There is a dynasty of bullfighters attached to the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, the famous bullfighting stadium in Ronda, Spain. Built in the 18th century, this illustrious stadium is built partly with Arabic tiles and has seating for 5,000 spectators. Most of all, Ronda connects Spain to its roots and to its years of tradition– Ronda shows Spain that bullfighting is still alive and well.Related: Spain On A Budget: 10 Money-Saving Travel Tips

Can You Make Ronda A Day Trip?

To be perfectly honest, Ronda is a little out of the way when it comes to travel in Spain. The closest main city to Ronda is Málaga, and Sevilla is about two hours away by bus. In fact, the fastest way to get from Sevilla to Ronda is a bus which costs about 10-15 Euro each way.

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Ronda is down in the south of the country near Gibraltar. However, if you happen to be staying in either Málaga or Sevilla, you could easily make a trip to Ronda to see a bullfight a day trip. A two-hour and 30-minute trip costs around 20-25 Euros. If you are debating this being part of your plans, let's first discuss why you should make the trip.

Is Ronda Worth The Trip?

There are plenty of places to see a bullfighting show in Spain, so you may be asking yourself: why would I plan a trip all the way to Ronda? Not only is Ronda the birthplace of bullfighting, but Ronda is debatably the most beautiful Pueblo Blanco (white village) in southern Spain. This is where the “stunning views” comes in. The bright white houses and shops sit atop the rolling hills of Ronda, resting on cliffs and joined together like a white spec on the landscape.

To answer the question we are all dying to know, Ronda is most certainly worth the trip. Not only for bullfighting but for the small city itself. But to get back to the bullfighting, Ronda is debatably the best place to see bullfighting in all of Spain. Its heritage is unmatched, and it's a great place to visit to get the whole Spain experience.

The Bullfighting Experience

The bullfight starts with a paseillo, where the three bullfighters take a stroll around the ring and gets the crowd pumped up. Next, they release two bulls from the gates. During the first part, the bullfighters lead the bulls with a capote or a big cape with a pink and a yellow side. The picadores start picking the bull with their long lances.

Now that the cord is jeering and ready to go, the next part commences. Three banderilleros stick two darts into the bull, who runs around the ring in pain. The bullfighter then uses a muleta, or a red piece of cloth hanging from a stick for the suerte suprema, or what is called the ultimate fate. Now, the torero must attack the bull and use one final blow with a sword to kill it. The crowd goes wild, and people laugh and yell, egging the terero on to finish the job.

Other Sights To See In Ronda

Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest towns, and there is a lot more than bullfighting to do there if you're planning a day trip. The Puento Nuevo, or new bridge, divides the Moorish ‘old town’ side with the 15th century ‘new town’. The bridge is a classic sight to see in Ronda and can be found on most postcards that you can send back home. The Puento Nuevo most certainly qualifies as a ‘stunning view.’

From the Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora square, you can climb down and reach the bottom of El Tajo gorge. There are many viewpoints on this walk, including an old waterfall and another view of the Puento Nuevo. The best way to see Ronda is on foot, walking around and exploring the sites and taking in the atmosphere of old Spain.

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It’s A Bucketlist Experience, But Is It Ethical?

All in all, there’s quite a divided view on bullfighting. Though viewing a bullfight in Ronda is a must-see bucket list experience, going to the show doesn’t necessarily mean that you agree with the concept of bullfighting. Animal rights activists have increasingly been speaking out about the negative side of bullfighting and how although it's all fun and games for humans, we are all in agreement that it is no fun for the bulls.

Nevertheless, Ronda is definitely a place to stop on your trek through Spain. Full of history and magic, Ronda is one of the stops you should make. Plus, seeing a bullfight in Ronda is an experience that you will not soon forget.