Ronda‘s bullring is over 200 years old and is one of the oldest in Spain. The fighting area is 66m in diameter and is apparently the largest in the world, although the stadium itself only holds 5,000 spectators which isn’t actually that big.
It’s a very pretty bullring, not that I’ve been to any others so have nothing to compare it against, but the soft sandstone colours and the ring of arches and pillars are particularly attractive. It’s also a fascinating place to wander around, especially some of the “behind the scenes” areas and the very interesting bullfighting museum.
Of course this is all tempered somewhat by the fact that its main purpose is to host a blood sport for the “entertainment” of others. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t watch a bullfight (if you excuse the double negative) as I do feel that you should experience these things for yourself before passing judgement. However, I’m fairly sure that it would take a lot to convince me otherwise that this wasn’t a cruel and totally unnecessary activity in this day and age.
© Mark Simms Photography (2013)