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Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza | Paseo de Colón, 2, 41001 Seville, Spain
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As featured in 3 days in Seville
Ranked #35 of 132 Attractions in Seville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Performances, Historic Sites, Sports Complexes
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Beyond the Iberian peninsula most people are rather uncomfortable about bullfighting, which makes a visit to this venerable bullring with attached... more » Owner description: Beyond the Iberian peninsula most people are rather uncomfortable about bullfighting, which makes a visit to this venerable bullring with attached museums all the more fascinating – not least for those who would never consider attending a bullfight. An inspection of the ring, and the backstage facilities that sustain it (the Plaza, of necessity, has its own ER) is a good counterpoint to a browse around a museum which is full of artwork and costumes celebrating the skill of the matador together with the mounted heads of their animal nemeses. Go with an open mind and you’ll leave with a much better understanding of bullfighting’s place in the life and culture of Andalucía. « less
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was in seville last week and my partner and myself went to the bull ring in the day then returned to watch a bull fight some evenings later. It is a really great place to visit even if you don't want to watch a bull fight. You can pay to have a tour showing the whole of the bull... More

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Munich, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

As the bullfighting is something that strongly represents the whole Andalusia, I was tempted to visit it during my vacation there. There were poster all around Seville about 2 young matadors that should perform on Friday evening, and since it was possible to get very cheap tickets, we decided to take a look. Although I prepared myself by watching novices... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We took our two kids (ages 3 and 6) here as they had been reading Ferdinand the Bull and this would provide them sone context for the story. We did not want to see an actual bullfight but thought it would be interesting to see the history behind it. The tour was very informative and the museum itself had some... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Before entering into the whitewashed cathedral of pomp and death,the spectators at nearby bars buzz in anticipation. A working class crowd spills out onto Calle Adriano from cafe-bar Taquilla. Beer and excited chatter flow freely beneath framed black and white photos of legendary bulls and famous toreros. Once the 14,000 are packed inside,three toreros will each fight a pair of... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did the 35 min tour of the bullring in Seville and it was a very interesting but also thought provoking tour. Although there was nothing to see apart from the excellent architecture and a very thorough guide in English and Spanish some of the descriptions of the events staged there were not easy to hear. The museum had some... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited Seville during the Novillos festival (young bull festival). We saw young matadors with young bulls. Another review clearly lays out many of the key points on visiting a bullfight; I'll add some additional thoughts. The ring is beautiful and filled mostly with Spanish people. It was incredible how the audience interacts with the folks in the ring. Being... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Treating tourists like pawns, they shuffle you into each room of this dull museum without pausing for pictures/questions or any interactions. Our tour guide contributed to the lack of amusement by constantly checking her watch and sounded like a recording. A total rip off. 30 mins tour (half in English, half Spanish) 7€ for adults

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was a bit disappointed with the visit but it's my objective opinion. We didn't go to see the bull fight, just the museum. The visit was short (if I remember well- 30mins) and left the feeling of: "That's it?". Don't expect to see bulls. The visit is possible only with the guide, so you buy tickets for a specific... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I cannot support bullfighting, but then I am not a Spaniard. Having read a lot about bullfighting many, many years ago, inspired by the writings of Hemingway and the celebrity images of El Cordobes in the sixties - the "Georgie Best" of the bullring - I took the tour of the bullring in the early evening. The cost - 4... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The bullring in Seville is one of the oldest in the country and reflects it with a very business-like air. It has a museum attached to it which i didnt visit since I was more interested in the actual bullfight. The ring was raked sand with 2 thick wooden gates and shoulder-high wooden barriers all around. Very festive but dignified... More

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