Las Ventas Bullring

Address: Calle Alcala 237, Madrid, 28028, Spain
Telephone: 91 356 2200

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Don't fancy seeing a bullfight? You can just visit the bullring if you like.

Only the bullring in Mexico City is bigger than Las Ventas, which holds 24,000 spectators. The neo-Mudejar red-brick building was designed by Jose Espeliu and opened in 1934. The tiled decoration features the coats of arms of all the provinces in Spain.
The museum is a great way to get an idea of what bullfighting is all about, and contains engravings by Goya and portraits of famous matadors, with information in English about their careers. Also on display is the bloodstained suit of lights worn by Manolete, who was killed by a bull in 1947.On the tour of the bullring, given in English and Spanish, you walk out into the arena and see where the horses and bulls are kept. You see the little chapel where the matadors pray before going into the ring and the surgery, complete with two operating theatres, for when it all goes wrong.


Value for money

Price advice

Museum: 3 euros. Tour: adults 7 euros, children 5 euros (4-12 years).

Expert tips

The museum is free on Sundays.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • History