Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring

Visit the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring ❤️

Last updated on November 13th, 2023

🐂 The Bullring of Seville

The bullring of Seville is one of the world temples of bullfighting. A scenario of dense history and Sevillian tradition, with a beautiful museum and the possibility of stepping on the ‘albero’. 

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The Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (Royal Cavalry School of Seville), also known as the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza (Seville Bullring), is the most famous bullring in Spain and one of the most famous in the world.

The Maestranza was built in the 18th century and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bullrings in the world.

One of the great monuments to bullfighting art can be found beside the Guadalquivir River and a few steps from the centre of Seville. It is, it could not be otherwise because of the great enthusiasm for bullfighting that has always characterised the good Sevillian connoisseur, Seville’s Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring.

It has a capacity of 13,000 spectators and is known for its elegant Baroque architecture and its unique oval shape.

Located overlooking one of the emblematic places in Seville city, the Arenal neighbourhood, it stands watching the passing of time while the fine and impressive bullfighting performances never grow old inside. Some of the greatest afternoons of glory have been experienced by those who came to the bullring and were able, years later, to recall those great feats of their admired bullfighters.

The Maestranza is the home of the Feria de Abril (April Fair), which is one of the most important bullfighting festivals in the world.

On its right side stands the statue of the great bullfighter Curro Romero, next to the monument to the legendary bullfighting businessman Diodoro Canorea Arquero. On the left, the building of the Real Maestranza de Caballería presided over by the statue of the Countess of Barcelona, a great fan of bullfighting.

It is a beautiful and historic building that is one of the most iconic landmarks in Seville. You can take a guided tour of the Maestranza or simply visit the museum to learn more about the history of bullfighting in Spain.

> Guided tour of the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla

A wonderful opportunity to see it up close and with an official guide. You can visit the museum and the facilities and enter the arena. A unique opportunity for fans of the Spanish bullfighting tradition.

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What to see

The bullring is, in itself, a grandiose monument that deserves leisurely contemplation. The visit begins with the contemplation of the bullring itself, which is accessed below the Palco del Príncipe (Prince’s Box), a distinctive place if ever there was one.

The keys to the museum are the collection of bullfighting paintings and the Chapel of the Bullfighters, presided over by an altarpiece of the Virgen del Rosario.

Almost speechless at the beauty contemplated, we will head for the Bullfighting Museum, where we can find four rooms dedicated to the Real Maestranza de Sevilla, to which the bullring belongs, and the noble art of bullfighting with mementoes of the initiators of this art, pictures, such as engravings by Goya or a painting by Fortuny, sculptures such as Mariano Benlliure posters of the eighteenth century, the head of Islera, mother of the bull Islero, which killed Manolete, and other really interesting works of art.

Real Maestranza de Caballería

Bullfighting season

One of the highlights of any self-respecting monument to bullfighting, which this bullring is in its own right, is the bullfighting season. Here, it begins on Easter Sunday and continues with the celebrations of the April Fair, and bullfights can be seen at various times such as Corpus Christi, the festivity of the Virgen de los Reyes, the Feria de San Miguel, etc, concluding on the 12th of October. It is also possible to see bullfights on certain weekends in July and August.

Schedule and rates 

The Plaza is open from 10:00 to 16:00, Wednesday to Sunday. Free visits with a unidirectional tour.

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See also:

Flamenco tickets in Seville

Guided tours in Seville

Seville Museum of Fine Arts guide