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Visit Seville Bullring

The bullring or "Plaza de Toros of the Real Maestranza" in Seville is a very beautiful building and is one of the oldest in Spain. It has a beautiful Baroque facade and is painted white and golden yellow.

The bullfighting season lasts from March or April to September and the bullring can be visited for guided visits throughout the year.

Explore the Seville bullring

The current circular bullring began construction in 1749 to replace the previous rectangular ring. It seats 12000 people and the most important fights take place during the 'Seville Fair' also known as the 'April Fair' which begins two weeks after Easter. During this time many of Spain's most famous matadors will fight in the bullring.

A visit to the bullring begins with a guided walk through the museum where you can learn about the history and traditions of bullfighting in Seville. In the museum are paintings of some of the leading bullfighters in history including Juan Belmonte and Joselito El Gallo and suits worn by a 14 year old matador! There are also stuffed heads of some of the most respected bulls!

Goya fans can admire 12 prints of Fransisco de Goya's famous Tauromachy series. Many paintings, sketches and statues of bullfighting scenes can be admired in the museum.

Seville bullring

Each year for the new bullfighting season a poster is commissioned and these can be seen displayed in the museum. You can also visit the chappel where bullfighters can pray before entering the bullfighting arena.

The ring itself is surrounded by arches and the most elaborate section is the Prince's box which is reserved for Spanish Royalty. Below it is the 'Prince's gate' through which successful bullfighters leave the ring.


It is here in Seville that bullfighting changed from a dual on horseback between the bull and the 'toreros' to a dual on foot. Seville is still considered one of the most important venues of the bullfighting year as its audiences are considered to be the most critical and most discerning.

Bullfighting remains very popular in Spain and especially in Seville despite calls for it to be banned by many younger Spanish people.

Seville bullring

In Prosper Merimée's novel Carmen and in Bizet's opera, Carmen is stabbed to death by her husband in the Maestranza bullring. The couple met in the Tobacco factory which is now part of Seville University and is another site from 'Carmen' that you can visit.

Guided tours take place every day throughout the year. It is possible to visit for free on Monday's from 15.00-19.00 hours but expect queues.

Places to visit nearby

Fans of Carmen may wish to wander around the ancient Tobacco factory which as part of Seville University can be visited for free.

Bullring fans will also want to visit the bullring at nearby Ronda as this too is one of the oldest bullrings in Spain.

Also to visit in Seville are the huge Gothic cathedral, views from the Giralda tower, the fabulous Alcazar and gardens and the Barrio Santa Cruz area of Seville.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Seville guide, and the Andalucia guide.

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Map of Seville Bullring and places to visit


Seville Bullring places to visit

Seville- El Arenal

Seville- El Arenal

El Arenal is the riverside district of Seville and home to Seville's bullring. This is a quieter part of Seville and nice for a riverside walk.

Seville- El Arenal guide
Seville - Giralda

Seville - Giralda

The Giralda tower is Seville's iconic bell tower with great views from the top. It is a huge ramp to the top rather than steps and so relatively easy to climb.

Seville - Giralda guide
Alcazar of Seville

Alcazar of Seville

The Alcazar is a collection of Moorish palaces and beautiful gardens. It was used in the filming of Game of Thrones.

Alcazar of Seville guide
Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

The Seville Metropol is an amazing modern structure in the heart of Seville. Not only great looking but you can walk on the top of it and get some great views.

Metropol Parasol guide
Casa de Pilatos

Casa de Pilatos

The Casa de Pilatos is a 16th century palace and gardens in Seville. It is Moorish in style and has two courtyard gardens.

Casa de Pilatos guide
Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

Seville is home to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Seville cathedral is well worth visiting.

Seville Cathedral guide