Bullfighting is the most traditional of Spanish Fiestas. For Spain the bullfight is a tradition that the country recognizes on a national level. Bullfighting is an integral part of the Spanish culture and, having survived centuries of controversy it thrives in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Panama, Guatemala, Venezuela, Japan and even the United States where this unique art is practiced in California and other Western states. Nowadays the international interest in bullfighting has quickened. For this reason, there appear more and more bullfighting web sites in the World Wide Web. Although most of the sites on bullfighting are in Spanish language, you may find several sites in English, French, German and other languages. These sites contain general information on bullfighting history, news, bullrings, terms, bullfighting concepts, famous toreros and bulls, etc. Some of them offer a ticketing service, others advertise for sale photos, videos and DVD of bullfighting. Keep in mind that most bullfighting web sites include links to numerous other sources.
Bullfighting Web Sites and the Spanish Culture: Positive Viewpoint
One of the best readable and most informative bullfighting web sites in English is Mundo Taurino http://mundo-taurino.org/ This is an annotated catalogue of net-based information about bullfighting - toros, matadors, plazas, corridas, carteles, opinion, and more. There you may find a good directory of bullfighting sources links.
For those interested in bullfighting, bullfighters and bullrings and associated subjects, there is the Andalucia web site. http://www.andalucia.com/bullfight/home.htm. Look here for information on bullfighting history, bullfighting terms, costumes, and bullrings in Andalucia, Spain.
Need to understand bullfighting? The next site describes the ins and outs of one of Spain's oldest traditions. It covers the bull, the stadium, and the three parts of the bullfight. Very readable. http://www.webmadrid.com/ocio/toros/en-entiende.asp
Is bullfighting a sport or an art? Need to book tickets to corrida? Check the Tauromaquia web site: http://coloquio.com/toros/intro.html Tauromaquia is the Greek word for Bullfighting, which came to the Spanish language through Latin, the language of Rome and the Roman Empire. This web site provides a history of bullfighting, bullfighting terms, and an excellent FAQ on the "fiesta" by Tim Hardman. General information about bullfighting including essays, books and works of art. Also provides related links. They are a company based in Madrid who offer a ticketing service for most of Spain's bullrings. The company is officially licensed by the bullfighting authorities for bullfighting tickets sale and makes a fixed commission of just 14 Euros per ticket. At such a tiny mark up there is little point going through the hassle of looking for tickets once you arrive in Spain.
Want to look through the bullfighting photos? Go to the Bullfight Ringside Photos web site: http://www.quovadimus.org/spain99/toro Witness a bullfight from ringside, including the events back stage, from this photo gallery.
Good brief descriptions of the origins and history of bullfighting, bullfighting events plus bullfighting terms may be found on the following links: http://www.idealspain.com/Pages/Information/Bullfighting.htm , Corrida de Toros: http://www.red2000.com/spain/toros/ and http://www.mexicofile.com/bullfightinghistory.htm
If you are interested in the world famous matadors' biographies - welcome to http://www.geocities.com/matador1920 . This site is dedicated to the memory of some of the great bullfighting matadors of the past, including Joselito, Juan Belmonte, Manolete, El Cordobes and Romero.
Bullfighting is certainly one of the best known, although the most polemical Spanish popular customs at the same time. So, have a look at the Web Sites Against Bullfighting.
The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) web site provides information against bullfighting. Topics discussed include commercialism, mutilation, horses as victims, and more. http://www.peta.org/mc/facts/fsent6.html - Bullfighting: a Tradition of Tragedy.
Another internet source against bullfighting is:
This site covers the same information as PETA. The graphics add an extra punch to the tragedy of bullfighting Bullfighting: A Tradition of Tragedy