy, he will leave the place through “the Puerta Grande” (big gate) and is considered the winner.
Sure, bullfights are not seen by everyone as a spectacle worthy of the 21st century, many blaming the fact that in the end, those who fall victim are usually bulls. On the other side, the show – grotesque or not – is assured. And the best place where you can assist a bullfight is certainly Madrid.