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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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Ranked #56 of 139 Activities in Seville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Performances, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Sports Complexes, Amusement
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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 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.
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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I'm not keen on gratuitous bloodshed and killing animals. Apparently the Spanish feel differently. If you overlook the atrocities, this is a beautiful arena and well worth seeing. Interesting history of the bloody sport

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This was a good tour, the lady spoke in Spanish and English. It was very informative, especially the museum. The only thing was that I had been to Vera bull ring a few years before and I found that bull ring much more interesting, so a little disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We went on a tour of the bull-ring, not to a bull-fight. The guide was knowledgeable and made it interesting, even for those who might not have been a fan of the bull-fights. She controlled the numbers on the tour (about 35) very well and spoke in 3 languages. The museum was part of the tour which was reasonably paced,... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We took this tour because the building is stunning and we wanted to learn more about bull fighting as it is so much part of Spain's history and culture. Switching effortlessly between Spanish and English the tour guide was excellent TG: 'sometimes a good bull leaves alive' ...Q: 'How often' TG: 'really not very often'. More questions came from the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Having seen a poster showing there was going to be a bullfight -in fact the last of the season. Thought it was an opportunity to good to miss. Bought the cheapest ticket-E15 to sit in the sun; knew I would not be staying the entire time so was fine with my choice. In a word : HORRIBLE I appreciate that... More

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

very nice tour to book when you are in sevilla.check the day when the entrance is free ( it's better!) and book always your visit before you go! anyway the tour is very accurate and you have the chance to see a real corrida's stadium, the tour propose also the visit of few room with all corrida's stories and testimonials... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We're neither for or against bullfighting. We were interested in seeing more of Spanish culture and were slightly disappointed. The ring itself is very impressive, but the museum, which you had to go through in a group, told us little more than we already knew. It was the end of the day and the guide seemed a little bored, but... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The visit to the arena provides insight into Spanish culture. While my wife and son enjoyed the visit, I thought it was overpriced and too brief (about 45 minutes). The admission includes a tour (visits the stands, a painting gallery, small museum, chapel, and horse stables), but I found the entire venture rather dry. The tour guide could have said... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Love this guided tour of the bull ring and museum. Even if you are morally against bullfighting, this tour is essential to understanding the tradition and cultural significance bullfighting has had in Spain and in Seville specifically. The ring and building is beautiful architecturally and there are differences in the way bullfighting is done here versus other areas of Spain.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The decoration of the bars shows how ingrained bullfighting is within the Andalucian culture; but is this fantasy or hero worship- I don't feel comfortable about going into a pub in the UK decorated in home town football scarves, so why does it feel less laddish? Full of testosterone but does not exclude the women. The tour gives a better... More

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