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 ring, the chapel the bull fighters visit before the fight and other areas. We decided to experience some bull fighting and see what this important cultural event was all about.
In the foyer of the tour museum we spoke to a member if staff who was very helpful and told us exactly where and when we needed to go to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased between 10:00 and 14:00 then from 19:00 onwards on the day of the fight. Prices vary depending whether you sit in sun or shade, which ring of seats and how close to the VIP seats. When we visited, there ewe novice bullfighters so it was €18 for one of the best seats in the house. It has very limited legroom but people stand for a lot of it so it doesn't matter.
The bull fight itself was quite a sad experience which we didn't find very exciting. The show and e spectacle before the bulls came out was great but it was sad to see how they weakened the bull by sticking harpoon like sticks into it's back then tiring it out before plunging the sword in. This didn't kill the bull which was the most saddening part of the whole thing. When the bull lay down they put a dagger in the back of the neck to kill it which seemed pretty brutal and sad.
It is great to see if you view it as a cultural experience but I would definitely avoid it if you have strong views on animal rights and don't want to see it not being killed immediately
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