“La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas” was built in 1929 and was inaugurated in 1931. It is the most important bullring in the World, a temple for real ‘aficionados’ who know how to appreciate a good bullfight, who relate to the fierceness within the ‘matador’ and who wait in anticipation for the bullfight to progress according to tradition.
This bullring was designed by an architect called Espeliú. Its style is Mozarabic with pottery incrustations. It has a seating capacity for 25.000 spectators. The seats are situated in 10 “tendidos”. The price of the seats depend upon how close they are to the “arena” and whether they are in the sun or the shade (the latter being more expensive). The bullfighting season starts in March and ends in October, and are celebrated everyday during the San Isidro Fiesta, and every Sunday or holiday during the season. Bullfights start at 6 or 7pm and last for two to three hours.
“La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas” is located in the east of Madrid city centre.
It is recommended to use the taxi (around 10 or 15 euros from any hotel in the city center), or the subway (Las Ventas station).
La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is divided in a ring or “arena”, and a group of dependances called “patios”. Its architecture is mozarabic, with pottery incrustations with the shields of the different Spanish provinces on them. The “arena” has a diameter of 60m. The seating capacity is divided in 10 “tendidos” (group of 27 rows around the “arena”), some of them in the shade and the rest in the sun. The prices of the tickets are more expensive in the shade and in the rows which are nearer to the “arena” or crowned by bleachers, gradins, boxes and covered grandstands.
In “Las Ventas” you can also find a small hospital and the chapel. The chapel has two operating rooms, the doctor´s office and a waiting room. In a Mexican style, it was built by the architect Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, which has a painting of “La Virgen de la Paloma” in the altar.
This is a basic guide about how to buy tickets for bullfighting, after our 50 year experience. These are the Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
1. Wich is the best way to book my tickets for a bullfight?
The best way is booking the tickets with us, some weeks or some months before the fight. The tickets will be waiting for you at Teyci´s office the same day of the bullfight, from 11:00 AM till the beginning of the fight.
2. Can I print the tickets?
No, our tickets are already printed and can´t be printed by you.
3. Can I get my tickets delivered to my Hotel?
Yes, when filling up the form, you must select Office Pick Up or hotel delivery.
4. Are my tickets together?
All tickets are numerated, there are assigned seats. All tickets booking in the same order line are always together. If you can select, for exemple, 20 tickets in a single line, the 20 tickets will be together. If you book 20 tickets separatelly, they can be together or not.
5. What do “Sombra”, “Sol”, “Sol/Sombra” and Tendido mean?
Sombra means Shade, Sol means Sunny Section, Sol/Sombra is a little part of the bullring, half in Sun, half in Shade. Tendido is the name of the most suitable rows (depending on the bullring, from Row 1 to Row 10 or 20 or more).
6. Most of the fights start at 19:00 PM. Should I book tickets in the sunny section?
The sun has been heating the tendidos for the whole day. From May to August, you can be in the sunny section at 40º or more. For children or aged people, booking tickets in the shade (sombra) is highly recommended.
7. Are there VIP tickets?
Yes, they are called Barreras (Front Row), Contrabarreras (Second Front Row), and Delanteras Bajas (Third Front Row). Please don´t consider tickets in the Sol as VIP tickets. They are not.
8. When does the season begin in Spain?
The season begins in mid-March and ends in mid-October.
9.What time do the bullfights begin?
The start of a bullfight is determined by the hours of sunlight, and is confirmed by the Plaza some weeks before each festivity. Normally, bullfights begin at 17:00 in March, gradually starting later, up until 19:00 in summer, and commencing around 17:30 in the autumn.
10. What is a “novillada” or “corrida de novillos”?
A novillada or corrida de novillos is a training fight, a bullfight between young bulls and matadors who have not yet become fully qualified. The prices are approximately half of those for the normal bullfights. In Madrid they still arouse a lot of excitement. If you arenot familiar with bullfighting, you willnot see the difference.
11. Can children attend the bullfight?
Yes, so long as they are accompanied by adults. There are no special prices for children.
12. How long does a bullfight last?
A bullfight can last from one and a half to two and a half hours (1 ½ – 2 ½ hours).
13. What happens if it rains?
The bullfight can still take place if it rains. Only in the case of hard, persistent rain would it be cancelled. If it is suspended before the beginning of that day’s bullfight, customers will always receive a refund of the ticket price at the respective location, done by submitting the tickets directly at the bullring. If they suspend the bullfight after it has already started (even if only one bull has been fought), there is no possibility of a refund. Less than a 1% of the bullfights are suspended because of the rain.
14. Can I enter after the bullfight has already started?
Yes, but only during the intervals between bulls.
15. Can I take photos?
Yes, there are no limitations on photography.
16. How much in advance should tickets be purchased?
The further in advance you buy your tickets, the greater the possibility for choosing the best seats.
Our office is located in Villafranca 4, 150 meters away from the bullring.
Tickets are to be picked up the same day of the bullfight from 12:00 till 45 minutes after the starting time
During San Isidro Festival our office is open every day from 12.00 till 19:45.