Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (often shortened to Las Ventas) is a famous bullring located in Madrid, Spain. Situated in the Guindalera quarter of the district of Salamanca, it was inaugurated on June 17, 1931. It has a seating capacity of 23,798. This bullring was designed by the architect José Espeliú in the Neo-Mudéjar (Moorish) style with ceramic incrustations. The seats are situated in ten "tendidos". The price of the seats depends upon how close they are to the arena and whether they are in the sun or the shade (the latter being more expensive). The bullfighting season starts in March and ends in October; bullfights are held every day during the San Isidro Fiesta, and every Sunday or holiday during the season. Bullfights start at 6 or 7pm and last for two to three hours. "Las Ventas" is located in the east of Madrid. On top of attending bullfights, people can also visit the bullring and its museum, everyday, from 10 to 18h, or from 10h to 15h on the days of bullfights

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    10:00 - 17:30

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:30

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  • Ying Hau

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Interesting audio tour. Impressive interior - you can feel the history. I didn't like that there was a compulsory section of the tour that involved taking your photograph of your face and superimposing it on the body of a matador. They actually print out the photos individually there and then and ask whether you want to buy it for €10. My answer was 'no' but I wish they could have just given you the choice of not having your photo taken. Alternatively, they could have shown you a sample picture on a screen before printing it out. Other than that, the tour was very enjoyable.

  • Paul Didden

    5
    - 13 August 2018 -

    Amazing place just a little outside the city center. Make sure you don't miss this bullfight arena build in 1929. Easy to reach by metro. Takes an hour but gives you a great idea of Madrid back in those days. For € 15 You can also visit inside the arena.

  • Ana Castillejos

    5
    - 03 August 2018 -

    It was my first and experience in a plaza de toros. It was very interesting seeing the crowd and the whole ritual. People were very nice and respectful, the ones that worked there showed our places since the beginning. we got cheap seats so we were under the sun ( I recommend a pair of shades and a hat). They sell beer, sodas and other kind of beverages. It it's a big place so it can get crowded.

  • Panayiotis Georgiou

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    The audio guide is vital. Listen to the points in order to understand the history of the place. A worth while attraction definitely recommend it!

  • captcaneman

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    Not for the faint of heart. If you can get over animal-abuse issues and focus on the primordial and cultural aspects, it’s a sight to behold. You will be pleasantry surprised by the large crowds and overall respect for what is transpiring. Plus, you can actually smoke and drink while watching an event which is not very common anymore.

  • Sacha St. Hill

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    Many can’t understand the reason for such cruelty to these animals, but after you have experienced a bullfight at Las Ventas, there is no question in your mind about the history and tradition that is all Las Ventas. The bullfights are steeped in tradition. You can feel the excitement and anticipation before the first riders and bulls are even paraded in the arena. Pride emanates from all involved, especially the fighters. Each match is a nail biter, and each match is different. No two fights are the same. Visiting Madrid, you must try to attend at least one match at Las Ventas. I can’t wait to see another.

  • Molly Sasso

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    Beautiful building and statues. I purchased a Euro souvenior with the plaza on the front. Didn't understand the Bullfight. Thought it was unfair for the bull. I was expecting something different. Bought the ticket at the ticket box in the plaza. Best price compared to the online tickets I had found.

  • Meadhbh Murphy

    3
    - 21 June 2018 -

    Lovely venue and strong cultural feel. Was my first and only bull fight. Was hesitant to go as an animal lover but was encouraged to see this long standing tradition. Spent most of the night watching the crowd instead of the ring. I did see a couple of people rush out crying at the first fight so wouldn’t recommend for any sensitive souls.

  • Theophilus Lim

    5
    - 12 June 2018 -

    AMAZING experience! We went for a show and it was absolutely astounding. As you can see from the photos, the colosseum was packed and the bull fights were magnificent. Be aware however, it is extremely gory and many would consider it brutal as the bulls are killed. However, do note that this is an important aspect of Spanish culture, so please respect it. Everything is overpriced (as expected - 2 pints of beer for €9). I would recommend arriving about 30 mins early to get your snacks, seat cushions (€1 to rent) and be shown to your seats by the helpful staff.

  • Andre Arrais

    5
    - 04 June 2018 -

    I did a tour visit before going in to an actual bullfight. I think it is worth doing both so you do not judge the bullfights without understanding the cultural aspect of it and knowing the details of the entire event. If you never experience it, I reccomend doing the tour inside and then going for the bullfight. The tickets are affordable going from €7 up to €200+. If you are not having a good time or enjoying your experiece, simply leave. You will have your own conclusions and interpretation of it, but most important an educated one. So go and experience it for yourself.

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