Bilbao and its bullfighting tradition

The bullfighting tradition in Bilbao has over 100 years of history. Since 1845, Bilbao has had permanent bullrings and it is one of the most traditional bullfighting cities. One need only visit the Bullfighting Museum to realize that for all these years, Bilbao has liked bullfighting.

It is true that now, more than ever, the bullfighting continues to arouse passions and hatreds, but I’m not going to talk about it. What I share with you today is my visit the other day to the BullfightingMuseum at the “Vista Alegre” bullring in Bilbao, located near the Zabalburu square.

I have to admit that the world of bullfighting, as well as everything that surrounds the show, appeals to me. But at the same time, I must say that for over 30 years, I have not seen a bullfight.

I grew up watching bullfights, live and on television, and it seemed normal. My father and grandfather were fans and taught me to love and respect the art of bullfighting. Over time, I realized that I hate to see the suffering of the animal. Today, I no longer go to the bullfights. I would not kill a fly!, but I like the color of the show, the costumes, the music. Perhaps, it may be reminiscent of my childhood.

In my visit the other day to the museum, I saw a nice exhibition with mementos from 250 years of bullfighting history. The museum has a permanent exhibition showing the evolution of bullfighting in Bilbao, costumes, capes, photos of celebrities such as Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, bull heads, banners, etc. Even more interesting is a whole stuffed bull that makes an impression on all the visitors. However, the highlight is a magnificent embroidered cape by famous painter Goya.

From the BullfightingMuseum you can also visit the bullring. It is a modern looking structure from outside, but in the ring, all is tradition. Moreover, it is one of the most recognizable bullrings in Spain because of the sand color. Unlike in most bullrings, where the ring has a sandy color, here it is grey. The bull pens, the bullfighters’ quarters, the chapel, etc are also nice areas that can be visited.

Whether you are a fan or not, it is definitely worth a visit if you are in Bilbao, especially if you want to learn more about the world of bullfighting, but do not want to go through the experience of watching a bullfight.

Here I leave some pictures of the visit.  I hope you like them.

I really enjoyed the other day!

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