This grand Mudéjar-style bullring of red brick, tile, and ornate ironwork is not the largest in the world (that’s in Mexico), but it is arguably the most important. It opened in 1931 and seats 24,000 people. The best bullfighters face the best bulls here—and the fans who pack the stands are among the sport’s most passionate and knowledgeable. (Many other Spaniards can’t stand the sport.) If you would like to try to gain an understanding of the spectacle, it’s worth visiting this storied site. Audioguide tours begin at the ceremonial Grand Portal and include the stands, the ring itself, and the patio where matadors pause with their admirers before entering the chapel to pray before they enter the ring.
Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas
Calle Alcalá, 237
Our Rating Hours July–Aug daily 10am–7pm; Sept–June daily 10am–6pm Transportation Metro: Ventas Phone 91-356-22-00 Prices 10€ adults, 7€ children under 12. Tickets for Sun matches go on sale Fri; box office hours 10am–2pm and 4–7pm, expect to pay 7€–36€ for reasonable seats Web site Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas Other Mar–Oct tours close 4 hr. before corrida