The Bullfights for Fallas
Bullfighting is Spain’s oldest and best loved sport, particularly here in Valencia.
It is also its most controversial national sport.
The dispute between its supporters and opponents has been almost as hard fought and passionate as the fight to the death between matador and bull.
Aficionados will tell you that it is a high art form rather than a sport and represents man’s struggle against nature and his own internal demons. Animal rights activists both in Spain and around the world continue to condemn bullfighting as an anathema in a civilised society but millions of Spaniards see the bullfight as just a great day out.
The Bulls are specially bred from an ancient bloodline to fight. Spain is now the only country in the world to breed this particular species of “toro bravo”.
The final act of the three-part corrida involves a series of intricate daredevil moves and passes by the matador before he makes his final lethal thrust between the bull’s shoulder blades. If the spectators approve of the matador’s performance they wave white handkerchiefs to signal to the fight’s president that he should reward their hero with a trophy – one or both of the bull’s ears and/or its tail.
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Luis Mariscal - Matador, talking to Robert Elms, Bullfighting Aficionado
Plaza De Toros Valencia
Designed by architect Sebastián Monleón the Plaza de Toros first saw use in May 1851. The design is based a Roman theater with a Doric Simple architectural style. The bullring structure is actually a 48-sided circle with the bullring being 52 meters in diameter. It currently seats just over 12,000
Bullfight terms and words
Plaza de Toros - Bullring
The Fighters, the Equipment and the Animals
Corrida - A Bullfighting show
FALLAS 2010 BULLFIGHTS TIMETABLE
07 March Saturday
08 March Sunday
09 March Monday
10 March Tuesday
11 March Wednesday
12 March Thursday
13 March Friday
14 March Saturday
15 March Sunday
16 March Monday
17 March Tuesday
18 March Wednesday
19 March Thursday “Matinée
19 March Thursday