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Bullfighting

Like Flamenco, bullfighting is an essential part of Spanish culture that sets it apart from the rest of the world.

The origins of bullfighting can be found in combats and spectacles with bulls in Ancient Crete. Even before the Punic Wars the Celtiberians had developed their hunting into a sport. In the games held in Ancient Andalusia, men exhibited dexterity and bravery before dealing the death blow by axe or lance to the savage beast. Later, as bullfighting grew in popularity crumbling amphitheaters were embellished. Where amphitheaters didn’t exist contests were held in the city square, or plaza, from which all bullrings, or Plaza de Toros, derive their name. At the present time there are over 400 bullrings throughout  the country making bullfighting one of Spain’s best-known popular customs.

The corrida commences with the colorful entry of the three participating teams of bullfighters dressed in 17th Century costume, elaborately embroidered in bright colored silk with trims of silver and gold. The fights are divided into four parts in which the bull is first tested for its quality, is then weakened and ultimately killed by the lone matador. When the kill is swift and clean the band plays and the public waves white handkerchiefs.For further information:
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Tickets can be purchased directly at the bullring or with street vendors who add a commission fee. The least expensive seats, at approximately €20, are situated in the direct sun. Those seats located in the “sun-shade” area cost slightly more. The most expensive seats are entirely in the shade. During the April Fair, when the best matadores fight, tickets are most expensive and difficult to obtain.