Below is a list of major bullfights in Spain that are likely to take place in 2015.
Bullrings are notoriously slow in announcing their bullfighting schedule. Below are the events that took place last year. One can normally assume that a major event will run every year. However, major bullfighting festivals have been known to be canceled so don't plan your entire trip around a visit to a bullring unless you have confirmation from the bullring itself that the fight will go ahead.
This list is not exhaustive. I have concentrated on the major bullfighting events in Spain's biggest cities. Missing from this list are:
- Smaller bullfights in cities of little touristic interest.
- Regular Sunday bullfights and other smaller Madrid bullfighting events. For the full list of Madrid bullfights, see Madrid Bullfighting Schedule 2015
- Some of the smaller Seville bullfighting events. For the full list, see Bullfighting in Seville Schedule 2015
Buying Bullfighting Tickets
Most bullrings don't have a very good web presence. Tickets are usually not computerised so buying them online can be difficult, often relying on a broker who physically goes out and buys your tickets for you. The easiest place to buy bullfighting tickets in advance is for events Madrid. Most Madrid bullfighting tickets are available here:
In most other circumstances, I recommend heading for the bullring as soon as you arrive in the city to secure your tickets.
Early Season Bullfights
If you're in Spain early in the year, these are your only bullfighting options.
January 24-25, 2015 (TBC) Ajalvir, near Madrid.
February 6-8, 2015 (TBC) Valdemorillo, near Madrid.
Las Fallas & Feria de Magdalena Bullfights, Comunidad de Valencia
Las Fallas sees daily bullfights in Valencia, as well as some the previous week in nearby Castellon.
The main bullfighting season begins around Easter Semana Santa (in Spanish).
March 29, 2015 in Madrid and Alicante.
April 4, 2015 in Malaga.
April 5, 2015 in Seville.
Feria de Abril Bullfighting Events
April 12, 2015 in Seville
April 15-25, 2015 in Seville
Feria de San Jorge Bullfighting
April 23-26, 2015 in Zaragoza.
Feria de San Isidro Bullfighting
Madrid's saint day gets a month of bullfights.
May 5, 2015 - June 5, 2015 (TBC) In Madrid. Dates approximate.
Cordoba Festival Bullfighting Events
Cordoba, in Andalusia, has its major festival with bullfighting every day.
May 24-May 31, 2015 Cordoba festival bullfights.
San Juan Bullfighting
June in Alicante is dominated by the San Juan festival. There are bullfights at several times during the month. See more about the San Juan Festival
San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) Bullfights
The Pamplona Running of the Bulls sees the famous morning bull runs as well as nightly bullfights.
July 5 to July 13, 2015 in Pamplona.
August Festival Bullfights
Malaga's biggest festival is the Festival de Agosto, with a week of bullfighting.
August 15 - 22, 2015 (TBC). In Malaga. Dates approximate.
Basque Country Bullfighting Festivals
The biggest event in the Basque Country is Semana Grande, or 'Big Week'. You have two weeks of bullfighting around this time in the twin cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian.
August 10-16, 2015 (TBC) In San Sebastian for Semana Grande. Dates approximate.
August 15-23, 2015 (TBC) In Bilbao for the Corridas Generales. Dates approximate.
Other Summer Bullfighting Festivals
August 24-29, 2015 (TBC) in Almeria for the Feria Taurina Virgen del Mar Dates approximate.
Corridas Goyescas at the Feria y Fiestas de Pedro Romero
September 5-7, 2015 (TBC) Bullfighting in Ronda. Dates approx.
More Summer Bullfighting Festivals
September 6, 2015 Utrera bullfighting festival.
September 6-19, 2015 (TBC) In Salamanca for the Feria Taurina Virgen de La Vega.
September 13-20, 2015 (TBC) In Logroño for San Mateo. May including a day of bull-jumping in place of a bullfight.
Fiestas del Pilar
October 5, 7-12, 2015 in Zaragoza. Approximate dates.