Where & When to See a Bullfight in El Puerto de Santa Maria in Spain

Fotos de Bullfighting, Bulls and Bullring in El Puerto de Santa Maria

Bullfighting in El Puerto de Santa Maria has a long history and still the bullring in El Puerto is one of the most important in Spain. In fact, it is the third largest in Spain after Madrid and Valencia.

It has been established in 1880, but ever since there were also bullfights in the Plaza Galeras and in other Plazas which later have been destroyed by various fires. 

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The Bullring in El Puerto de Santa Maria



  • El Puerto de Santa Maria
  • Tel.: 956.859.286

It is an impressive building of Eclectic Style with a diameter of about 100 meters, it has 3 floors and a capacity of 12,186 people.
The building is of rich architecture (decorated with ceramics by Terry Lena Maria Josefa) and not only attracts fans of the bullfights. Rather it is one of the most important sites to visit in El Puerto de Santa Maria.
But for real fans of the bullfights, a visit to the bullring at El Puerto de Santa Maria is a must.

The world famous Gypsy bullfighter Joselito "El Gallo" once said: "Who has not seen bulls in El Puerto, does not know what a day of bullfighting is.
The first bullfights of the year in El Puerto de Santa Maria usually take place during the Spring Fair and the last ones are being held in September. Though more expensive, we recommend you to buy a seat in the shade as the heat in summer inside the bullring can reach very high levels.

Fighting bulls - Bulls of Lidia


The Bulls of Lidia (also called brave bulls) are the bulls being used for the bull fights. A good fighting bull has the perfect mix of aggressiveness and ingenuity.
The bull farms dedicated to the breeding of these animals always were located close by the large rivers in Spain. Near El Puerto de Santa Maria we can find the famous breeding farms (span. Ganaderias) "Cabrera", "Vistahermosa" and "Vázquez", situated right by the river Guadalquivir. 
The amount of Ganaderias only in the province of Cadiz reaches 35. Although in some other parts of Spain the bullfights are a contraverse issue, in Andalusia it remains to be very popular - a deeply rooted part of the Andalusian culture.

Bullfights in España

The bullfights in Spain, as we know them today, began in the year 1723, when King Filipe the 5th prohibited the fighting of bulls using horses. From this moment on, rules, techniques and rituals were established that are still being used today.
An important influence on the modern style of bullfighting had the family of Francisco Romero of Ronda in the province of Malaga, the founders of the "rondeño" style. This style is based on killing the bull while he is still very powerfull.

The "Sevillano" style on the other side aims on exhausting the bull before he receives the final sword stroke into his heart.
Around 1830, the torero "Paquiro" united these two styles and developed the definite procedure that is being used today.
Bullfighting's "golden age" was the first decades of the 20th century, when Juan Belmonte and José Gómez "Joselito" were reknown to be the best bullfighters of all times.


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