Bullfighting in Granada,Spain

When people talk about Granada they usually mention the tapa bars and the famous Alhambra. At least, those were the aspects I heard about the most before actually arriving in Granada. So imagine my surprise when , during the first day of classes, talk turned to the upcoming bullfight. With tickets priced at a measly €5, there was no reason not to tag along.

Plaza de Toros

Entrance to Plaza de Toros

Entrance to Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros is the massive arena where the actual bullfighting happens. We climbed until we had a decent view of the sandy playing field below (which we would later regret).

Inside Plaza  de Toros

Inside Plaza de Toros

The festivities started with a ceremonial dance, complete with white horses doing some fancy bending moves.  Next, the matadors appeared, decked out in vibrant and glittery costumes with matching shoes. They too did a little performance, stopping to bow, wave, and accept flowers and handkerchiefs from their fans.

Open Ceremony  at Bull Fight

Open Ceremony at Bull Fight

Open Ceremony  at Bull Fight

Open Ceremony at Bull Fight

The first bull was led in to applause and soon it was charging at the matadors left and right. After a few near misses, an assortment of knives and swords were brought out and then, something I honestly wasn’t expecting happened.

The Bull and Matador Face Off

The Bull and Matador Face Off

Bull Charging

Bull Charging

Fancy Bullfighting Tricks

Fancy Bullfighting Tricks

Well, That’s Not What I Expected

Let me start out by saying that before that day, I didn’t know they actually killed the bulls. Stupid, I know.  I thought that it would be like the alligator wrestling that’s showcased on Animal Planet every now and then. A few minutes of rough housing and dangling limbs in front of the animal’s most dangerous parts and then it’s set free and allowed to sulk back to where it came from. Not really the case in this situation. It was pretty gory so I’ll spare you all the details.  When the bulls actually bit the dust, the crowd responded with a chorus of “Ole!”. It reminded me of high school Spanish classes when we would play bingo and yell out “Ole!” when we had a match.This, however, was a very different circumstance.

When I told my señora how I felt about the experience that night, she pretty much said  to man up. It was a part of the cultura.  Plus,she also revealed that the meat from the bulls is donated to homeless shelters and other organizations that feed those who wouldn’t have a meal otherwise. Even so, bullfighting is still a controversial topic in Spain and that’s partly why the activity is becoming less popular.

Bottom line, it was a part of Spanish culture. The whole point of moving to Spain was to see and experience the unfamiliar,even the parts that I didn’t find particularly  fun or entertaining. Because of that, I don’t regret going. In fact, I’m happy I did. Will I be lining up to buy tickets to a bullfight the next time I’m in Spain?

Probably not.

5 thoughts on “Bullfighting in Granada,Spain

  1. When I went to a bullfight in Madrid my experience was very similar, it can be a bit hard to soak in, but an experience I also appreciate in the end. I’m glad to know that at least the meat is donated in the end!

  2. True and that’s the whole reason for me to travel- to see how things are elsewhere so I can’t knock anything just because I’m not used it or find it uncomfortable. And it’s hard to completely write off bullfighting it’s helping otherwise helpless people. Thanks for reading and responding!

    • Thank you so much! I’m very surprised and beyond gracious. I finally have an award to decorate my blog with! I take the nominating duties very seriously so I’m going to wait until Saturday , when I’ll really have time to sit down and do it properly, to make the post. Just wanted to show thanks for this award. I’m so eager to pass it on!

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