The Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Ronda occupies a very special place in modern Spanish culture and history as the home of the Rondeño style of bullfighting and also of the Real Maestranza De Caballería De Ronda. The bullring was built entirely of stone in the 18th century, during the golden years of Pedro Romero’s reign as a champion bullfighter.
The Malaga bullring, known by Spaniards as the Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta, sits close to the main beach in Malaga city, giving the entire area its name. The Plaza de Toros can’t be missed as it is visible from Paseo de Reding, the main street connecting Malaga with her eastern villages in the Axarquia.
Built between 1874 and 1876, the structure is hexadecimal (a 16 sided polygon), has a central rueda of 52m, and after the renovations of 2010 can now accommodate 14,000 fans.
The Plaza de Toros in Antequera is still one of the often used bullrings in Andalucia, where the art of the taurina hasn’t lost its legal right as in communities such as Catalonia. Within the Malaga province, the plaza de toros in Antequera continues to host corridas several times per year.
The bullring itself is often ignored by visitors to Andalucia due to its lack of fame, however this is a mistake for anyone with a genuine interest in architecture or the art of bullfighting. In fact the Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a very attractive building, and is surrounded by beautiful parklands close to the centre of the city.
Architecturally, Antequera’s bullring is built using locally manufactured bricks, with a facade of white painted walls, and post-independence lintels above the doors. Inside, the rueda isn’t large, though the yellow sand is always immaculately smoothed out.
Dating from 1848, the structure was rebuilt in 1984, in a style that reflects the city’s diverse architectural influences, and is considered one of the most attractive bullrings in Spain. The Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a prime example of a classic bull ring. It has a seating capacity of 8,200 people.
There is an excellent museum of bullfighting within the structure under the seats, which dare we say it, is often considered better than the RMR museum in Ronda. Numerous momentoes from former heroes of the art are on display, including a bronze statue by Sánchez Panadero and Clemente entitled ‘El Tiro de Mulillas’ (Mules dragging out a bull).
IMPORTANT: If you want to stay in Ronda to experience the feria and all it has to offer then don’t delay in booking your hotel. Use the booking form to the right as soon as possible! Places will already be limited!