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“ist bullring in Spain”
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Plaza de Toros
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Owner description: Founded by the local nobility at the end of the 16th century,the Real Maestranza maintains a horse-riding school and is also the builder of an impressive bullring, in the centre of the romantic town of Ronda, near Malaga and the Costa del Sol. In modern times, the principal activities are devoted to the conservation of its unique historical and artistic heritage. It has gained a deserved reputation for the recovery of archives,works of art, libraries and original documents relating to its history. The bullring is open to the general public all year round and the visit includes the Bullfighting Museum, the Royal Harness Collection and the Antique Firearms Collection.Corporacion nobiliaria cuyos origenes se remontan a 1572, la Real Maestranza mantiene en la actualidad un patrimonio historico y artistico unico en Espana por su singularidad y caracter, relacionado con el mundo de la caballeria, la equitacion y la tauromaquia. Bajo los tendidos de su monumental Plaza de Toros, que data de finales del siglo XVIII, se encuentran la Sala de Tauromaquia y las colecciones de Guarnicioneria y Armas de Fuego Antiguas, en su conjunto un importante reclamo turisticos en el casco historico de la romantica ciudad de Ronda, a escasa distancia de Malaga y la Costa del Sol, y accesible todos los dias del ano en horario ininterrumpido.
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Well worth the entrance fee of 6 euros. Fantastic to be in the middle of a very famous bullring. The exhibitions were very interesting and informative

1  Thank Lesley Burgess M
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

If you like museums (history of bullfighting, etc), there are several collections housed within the walls of this large bullfighting ring. If museums are not your thing, 6 euro entry may seem a little steep.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Beautiful bullfighting ring and one of the oldest still in use. The museum is also very interesting.

Thank MarV713
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Let me say..I hate bull-fighting....I do not even eat meat nor knowingly use anything tested on an animal.....but the kids wanted to see inside and as it's part of Spain's culture I relented! The bull ring is one of the oldest in Spain and the architecture is beautiful! The museum holds a collection of matador dress etc and ceremonial dress for horses and attendants the detailed decoration was phenominal!!
You can observe and enter the pens the poor bulls wait in before it's their turn and see the pulley system used to release the bulls from the pens which is interesting.(I wouldn't want to have to open the door)There were visible pink stains on the sand when viewed from the upper gallery ugh!! Outside there are statues of famous bull fighters and even a matadors chapel !! The gift shop was great selling old bull fight adverts if you are interested! You can appreciate the pomp and ceremony and the spectacle and atmosphere must be amazing and you get a real feel for that..having said that its a place where a cruel barbaric sport takes place much akin to a slaughterhouse! People who eat meat shouldn't moan..these bulls at least live to be 5 years old,live outside and are spoiled rotten....unlike cows reared for meat in the UK!! I would recommend a visit because despite my reservations it is educational and eye-opening and gives real insight into spanish culture! Family of 4 costs 20 euros for the visit!!

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

An animal lover, I have to admit I was a little skeptical about the thought of visiting Plaza de Toros. However, it was my first time in Spain, and bullfighting is so much a part of the Spanish culture (at least historically), that I wanted to check it out. And I'm so glad I did. The building is stunning and I learned a TON about the sport. Does makes me really glad it's on the way out....

Skip the audio guide - it takes forever and the storybook format is frustrating.

Thank Theresa A
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