PAMPLONA BULLFIGHT TICKETS 2017
ENJOY THE BULLFIGHT FROM YOUR SEAT IN THE SHADE
Bullfights in Pamplona during Sanfermines are a spectacle unlike any you’ll see anywhere else in Spain. While the shaded side of the plaza is populated by the aficionados and others interested in the performance on the sand, the sunny side of the plaza is occupied by the peñas, the local social clubs who, in a time-honoured tradition, sing and dance and drink to excess while rarely paying much attention to the bulls. Few emerge from the sunny side with the same colour clothing they came in with.
Most of our clients prefer seats in the shaded section of the Plaza de Toros. Located in sections 1, 2, and 3. Sections 4 and 7 are in the sun for the first part of the bullfight and then shade later on, depending on the time of day. As the sun can be very strong during the bullfights, seats in the shade are highly sought after. Here, you can enjoy the bullfight without any distractions. The aficionados of bullfighting normally have their season ticket seats in these zones.
Punctuality is very important, so make sure you arrive on time by being in your seat by 18:15, well before 18.30. These bullfight aficionados will not appreciate spectators being late as having to move to let you in to your seat is frowned on. Once the bull is in the ring, it is not permitted to allow late-arrivals to take their seats until that bull is killed and taken from the ring. I suggest renting a cushion at €1 each to add to your comfort. They can easily be found at any of the stalls inside the bullring.
WHAT IS A BULLFIGHT (CORRIDA DE TOROS) ?
The Corrida de Toros (the event referred to as a ‘bullfight’ by English speakers) is an important tradition that has evolved over centuries and is deeply embedded in Spanish culture. While the name ‘bullfight’ implies to many visitors that the event is a sport, this is not the case. A bullfight is considered an artistic performance - a unique theatrical spectacle like a play, a ballet or an opera. Coverage of the corrida appears in the culture section of the national press, not the sports pages of the local papers. This is an important distinction – many foreigners viewing their first corrida expect to see what they’ve been conditioned to expect from watching sports: ‘a fair fight’. The reality is that the bull never ‘wins’. It is not intended to. The entire spectacle is a theatrical tragedy where a man uses his superior wits to mould a much more powerful animal to his will, and in doing so creates an emotionally moving, artistic performance.
Each afternoon’s performance typically features 6 bulls and three matadors who perform in rotation. The performance with each bull takes place in three ‘tercios’ or acts. If you are not familiar with the Corrida de Toros, the following summarizes what happens so you may decide if you want to see one when you are visiting Pamplona during the San Fermín Festival.
The afternoon begins with the ‘paseillo’ or ‘little walk’ when all the participants in the day’s bullfight parade into the arena. During this phase, the Alguacilillos arrive on horseback, present themselves to the president’s box & ask symbolically for keys to open the Puerta de Toriles. The bulls are behind that gate. Once the gate is opened and the first bull enters the bullring, the spectacle has started.
In the 1st tercio (called the Suerte de Varas), each of the matadors pass the bull, charging at full strength, with the capote, a large pink and yellow cape. The matador who will face this bull will be watching closely to try to detect the dominant characteristics of the bull (i.e. do they favour one horn or the other?) Soon two picadores enter the ring on horses, armoured for protection from the bull and carrying a sharp lance (the ‘vara’). The bull demonstrates its strength and ferocity when it charges the horse. At this point, the picador attempts to hold back the bull’s charge by placing the vara into the large muscle behind the bull’s shoulders. This has the effect of lowering the bull’s head, allowing the next stage in the corrida.
The 2nd tercio is called la Suerte de Banderillas. Here the banderilleros cite the bull while running in an arc across the sand. At the point where they intersect, thebanderillero leaps over the bulls horns and places two flags (the banderillas.) During this stage, the matador observes important characteristics like how well the bull sees. A well-placed banderilla can also help to correct deficiencies such as a tendency to hook with one horn.
During the last tercio, la Suerte Suprema, the bullfighter uses a muleta, a smaller red cape. He then has to show his mastery in the faena by dominating the bull and establishing an artistic symbiosis between beast and man. The bullfight ends with the moment of truth, where the bull dies by the sword of the matador. If the performance has been exceptional, the crowd may petition the president of the plaza to award one or more of the bull’s ears to the matador as a trophy.
We had a blast the whole time there; coming back for sure in 2011. I just realized you had a friend request in for me… Sorry i didn’t get to it sooner. Lots of photo’s, some on FB already and I’ll send you some more, including video. I’m in a play right now that’s running until next weekend; I'll have more time then.
- Cia for now! David Good
Again thank you for the lovely hospitality and for the great views we had. Here are some pictures i took.
- Avi Nahon
I had such an amazing time at fiesta this year that I am hoping to make it back for the full 9 days in 2011. All your awesome help with my arrangements and for people you introduced me to made it a pretty incredible experience. I’ve got this pic of me running La Curva on my wall as a reminder.
- Craig MacPherson