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Spain More Than Beaches And Fiesta

Mar 11, 2008
To many people Spain suggests sun, beaches, oranges, football and Flamenco dancing. However, with all the art, architecture and rich history, many Spaniards would probably argue that the variety of Spanish cities and villages does offer a great deal more.

Bull Fighting

Although the custom of bull fighting does attract a great deal of controversy, it should be noted that this is a part of Spanish tradition, culture and heritage. It is estimated that approximately one million people watch bull fights in Spain every year. Bull rings are located all around the country, the major ones being placed in Madrid, Seville and Ronda. It is interesting to note that "Las Ventas" in Madrid can accommodate 25,000 spectators and is considered to be the most significant bull ring in the world. This building was created in 1929 and the first bull fight apparently took place there in 1931. 'La Maestranza" bull ring, with room for 12,500 spectators, is situated in Seville and this location is believed to draw the attention of Spain's best bull fighters. The bull ring located in Ronda dates back to 1785 and has entertained many, while hosting bull fighting events for over two hundred years.

For those interested, tickets for bull fights may be obtained from the box office at the stadium itself. Tickets can also be arranged by the concierge of many of the top hotels. It is also possible to make reservations online, although there is usually an additional charge. Ticket prices are varied according to the event itself and to the location of the selected seat. It should perhaps be pointed out that the 'seats' refer to space on cement rows, but cushions may be rented inside the bull ring itself. Before purchasing tickets, it is worthwhile noting that the cheapest seats are named 'filas' and these positions offer the worst possible view and are situated in the sun. The best seats are located in the shade (sombra) and this should be taken into consideration by visitors as it can be extremely hot.

Although certainly not a sport for the faint hearted, many tourists enjoy a visit to the bull ring in order to experience this fascinating element of Spanish history and culture. Considered barbaric by some, this form of sport is a part of Spain's history and identity. Bull fighting is an important element of the Spanish fiesta.

For tourists to Spain who are looking for a pursuit to get a feel of the land this could be it. As bull fights may be attended in several different locations all around the country, the choice of destination within Spain remains with the traveler. Places of accommodation are easy to find as there is such a wide choice available. The range of varied types of vacation rooms available presents the tourist with a different dilemma as it is necessary to choose between hotel accommodation, guest houses or rented vacation homes, such as apartments or villas. This however, is not a problem it is just a challenge, as the many delights of Spain await the future traveler.
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