Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
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Spain's largest bullfighting ring.
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1-2 hours
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from $21.66
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Address
Neighborhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Ventas • 2 min walk
  • El Carmen • 6 min walk
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1,175
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980
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Ngan H
Issaquah, WA94 contributions
We booked a Private Guided Tour in English and had Raoul as our guide. Raoul is very knowledgeable, funny, and informative. We were very impressed that he is fluent in English and French (which he speaks with a perfect French accent) besides his native Spanish.

We got to know all aspects of bullfighting, how a bull is considered dangerous based on the position of his horns, how the 2 different capes are used, the behind the scene preparations and support, the chapel, the infirmary, the slaughter house… We visited the museum and got to see profiles of the famous bullfighters, the lavishly resplendent suits of lights, the detailed motifs on the ceremonial swords, the beautifully embroidered capes.

The tour was very comprehensive and entertaining. We highly recommend it for you to understand the culture and tradition of Spain on bullfighting.

When we asked about the seats for the bullfight, Raoul recommended us the Sol/Sombrera Tendido 8 Bajo area 8, which is the best bang for the buck. We bought our tickets based on his advice and it was wonderful: we had a good view, we had shade and did not go bankrupt! We stayed for the whole time and got to appreciate the moves of the toreros thanks to this tour.
Written April 27, 2022
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MSV
17 contributions
This interactive audio tour of Las Ventas Bullring was fantastic. We went early in the day, when the place was less crowded, allowing us to fully explore the place. In particular, we took the opportunity to do a VR bullfight, take photos in the ring and visit the bullfighting museum. A great experience full of information, and very easy to reach by Metro.
Written June 11, 2022
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania384 contributions
Solo
I know it's not en vogue to say this, but go to a bullfight if at all possible. Yes, they kill bulls, probably 6 of them. If you've never seen a large animal die, it may impact you, but it's a Spanish tradition which I am glad I partook of and will recommend.

According to the flier I got, i was there on a festival week, hence why I had Monday tickets to a novillada (newbie) bullfight. It was interesting, artistic, and educational. There weren't a ton of tourists in the seats either, which was nice... Being a tourist.

After 4 bulls I got up to pee, but they lock the doors while bulls are in the ring so you got to be quick. I didn't know so I roamed the corridors. Even cooler, I got to see the horses go in and out and some showpieces.
Written May 27, 2022
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland635 contributions
Arranged for a bullfight through efficient and effective online service. Arrived half an hour before the event to pick up the tickets nearby, headed to the event, which was jammed with well heeled patrons and others. Paid E1.5 for a soft seat. You really cannot believe the seating arrangement, few aisles, rows of concrete, rows so tight that your knees dam into the person in front of you unless you more or less straddle the back of the person in front of you. Attendance was high. I found the bullfight shocking; a bull is literally repeated worn down with thrusts of different traditional lances and spiked banderillas until the final thrust after a lot of toreador machismo and posturing. Given the highly enthusiastic crowd and the Spanish culture and history of the tradition which seems capable of sustaining this, I believe this practice will be around for some time. I would advised against patronizing and personally regret attending.
Written June 17, 2022
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CamilleG1733
Sorry you did not like the bullfight show, but this is the page for bullring tours, not shows. :(
Written September 6, 2022
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nat p
1 contribution
I participated in the tour of Plaza te toros and it was very good. The tour guide explained the building and bull fights in a very interesting way, the building itself is worth seeing, just like the museum which is right next to the arena. The visit is definitely recommended!
Written November 2, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,263 contributions
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is a place where, in addition to bullfights, various events take place. The arena was built in the Neomudejar style, influenced by Arab and Christian culture. It is an artistic and architectural style that developed mainly in the Iberian Peninsula in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The outer walls have a Moorish style. The construction of the arena was completed in 1929. The first, inaugural bullfight took place on June 17, 1931. I am not a supporter of this type of entertainment , but externally the arena looks great with its Moorish style. If you come to Madrid, you should come to see it, even if you don't like bullfighting.
Written May 5, 2021
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Mikko
Tampere, Finland47 contributions
Couples
Although I didn’t see the actual bill fighting, I found visiting this place very informative and interesting. The arena is beautiful and the audio tour explains the history and traditions very well.

I recommend visiting this place to everyone who is interested in Spanish history and beautiful architecture.
Written July 30, 2022
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John W
1 contribution
Guillermo was a fantastic tour guide: knowledgeable, passionate, eloquent, humorous, and engaging. He understood the mindset that our group brought with us from the United States and respectfully helped us to comprehend this ancient, exotic, and surprisingly fascinating cultural tradition. He was particularly good at answering our questions.
Written May 2, 2022
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
Even if I was appaled to find out that corridas are still attended to and very much admired in Spain, in my opinion, while in Madrid, the Museo Taurino is something that must be seen.
We chose to arrive by subway as the system is very good in this city and inexpensiv. It is also an experience in itself, adding to the local urban flavour. The hard part is to figure how to buy the tickets and use them. Just ask one of the attendants for help. Most Spanish people do not speak English but they are very nice and freindly and try to do their best to assist you.
So, coming up from the subway at the Las Ventas station, you see a huge square, beaten by the hot Spanish sun, and to your left, the imposing red brick building of Museo Taurino.
Written January 20, 2020
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Douglas H
Arlington, VA3 contributions
This was a spectacular visit to Las Ventas for the tour and demonstration. A special thanks to Guillermo and the two novillads. Guillermo was very informative and interesting in discussing the history of Las Ventas and the various matador passes. Gracias, Guillermo!
Written September 15, 2021
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