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.
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Ronda is a historic town with a rich cultural heritage spanning over 30,000 years. This charming city in Andalusia, Spain, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and scenic views, making it a must-visit destination for any traveler. From exploring the ancient streets of the old town to admiring the iconic Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), Ronda offers a variety of experiences to its visitors. With almost everything located within 500 meters of the bridge, Ronda is a compact city that can be easily explored on foot. To make the most of your trip, here are the top 10 places to visit during your stay in Ronda.
Bullfighting has a proud history and tradition in Andalucia, and no more so than in Sevilla where the Plaza de Toros is still used to this day. Owned by the Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, the Plaza de Toros in Sevilla competes with Ronda for the title of oldest bullring in Spain.
Before construction was completed, bullfights in Sevilla would take place in the Plaza de San Francisco in a rectangular shaped arena specially erected and then dismantled for each corrida.
Designed by Francisco Sanchez de Aragon and Pedro y Vicente de San Martin, the current plaza is built was completed in the mid 1880s from stone and brick, and then renovated again in the 20th century by the renowned architect Anibal Gonzalez who also designed Plaza de España in the city.
Unusually, Sevilla’s Plaza de Toros isn’t a perfect circle as is more common, with the rueda actually being more oval in shape. Many visitors don’t notice this at ground level, but the shape is clearly seen from above, for example by climbing the Giralda tower in the cathedral.
Tours and activities close to the plaza de toros in Sevilla
Within the enclosure is housed the Real Maestranza, a chivalric order created originally as a military cavalry, the museum dedicated to bulfighting, and a chapel used by the toreros to pray before entering and leaving the ring.
During the April feria in Sevilla is when the most popular fights of the calendar are seen, with tickets sometimes selling for many hundreds of Euros.
Every year, usually on the Sunday morning following the big Corrida, the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda and the Real Club de Enganches de Andalucía hold a competition to pick the best horse and carriage.
The prizes aren’t significant, no more than a few hundred Euros, but the honour of being awarded the Champion of Champions Trophy at this event far outweighs any other prize on offer at the other provincial Ferías.
Several classes of carriage are judged, starting with single horse carriages, all the way to six horse teams arranged three across. Carriages fall into two and four wheel classes, covered and uncovered, and are usually in immaculate condition. Carriage owners take great pride in the appearance of their carriages, the horses, harnesses, and of course themselves. Click the “continue reading” to see images and video of the horse and carriage show. Continue reading “Las Enganches” Horse and Carriage Show – Goyesca Ronda→
Rondeño Sebastián Jesús Garcia has won the first monthly prize in a series of draws being organised by the Real Maestranza de Ronda (RMR) as they celebrate 225 years since the completion and opening of Ronda’s Plaza de Toros in 1785 with his photo entitled ‘Corrida Colgante’.
Sebastián takes home 200€ for his photo of a sculpture on display inside the museum, and said he wanted to capture the bullring from a different perspective, and behind the bull as it wearily watches the torero and his men was exactly what he was looking for.
The sculpture is entitled “A las cinco de la tarde”, At five in the afternoon, and was created by San Sebastian sculptor Andrés Nagel and depicts a bull fighting for its life against four men, one of whom is mounted in the Sevillana style of bullfighting.
As Spain’s premier Plaza de Toros, the RMR are actively promoting the history of the building as well as cultural activities in Ronda, and each month until December will see a photo chosen and the photographer win 200€ until the grand final at the end of the year when a 400€ prize will be awarded. All photos will also be used by the RMR in a poster to promote the Plaza de Toros.
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