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Trying to get bullfight tickets can be a challenging task. Apart from checking the official schedule to see if a fight will take place while you are in Madrid, you should determine where you want to seat. Madrid bullring, Las Ventas, has several types of seats and prices vary depending on their visibility.
If you want to discover more about the Spanish culture, attending a bullfight should be on top of list of things to do. The best way to ensure you get good seats at a bullfighting is to order them online before you leave home. It’s just a couple of clicks away!
All bullrings are round. You won’t find a squared, oval or any other shape bullring. They used to be squared in the 1800s but it soon became evident that a bullring with corners was much more dangerous for the matador than a circular one.
Hence, every bullring is divided into 3 different areas:
Each of these areas is divided into several sections or tendidos. As you will see in the seating chart available below, each tendido is a “slice” of the bullring. In Las Ventas the tendidos are located as it follows:
Additionally, the bullring has different types of seats depending on their location and how close to the arena they are. The best ones are barrera and the worst are andanadas because they are far away from the action is they have lower visibility.
A look at Las Ventas seat map will help you visualizing the seats’ distribution.
The price of a ticket varies depending on several factors. And as you have probably guessed, the better the seat, the more expensive it is.
Seats in the bullring are priced based on proximity to the arena and whether they’re in the sun or the shade.
The importance of the bullring, the type of festival and the bullfighters that participate are also decisive elements that will determine the price of the ticket. For instance, a ticket to attend a fight at Las Ventas is more expensive than at La Maestranza in Seville. To give you another example, it will cost you more to see the biggest names in the industry than a beginner novillero.
Therefore, prices for corridas can go from less than 20 euros to several hundred euros depending on where and when you buy it.
Tickets are released as soon as the bullfights are scheduled and the official dates are published. The sooner you buy your bullfight tickets, the greater your chance of choosing the best seats.
Actually, depending on the event, bullfight tickets can be sold in just a few hours. This is why you should buy your tickets as soon as possible. Fortunately you can now get yours online. The purchasing process is easy and you can ask for the tickets to be delivered at home. No waiting lines, risk of missing the fight or last minute negotiations with third parties.
However, if you are more like a last minute person, you can always go the bullring and purchase your tickets at the office. While it’s true that you won’t pay any commission, you risk not having tickets at all. In Madrid, this is particularly true during the most popular festivals (Feria de San Isidro, Feria de la Comunidad and Feria de Otoño).
Alternatively, they may be available through a reseller who will ask for a much higher price. They usually operate at the bullring surroundings and look for last minute clients. Don’t turn on them unless you really want to attend this fight, try to buy your tickets in advance at the official price instead.
Again, your preferred option should always be purchasing your tickets online as soon as you know the dates in which you will be travelling.
The process to purchase your bullfight tickets online is extremely simple. All you have to do is follow this step-by-step guide and you will be done in a few minutes.
1. First, select the bullfight you want to go to according to your preferred dates.
2. After what you have read in the previous sections regarding the seats specifications, have a look at the seating chart and select your area (sombra, sol y sombra or sol).
3. Select your seats. Remember that the closer to the arena, the better you see the action but also the more expensive the price is.
4. Fill all your details. Here, you can also register so that all your personal information is saved for future purchases.
5. Select your payment method and fill your details.
As soon as you receive the confirmation email, you’re done!
If you plan to watch a bullfight, have a look at a practical list of FAQ about bullfighting. Spain has a long tradition and it will help you know what is involved in this most complex and moving spectacle. These answers throw light on every question that you may have before attending a fight.