Las Ventas Tour
Las Ventas Tour
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With Las Ventas Tour, the official tour of the most important bullring in the world, the Monumental of Las Ventas in Madrid, you will be able to take a unique tour of the arena and its bullfighting museum, with one of our official guide , in a super special visit with a maximum of 9 persons per session. You will be able to stroll along the alleys, the stands, the main doors as well as discover the beautiful bullfighting Museum with costumes of Manolete, paintings and sculptures of great artists, or the most unknown spots such as the chapel or the ring itself. The visits are guided in english & spanish. Online booking is requested previous to the visit and the entrance is at the Bullfighting Museum, located next to the Patio de Cuadrillas.
Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

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2023

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Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai, India198 contributions
Dec 2021
Madrid's uniquely situated, Colosseum like Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas has always fascinated tourists, but very few are aware of the world's deadliest bulls, about the years of training a matador receives before he faces live bulls for the first time in the arena, few have visited the Las Ventas museum to learn of the history of corridas, few have seen young matador hopefuls train live at the school on its premises, few have accessed Las Ventas' lesser known areas (e.g. the mini hospital, the butchery, the lineup of stuffed champion bulls, etc.) or have watched never before seen videos of the corridas captured at close range and have had the various formalities and the entire experience of a corrida explained in such detail that it plays out before one's eyes.
My daughter and I were very fortunate to have the extremely passionate, knowledgeable (and once a matador hopeful!) Guillermo as our guide on the incredible Las Ventas tour which busts every myth that people harbor about corridas and lets you into the fascinating world of what those in the know see as sacred rituals between men and bulls.
If there's one "off the beaten path" tour you do in Madrid, let this be the one and remember to request for Guillermo, who will make your experience truly unforgettable.
-Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
Written February 9, 2022
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Chris B
Oakland, CA3 contributions
Jan 2022
Our personal tour was given by Carlos and it was a great history lesson about bullfighting and culture of the fights and the ring in Spain. Whether you agree with the practice or not (most don't) the passion, art and danger associated with the fights (for the fighters and the bull) left me with a feeling of great respect for all involved.

The museum is a bigger part of the tour than I was anticipating and is key in understanding the context of the bullfights. Carlos was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, including recommending an excellent post-tour restaurant. We even corresponded via WhatsApp after our trip. Overall, it was a great learning experience for us.
Written November 21, 2022
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Christine L
2 contributions
Apr 2022
I took a group of teenagers (39 students) to Las Ventas and we were given a tour by an excellent guide. It was the highlight of our trip! The guide gave such a passionate and informed insight into the Spanish tradition. He pitched the level exactly right and the students were enthralled. Thank you so much.
Written April 8, 2022
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Lotta
The Hague, The Netherlands2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
It was a pleasant experience with guide Raul. I would recommend his service to everybody that wants to learn fascinating information and the historical aspect of the bullfighting culture in Spain. The arena is an extraordinary building. Impressive to see the architectural construction from the inside and the outside. Raul is a charming and well-educational guide, truly recommended it!!
Written March 28, 2023
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Thank you so much for your nice comments, we will share them with Raul of course. Have a nice day!
Written April 18, 2023
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Phyllis E
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Leavenworth, Washington is a people friendly town. The town added a Alpine roller coaster as an amusement ride. It was so much fun. Even our tour guide went on the ride to accompany us.

It was a long cold ride to get there and back. Our bus driver drove at the appropriate speed to get us there and back. We slept on the way back because we were so exhausted from shopping in Leavenworth.

My main reason for leaving this review is to thank our tour guide, Marty. Marty works for EVERGREEN ESCAPES. He made sure we had time to eat and shop and try out our first Oktoberfest beer imported from Germany.
Written November 28, 2023
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BOSHRA76
Cairo, Egypt45 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
Despite the understandable controversion regarding the ethical basis of bullfight,it still one of the strongest and most famous spanish tradition till now.I was there myself and saw how much spanish people are fond of this art ,if not more,yet at least as football.Let me say that watching the show is one face of the coin while watching the spectators enjoying and reacting with it is the other side of the coin.Both of them definitely deserve full attention.Whatever the place you sit in,you will have a good view . I strongly advice to book your ticket in advance online through the link present in the website(GOMADRID) and choose the bullfight show from the horse back, because it is extremely artistic.
Written July 29, 2013
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shilllashillla
Singapore, Singapore286 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
This was my first time visiting an actual bullring. Its big and beautiful! Its a self guided tour whereby you can take your time touring and taking pictures at your own pace. Overall, the staffs at the entrance are very friendly and helpful. Especially the friendly male staff who helped me to take pictures and guide me for awhile.

However, my bad experience was inside the gift shop. The 2 female staffs were busy talking to each other that they ignored me at the cashier. That was until the same male staff informed them that there's a customer waiting to make her payment!

For those first time visitors, its worth visiting and learning more about what bullfighting is all about. BUT, I strongly discourage you guys from watching the bullfight. At the end of the day, the bull got killed! I understand that its their culture in Madrid and Seville.. But Its a cruelty to those innocent animals! :(
Written July 27, 2014
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fivemile
Narooma, Australia235 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
Yes well. 40 years ago I got it into my head that I wanted to see a bull fight. My wife is an animal rights activist and declined the invitation. In season on late Sunday afternoons. I booked ticket months out and collected day of bullfight. They let you know what time the event starts and recommended you get there about half an hour before. Mix was about 60% tourists and 40% locals.
I paid for good seats up front and in the shade but didn't matter so much as a cloudy day.
The pageant side of things impresses. The squeamish tourists, a lot of young girls squealed and walked out in protest. Some quite early. Seriously what did they expect?
There was serious blood and gore and the bull is not going to win. The pageantry includes a team of costumed work horses dragging the hot carcass still dropping blood across the sand of arena and out gate. I sat behind a local who was with a group of American tourists and I was fortunate as he gave a commentary on what was happening.
There were 5 fights scheduled over two and a bit hours and I left after seeing three bulls dispatched. Crowd was small arena between 20 % and 30% of capacity. My own feeling was that only a small older part of local population maintains the interest and that it needs the tourists.
I gave it 5 stars as it was everything I expected and more with the costumes ceremony and pageantry. The movement of matadors is exaggerated theatre. Dare I say almost gay. But I am surprised there is still support for something so one sided and brutal. But that is what I expected and so should you. If you believe that it should be stopped then try not attending. Dropping crowds and economic struggles will likely end it sooner than do good travellers seeking to impose their moral and cultural views on others. I reckon it is on the way out. Glad I've seen one and I won't be going to another. If you want to see it then great. If you don't then don't go. Olay.
Written July 1, 2014
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EmOnTheGo
Maryland211 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
No matter what your opinion may be regarding the ethics and cruelty of the bullfight, it was a thrill to experience the Spanish culture in all of its bullfight glory. Las Ventas is very easy to get to via metro, or we actually walked about 25 minutes from the Recoletos area. The bullfight is an important tradition in Spain and the atmosphere was festive and mostly true Spaniard, male dominated . We were lucky to be in town during the San Isidro Festival which runs late May through most of June, when there are bullfights each evening consisting of 6 bullfights per event, each lasting around 20-25 minutes.

Research / tickets –Las Ventas’ website http://www.bullfightticketsmadrid.com/en/home is really easy to use (available in multiple languages) for ticket purchase as well as a very good ‘Guide to Understanding Bullfighting’ so take time to educate yourself before you go. You can order the tickets in advance and either have them delivered to your hotel or pick them up at their teeny tiny office, an easy 15 minute walk from the Recoletos area.

Seating - the price of your seat is based on whether you sit in the shade, sun or partial sun/partial shade. You will appreciate the shade as the sun does not set until around 22:00 this time of year. We purposefully purchased tickets in the partial sun/partial shade up near the top (to avoid being too close to the gore) and had sunshine at our side for about an hour, then shade the rest of the time. The 'sun' seats directly face the sun the entire time so there is no relief from the heat and blinding views. Spend a few euros more for some shade.

During our visit several ‘big’ things occurred including 3 matadors who were either gored or knocked down and trampled a bit by the bull. While relieved that the human wasn’t killed, I was sort of glad that the bull got in a few ‘punches’. One matador showed so much courage during the fight that at the end, everyone started waving their white hankerchiefs and awarded the ear of the bull to the matador. Interesting to see as this does not happen too often (thankfully the ear is not removed in the arena, so you are spared that sight).

I did not enjoy watching the bull face his demise and stumble to his death. However I appreciate the event for the Spanish culture that it is and really enjoyed the pagentry and etiquette of the bullfight, watching the matadors in their beautifully tailored costumes strut around showing their courage.

Only you can know your opinion about this controversial sport and determine if you wish to partake or not, as it is not for everyone.
Written June 20, 2014
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Dylann G
Seattle, WA191 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
*Review of actual bullfight.*

Definitely wanted to see a bullfight. A must in Spain. No idea what to expect, really.

If first time as well, random thoughts:
Less blood than expected.
Far more pageantry than expected.
Definitely is a performance.
Crowd is huge part of performance.
There are six actual bullfights.

Also:
There were all types present. Male; female; old; young. Not many children though. Felt like kids present were more tourist than local.
There is smoking. And they smoke. Including cigars. All around you. We are fairly sensitive to smoke. Yet it is an open-air arena so really wasn't an issue, especially once your mind is captivated by the bullfight.
People brought food. Performance starts at 1900. Between bulls, people ate their sandwiches.

We sat beside a gentleman who has had season tickets for 27 years. He took great pleasure in explaining to us the details of the fight. There are many you might miss. He was wonderful explaining it all.

In the end, we were glad we went. It was fascinating to a degree. For us, it was cultural, a tradition. Left a little sad though. That part is hard to explain. It was an experience.
Note: Personally would not recommend for anyone under ~ 16 years old.
If you want to go, go.
If against such events, don't go.

Time needed: ~ 2 hours.
Cost: Our tickets were 20,00 euros each. Bought at Ventas ticket window, 20 minutes before start (not at small ticket booths positioned around venue, only few feet in front, which have a mark-up). This is full sun price yet only 10 rows up. Price is dramatically different in the shade. However performance starts at 1900. Mid-May even during a warm spell, full sun a non-issue. Sunglasses and you are good.
Note: It is very much about pageantry. Matadors used sunlight on arena floor as a spotlight, if you will. More dramatic. So until sunlight gone, all fights were on the full sun side, which was the majority of them.
Also note: Seats are concrete steps essentially. Rent a pad there. Cheap. Or at least bring something to sit on just to keep dirt off clothes.
Food/drink: Small bars inside entrances. They sell drinks (water, soda, beer) at your seat. Or can bring your own in.
Directions: Metro Line 5 (light green) or Line 2 (red). Stop: Ventas. Metro exit literally on Ventas grounds. Note: Buy return metro ticket when you arrive. Or expect long lines to buy afterwards.

Written May 29, 2014
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