Bullfights in Valencia, Spain
Finished in 1861 in the Neoclassical style, Valencia's bullring is a fascinating structure essentially based upon the structure of ancient theaters like Rome's Colisseum. Aside from bullfights, Valencia's Plaza de Toros (Bullring) also hosts a variety of other cultural activities, such as concerts and circuses. The venue is situated in a prime location right next to the train station and only slighly removed from the historical part of Valencia; so, even if you're not sure whether a bullfight is for you, still take the opportunity to check out the bullring and visit the free Bullfight Museum inside.
In terms of the big event itself, bullfighting isn't quite as ingrained into Valencian life and culture as it is in other regions of Spain, but the sport does still maintain a high degree of importance. Valencia bullfights are held sporadically between March and October, but the best time to see all of the tradition and pageantry is during the major Valencia festival seasons, when Spain's best bullfighters flock to Valencia to show off their stuff. During Las Fallas and July's Feria de Valencia, for example, there are several bullfights held to complement the celebrations. The Feria de Octubre, on the other hand, is a festival dedicated exclusively to this quintessentially Spanish cultural activity.
Want to see a bullfight in Valencia? Head to:
Plaza de Toros
c/ de Alicante (right next to the train station)
Tlf: 963 51 93 15
Metro stop: Xátiva