Head inside Madrid's Las Ventas Bullring with an entrance ticket, and explore one of the world's most famous arenas while listening to an audio-guided tour. The ticket includes access to all the key sites around the stadium, from the alleyways behind the ring to the seats where audiences cheer. Pose for photos next to the Door of Madrid (Puerte Grande), an exit reserved for victorious bullfighters, and admire the building's different architectural styles. Then explore the Bullfighting Museum of Madrid on your own, located at the 'Patio de Caballos' in an emblematic section of the building and it includes a collection depicting the history of bullfighting in Spain.
Head inside Madrid's iconic bullring with your entrance ticket and start
exploring. Pick up your audio guide at the entrance or simply walk
around at leisure. The audio-guided tour lasts 45 minutes and the commentary
explains the bullring's history as well as the tradition of bullfighting
itself ' a controversial sport yet one that remains deeply ingrained in
Originally, bulls were fought by Spanish
nobleman on horseback, but following a ban on this by King Felipe V in
the 1700s, men on the ground decided to fight the bulls instead. Corrida de toros
(classic bullfighting ' the type that takes place inside Las Ventas)
became popular with the Spanish masses and a tradition was borne.
Stroll around key sites inside the building, stopping for photos by the main entrance, and then visiting the tendidos ' the four different levels of seating that ring the arena. Walk around the alleyway behind the main ring, where the matadors escape
the raging bulls, and see stadium's most significant gateways. The Door
of Madrid has gained popularity with sightseers as it's the exit door
reserved for the winning matadors.
Besides seeing key sites
inside the arena, the Bullring's intriguing architecture is also worth
admiring. Designed in 1931 by Spanish architect Jos' Espeli', the
building boasts a beautiful brick fa'ade created in a Neo-Moorish style.
Gaze at the intricately styled ceramic tiles that adorn the stadium
walls, and admire the glazed plaques that hold the shields of each
Continue on your own to the Bullfighting Museum of Madrid and see works such as
engravings from the tauromachy of Goya, bullfighters dresses from the
twentieth century, a section devoted exclusively to Manolete and a large
testimonial sample of the birth of the historic Las Ventas bullring.
You ticket allows you to spend as long as you like in the stadium or museum. Any food or drinks from the on-site caf' are at your own expense.