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“Think twice if you are planning to watch the bull fight”

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
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Seville Sightseeing, River Cruise, Bullring and Basilica Macarena Guided Tour
Ranked #25 of 280 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.
Munich, Germany
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“Think twice if you are planning to watch the bull fight”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

As the bullfighting is something that strongly represents the whole Andalusia, I was tempted to visit it during my vacation there. There were poster all around Seville about 2 young matadors that should perform on Friday evening, and since it was possible to get very cheap tickets, we decided to take a look. Although I prepared myself by watching novices performing on spanish tv channel, and i was also reading a bit about the whole procedure, it didn't look that bad to me, so I was very curious. Some locals warned me that it may not be the best thing to do while in Seville, since it is really a matter of taste. After 10 minutes inside the arena, watching the show, I was so sad and disappointed, and I wanted to leave. Still, out of respect to my accompanying person, i stayed there for almost 3 hours. That was painful. I was not sorry for the people in the ring, they were there voluntarily, but I felt extremely sorry for the poor animals (not only bulls but also the horses), that by no means deserved such treatment only for the sake of cheap fun for careless people. The show is extremely cruel. Horses get kicked and downtrow by bulls, and since their eyes are covered, they have no idea where are they or what happens. Bulls are stabbed like hundred of times during the show, on many different ways, they bleed around to dead, and seems that audience really does not care. People come prepared as for the Sunday service, and many of them use the opportunity to socialize around and have fun. Of course, there is a lot of those that are really into the fight. it could be that someone will describe the same experience as excellent, but anyone who is against violence and feel sorry for animals suffering should certainly avoid it. in modern times that we live in, such customs deserve to be forgotten.

Visited July 2014
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“Interesting experience”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We took our two kids (ages 3 and 6) here as they had been reading Ferdinand the Bull and this would provide them sone context for the story. We did not want to see an actual bullfight but thought it would be interesting to see the history behind it.

The tour was very informative and the museum itself had some great artifacts to illustrate the history.

We also got to visit the chapel the matadors visit before the fights.

Worth a visit!

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“Novice bullfighter dedicates his cap to his father in this whitewashed cathedral of pomp and death.”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Before entering into the whitewashed cathedral of pomp and death,the spectators at nearby bars buzz in anticipation. A working class crowd spills out onto Calle Adriano from cafe-bar Taquilla. Beer and excited chatter flow freely beneath framed black and white photos of legendary bulls and famous toreros.
Once the 14,000 are packed inside,three toreros will each fight a pair of bulls over the next two hours. On this night it is Las Novilladas, young bullfighters making their professional debuts. The evening lacks the polish of the more experienced bullfighters - although the prerequisite feline machismo os on full display. The famously discerning and notoriously demanding crowd is generous and appreciative of the novices.
Before his second bull,a local boy who looks about 16, doffs his montera to the crowd and walks to the edge of the ring. he leans over the wall,speaking to an older man in the first row to whom he bears a striking resemblance. The young warrior's face is earnest as he dedicates the bull to the man, i assume to be his father or his mentor. when he finished his declaration, he offers the cap,to the old man.

Unapologetic tears pour down the old man's cheeks. he makes no move to wipe them away as the boy with the red cape struts towards the heaving animal in the centre of the dirt ring, sword in hand.

Bullfighting may have become a dying and politically incorrect relic in many places, including parts of Spain - but on this night in Seville, it is deeply personal, and alive.

Visited June 2014
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“Interesting and well conducted tour but not for everyone”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We did the 35 min tour of the bullring in Seville and it was a very interesting but also thought provoking tour.
Although there was nothing to see apart from the excellent architecture and a very thorough guide in English and Spanish some of the descriptions of the events staged there were not easy to hear.

The museum had some amazing outfits and displays but also a few stuffed bulls heads and graphic paintings.

It was very interesting to understand this from a local persons point of view who has been brought up with bullfighting but at the end didn't change our minds and we gave the bullfight that evening a miss!

Visited July 2014
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“Authentic Bullfighting in Seville--be warned”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We visited Seville during the Novillos festival (young bull festival). We saw young matadors with young bulls. Another review clearly lays out many of the key points on visiting a bullfight; I'll add some additional thoughts. The ring is beautiful and filled mostly with Spanish people. It was incredible how the audience interacts with the folks in the ring. Being American, our group didn't understand the customs/traditions, but it was amazing to watch and hear the audience. I would recommend doing a quick research on the stages of the bullfight to better understand and enhance your experience. We didn't buy the cushions and found the concrete slabs fine to sit on.

I say, "be warned" in the title, because it is rather gory and sad to see what they do to the bull. I'm not going to get into a whole cruelty to animals lecture here, but there is no "fight" with the bull. They are trained to go after the bright pink and red scarf, they are spun around until they are dizzy and during the first stage, encouraged to attack a horse so they get tired out and stabbed a few times. Think twice if this adventure is your liking.

Visited July 2014
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