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“Bullring is impressive but the tour wasn't.”

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
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Ronda Day Trip from Seville: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional...
Ranked #25 of 284 things to do in Seville
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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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“Bullring is impressive but the tour wasn't.”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We arrived for the last tour of the day and joined several others who had a very hurried visit by a disinterested tour guide who was keen to lock up. The bullring is very impressive but the 'museum' contains little apart from a few matador costumes and paintings.

Visited May 2014
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“SoSo. If you need something to fill your time.”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The first 5 minutes are inside the seats of the bull ring but the rest is underneath with a painting gallery and a museum of history of the bullring. To enter you must be with a tour. I think 45 minutes in this tour is too long. You may not enter the ground of the ring. 20 minutes of the entire museum would do including the time needed for the ring.

I would pay the entrance fee, see the ring, and move on. Tours start every 20-30 minutes. There are vending machines in the waiting area for the tour.

Visited May 2014
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“A really interesting place to visit”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I am personally opposed to bullfighting but wanted to visit to find out what makes it so popular and important in Spain's history. The ring and stands are reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome and the museum inside is well laid out, spacious and has lots of interesting artefacts. Our tour guide was really good. I took lots of pictures of all of the "memorabilia" and feel the entire tour was money very very well spent. I'd say it's a must-do if you have no prior knowledge and want to find out a lot more about bullfighting as an art. Well worth a visit

Visited May 2014
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“Classic bull-ring, but the bull-fighting leaves a lot to be desired.”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We did the museum tour in the morning and watched the six bull fights which start at 6:30pm

The stadium tour was interesting, the stadium itself having great status in the world of bull-fighting. We were shown the 5 gates of the ring and 3 "tercios" of the "corrida de toros" were described. The museum had lots of memorabilia but didn't really inspire or answer any awkward questions.

We sat in section 9 of the stadium, which is in the shadow - so cooler and more expensive.

It's hard to judge the bull-fighting, the ritualised slaughter of a bull. One the bulls was killed quite quickly, stylishly and clinically by an experienced matador, so the crowd were waving their white handkerchiefs. But another matador and his cuadrilla made a complete mess of it. The matador's estoque was not plunged correctly into the bull's heart despite three attempts and the bull was clearly in major distress. The crowd were jeering at his incompetence. This was the 6th and last bull of the evening and left me with a very bad taste having seen the worst of bull fighting when I expected the final fight to be the very best.

I have a better understanding of bull fighting and what the matadors and toreros should do, but I won't be going again.

Visited May 2014
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“Interesting tour”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Though unsure about the concept of bullfighting, it was interesting to see a sporting arena quite unlike any other I have seen. Though there was a fair wait for the tour, it was worth getting on. Learning some of the history and browsing the museum was very interesting, although it might have been nice to have seen the arena again at the end, or even to walk onto the main surface. They claim a capacity of 14,000, but I struggle to imagine that many in there - it must be rammed!

Visited April 2014
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