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Las Ventas

Spend a day among the sun-baked orange bricks of Spain's most famous (or infamous) bull-fighting ring.

Las Ventas is the most popular and most famous bull-ring in Spain, and hosts some of the country's most important fights. The 23,800-capacity arena was built between 1922 and 1929 at a time when bull-fighting was enjoying an enormous surge in popularity. Although the role of this sport in the modern world is currently a much-debated topic in Spain, fights go on as usual at Las Ventas.

The architect José Espeliú designed Las Ventas in the so-called neo-Mudéjar style which developed in the late 1800s and was heavily influenced by Moorish architecture. It’s worth visiting the ring just to take a walk around and admire the iconic horse-shoe arcades, the ceramic tiles displaying coats of arms from all over Spain, and the building's wonderfully ornate façade.

Bull-fights take place on Sundays (and only during the fighting season) but guided tours of the arena run daily. You have the option of following a guide around or of simply picking up an audio guide and browsing in your own time. The tour will take you through the ring, which measures 60 metres across, before you’re taken backstage into the Patio de Cuadrillas where fighters wait in nervous anticipation before they step out into the ring. You'll also be taken to the Puerta Grande, the exit by which matadors leave the ring if they win their fight.

The bull-fighting season runs from March to October so those who want to see a fight should be able to do so almost every Sunday evening during this period. Be sure to book in advance, as tickets can sell out fast. Bookings can be made online or at the booking office on site. A popular time to go is during the San Isidro festival, which runs from mid-May to early June. This is when some of the year's major fights take place.

The ring is served by Ventas and El Carmen metro stations. There is a fee for the guided tours which includes hire of an audio guide.


Top Hotels for your Las Ventas Holiday

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
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ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas
ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas
2.0 out of 5.0 Calle Julio Camba, 1, Madrid, Madrid
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With a stay at ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas, you'll be centrally located in Madrid, within a 5-minute drive of Nuevo Teatro Alcala and Paseo de la ...
Bright Apartment With Terrace in Alcalá Street
Bright Apartment With Terrace in Alcalá Street
184 Calle de Alcalá, Madrid, Community of Madrid
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With a stay at this apartment in Madrid (Salamanca), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Nuevo Teatro Alcala and Paseo de la Castellana.
NH Madrid Ventas
NH Madrid Ventas
4.0 out of 5.0 Calle de Biarritz, 2, Madrid, Madrid
Free Cancellation
AU$130
With a stay at NH Madrid Ventas in Madrid (Salamanca), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of WiZink Center and Nuevo Teatro Alcala.
Plaza de las Ventas-apartment Near Plaza de Toros
Plaza de las Ventas-apartment Near Plaza de Toros
Calle Virgen del Coro, 6, Madrid, Community of Madrid
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With a stay at this apartment in Madrid (Ciudad Lineal), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Nuevo Teatro Alcala and U.S. Embassy.
OYO CH Murallas II
OYO CH Murallas II
3.0 out of 5.0 Calle de Francisco Navacerrada, 25, Madrid, Madrid
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AU$59
With a stay at OYO CH Murallas II in Madrid (Salamanca), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Paseo de la Castellana and U.S. Embassy.
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