Today, some students and two teachers here at Spark Spanish paid a visit to the Plaza de Toros – the bullring.
We were thrilled to go to see it as it’s our last week, so it was good to be able to fit it in. It is the second largest bullring in Spain– after the one in Seville– and there are FREE guided tours on Tuesday mornings.
We started by entering through the main door, where you’re greeted by very obviously real bulls’ heads – the souvenirs or ‘recuerdos’ of previous fights.
Then, you go up the stairs to the seats… and if you’re as lucky as we were, you get to see the bullfighters or ‘matadors’ training. They use a plastic bull on wheels and aim their spears at them, hittin g the target with precision every time. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be the bull!
After this, we joined a guide who told us a lot about the history of the bullring; for example, it was opened in 1880, and it can hold over 12,000 spectators.
Unfortunately it was extremely hot, so we didn’t stay for the whole tour, but I would definitely like to go back again to hear more about it.