This is Madrid’s famous bullfighting arena, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. It is regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain. Typically between April and September, bullfighting events are held every Sunday throughout Spain. During special festivals like San Isidro and San Fermin for example, bullfighting events are held daily.
It is interesting to note, the price of the ticket depends on whether you choose to sit in the sun or shade. The higher prices are for the shaded seats.
As I entered my first bullfighting event in Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, I really didn’t know how I would feel about this experience. Usually the bullfighting lasts about 2-3 hours. I believe it was about 30 mins into the event, when I could not bare to witness the cruelty that was being inflicted onto the bulls anymore. I could not understand why all the people around me were having such a thrill watching these innocent bulls being tortured and bleed to death. Even today, I still don’t understand people’s fascination with bullfighting events. The only thing I understood was that I felt uncomfortable and disgusted. Within less than an hour of being at the arena, I decided to leave the roaring crowds behind. What do you think of bullfighting as a form of entertainment?