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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.


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Novotel Madrid Center

Novotel Madrid Center

O'donnell 53, Madrid, Madrid
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Salamanca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of WiZink Center and Nuevo Teatro Alcala. El Retiro Park and Las Ventas are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

    Novotel Madrid CenterAU$150

    2 Aug - 3 Aug

    Hotel Regina

    Hotel Regina

    Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

      Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from La Equitativa Building, Casino de Madrid, and Church of las Calatravas. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and ...

      Hotel ReginaAU$126

      4 Aug - 5 Aug

      NH Madrid Ventas

      NH Madrid Ventas

      Calle de Biarritz, 2, Madrid, Madrid
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Salamanca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida America and Las Ventas. El Retiro Park and WiZink Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

        NH Madrid VentasAU$114

        2 Aug - 3 Aug

        Hotel Atlantico Madrid

        Hotel Atlantico Madrid

        Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Callao, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Lara. Teatro Rialto and Lope de Vega Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

          Hotel Atlantico MadridAU$204

          2 Aug - 3 Aug

          Golden Alcalá

          Golden Alcalá

          Calle Alcalá , 288, Madrid
            2.5 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Ciudad Lineal, this hostal is within 2 mi (3 km) of Las Ventas, El Retiro Park, and Avenida America. WiZink Center and Nuevo Teatro Alcala are also ...

            Golden AlcaláAU$94

            11 Aug - 12 Aug

            ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas

            ibis Madrid Centro Las Ventas

            Calle Julio Camba, 1, Madrid, Madrid
              2.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Salamanca, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Las Ventas, Avenida America, and WiZink Center. El Retiro Park and Nuevo Teatro Alcala are also ...

              ibis Madrid Centro Las VentasAU$94

              4 Aug - 5 Aug

              Hotel Puerta América

              Hotel Puerta América

              Avenida de America, 41 or, Corazón de María,10, Madrid, Madrid
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                This family-friendly Madrid hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golden Mile, Avenida America, and Paseo de la Castellana. Las Ventas and ...

                Hotel Puerta AméricaAU$156

                13 Aug - 14 Aug

                Bless Hotel Madrid, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World

                Bless Hotel Madrid, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World

                62 Velazquez St, Madrid, Madrid
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  This luxury hotel is located in Madrid (Salamanca), close to El Retiro Park, Prado Museum, and Gran Via Street. Also nearby are Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. ...

                  Bless Hotel Madrid, a member of The Leading Hotels of the WorldAU$374

                  13 Aug - 14 Aug

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