Corrida De Toros – Bullfight In Spain
Adored by some, deplored by many – Bullfighting has become an iconic tradition in Spain that defines the cultural characteristics of the nation. A violent act that bestrides the boundaries between brutality and art is a curious attraction for many travellers in Spain.
Here is everything that you need to know about Bullfighting:
Wondering how does the fight starts?
The Bullfighting starts with an opening parade. A highly anticipated moment where the matadors and the supporting cast of bullfighters come out of the tunnel and walk out and around the pit of the ring in front of the throngs of cheering fans and spectators present. The participant take their places and then a bull is released into the ring after which the fight is commenced.
The season & the tickets to address the bullfighting:
It lasts throughout spring and autumn. Sundays are the biggest days with the largest number of visitors. You can purchase three kinds of tickets for yourself. One is “SoI Tickets” – they are the cheapest as the seats are in the sun. Second is the “Sol y sombra Tickets” – they are the mid-range seats that provide a combination of sun and shade. Third is the “Sombra Tickets” – they are the most expensive tickets as you get to sit in the shade comfortably. Make yourself comfortable when it comes to enjoying the event; if it is sunny, then let me tell you it is going to be really very hot for you to sit for hours. Make it worth for you to pay the extra ticket price if you burn easily.
Know how it starts & ends:
- Cape Stage – It is the very first stage of a bullfight. In this stage, the strength of the bull is tested with a series of taunts. This work is done by the matador. The bull charges the cape and our clever tricky matador moves aside gracefully at the last moment making the audience cheer and wining their hearts out.
- Picador Stage – It is the second stage of a bullfight. Do you know who Picadors are? They are our bullfighters on horseback with all the necessary armours and lances. They taunt and chase the bull until it takes a charge. The bull is also stabbed in the shoulders to arise a feeling of anger. The animal is at times gored, but the participants make it out alive. The bull is made to rush on foot and coloured darts are thrown into its back.
- Killing Stage – The last stage that wraps up the bullfight. Until here, the bull gets really tired and weak from the rushes and stabbings it gets. Now, the matador moves in with a little red cape and a long sword that he plunges into the back of the bull and makes a final lunge. A clean kill earns more respect from people. The bull is then tied to a pack of horses and then dragged out. Towards the end, the matador is seen making his victory lap.
Know when it ends:
A typical bullfighting scene features six to seven bulls, three matadors and a crew of assistant bullfighters. The entire fight and the event right from the start to the end lasts for 3-4 hours.