After a long campaign, bullfighting in Barcelona and the surrounding region of Catalonia has been banned. Though a law was passed in 2013 to ensure the return of bullfighting to Barcelona and Catalonia, they'll be fighting that one in the courts for years. In the meantime, where can you see bullfighting near Barcelona?
But, you know, you don't need to see bullfighting. We have 100 Things to Do in Barcelona and none of them involve killing bulls.
Non-Violent Bullfighting Traditions In and Around Catalonia
If the tradition of bullfighting fascinates you but you are squeamish about the unnecessary killing of bulls, then one of these non-violent alternatives might appeal to you:
- Recortadores These are the famous bull-jumpers who perform acrobatics over the bulls.
- Arte con Toros is similar to recortadores. There is a 'troupe' that does displays at events in Zaragoza (see below).
Bullfighting Venues Near Barcelona
The nearest bullfighting venues to Barcelona are (in order of proximity):
- Castellon de le Plana
Note that most bullfights take place in the evenings, so visiting these places as a day trip from Barcelona is difficult, but possible. For a day trip, I would recommend Zaragoza or Castellon. The others are a little further and also warrant a longer trip.
Bullfighting Festivals Near Barcelona
In addition to the bullfighting festivals listed below, a day trip from Barcelona to Madrid for one of the regular Sunday bullfights in the capital is just about possible. Note that the last high-speed AVE train to leave Madrid for Barcelona leaves at around 9.30pm, though there is a slightly later (and cheaper) night train back. Read more about Barcelona to Madrid.
March 3-10, 2014 (TBC) Castellon de la Plana, Valencia.
March 9-19, 2014 (TBC) Valencia (with horseback bullfights on 17th and 19th)
April 19, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 20, 2014 (TBC) Not a bullfight but a day of 'arte con toros', including bull-jumping ('suelta de reses'). In Zaragoza.
April 22, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 26, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 27, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
July 5 to July 13, 2014 (TBC) in Pamplona for the Pamplona Running of the Bulls
August 10-16, 2014 (TBC) In San Sebastian for Semana Grande.
August 16-24, 2014 (TBC) In Bilbao for the Corridas Generales.
September 13-20, 2014 (TBC) In Logroño for San Mateo.
October 5, 7-12, 2014 (TBC) May include 'arte con toros' (bull art) and bull-jumping ('suelta de reses').
Disclaimer: This assistance in helping you find bullfighting is provided for information purposes. This does not constitute support for bullfighting, so please don't throw eggs at me on Twitter. If you are against bullfighting and feel demonstrating against the few hundred bulls killed each week in Spain is worse than the millions slaughtered painfully in abattoirs every day, then feel free to use the information on this page to help you organize a demonstration.