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Málaga has a long and vibrant bullfighting tradition, inviting visitors to discover a noble art with a very long and eventful history. The province’s bullrings stage some of the best bullfights every season, echoing with the legendary deeds of the mythical matadors of the past. Ronda, the cradle of modern bullfighting, is the indisputable point of reference, housing one of the oldest, and most spectacular, bullrings in Spain, and the only August Fair in the province dedicated to a bullfighter, Pedro Romero.

The Royal Cavalry Order of Ronda bullring opened in 1785 to become the temple of bullfighting in Málaga Province. Built in the Neoclassical style, it features stands separated by 136 columns and stylised arches that add beauty to it. Moreover, the Goyaesque Bullfight, an event designated as a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest, has a special charm, attracting no other than Ernest Hemingway.

Beneath the stands, the Ronda bullring houses the Bullfighting Museum, revisiting the history of this Spanish art in a collection of artworks, objects and documents. The two matador dynasties from Ronda, the Romeros and the Ordóñez, are brought to the limelight in the museum. There are counterparts in Málaga City and Antequera, presenting visitors with the deeply-rooted traditions.

History and culture 

Bullfighting has always inspired writers, artists and musicians. Its magic left a mark on Pablo Picasso, who could be seen in La Malagueta quite often when he was a little boy. Paying tribute to the boy who became one of the best-known artists worldwide, the capital of the Costa del Sol hosts a bullfighting event in his name, the Corrida Picassiana, drawing some of the leading matadors.

Featuring a nineteenth-century bullring, Antequera is the third corner of Málaga’s bullfighting triangle. In the summer, it plays host to bullfights and horse carriage driving shows as part of the August Royal Fair. However, the bullring is a major tourist attraction all year round – the place where history and culture meet to inform the character of the land.

Bullfighting travel

Bullfighting is a popular fiesta and a symbol-laden ritual too. It has always aroused interest, as reflected in the many bullrings that can be found in Málaga Province. Those in Cortes de la Frontera, Carratraca, Mijas and Estepona are remarkably old or beautiful.

Visitors coming to the Costa del Sol can attend bullfighting events or visit the world’s only theme park on fighting bulls and Spanish purebred horses in Ronda. In Reservatauro you can see these majestic animals as they go grazing and learn interesting things about bullfighting at the visitor centre.

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