Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza - Bullring

This magnificent bullring is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest and most important in the world. Although many of the younger generation in Spain abhor the sport, it remains phenomenally popular, especially in Seville, and the 'Catedral del Toreo' is the perfect place to experience the electric atmosphere of a corrida (bullfight).

The building, with its impressive Baroque façade, dates from 1762 -1881 (under a succession of architects) and was immortalized in Bizet's Carmen. The arena accommodates 14,000 and, despite its size, the acoustics allow you to hear everything wherever you're sitting. The main entrance is the Puerta del Príncipe (the Prince's Gate) with beautiful 16th-century iron gates, originally from a convent, made by Pedro Roldán. After an outstanding performance the torero (bullfighter) will be carried out through these gates on the audience's shoulders. Look out for the slight slope in the arena; it's higher in the centre than near the stalls to give the bullfighter an advantage - he can sprint downhill to get behind the barricade, while the bull has to come to a stop to avoid crashing into it.

The tour visits the small but interesting museum, which traces the sport's history from the 18th century to present day. Its collection of memorabilia includes costumes, posters and bull's heads, as well as paintings of some celebrated Sevillano toreros such as Juan Belmonte and Joselito El Gallo, whose suits worn at the tender age of 14 are on display. You also visit the chapel, dedicated to the Virgen de la Caridad, where fighters pray before entering the ring, and an infirmary - in 20 per cent of bullfights the torero needs emergency treatment. (The bulls aren't as lucky, of course. All are killed.) There's a souvenir shop selling books, postcards and posters in the entrance.

Famous visitors to the Maestranza include Hollywood screen legend Rita Hayworth (original name Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino; her father was Sevillano); and her second husband, bullfighting aficionado Orson Welles, who came to Seville in the 1960s to write and learn the sport.


The corrida season is from Easter Sunday to 12 October, with around 20 fights in total. Many celebrated matadors appear during Feria week at the end of April. Other important corridas take place on 10 June, 15 August, the last weekend in September and 12 October. Fights usually take place on Sunday evenings. Tickets for bullfights cost from around 8 to 70 euro, from the taquilla (ticket office, open Saturday and Sunday only).  For more general information on bullfighting, see our bullfighting section. .

Opening hours

Daily 9.30am-7 pm, except on bullfighting days until 3pm. Entrance by guided tour only (in English and Spanish), every 20 minutes, lasts 20 minutes.
Entrance: 4 Euro


The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is located Paseo de Colón, 12 overlooking the river Guadalquivir. Tel: 954 224 577


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