Below is a list of major bullfights in Spain that are likely to take place in 2014.
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 2014
- Some of the smaller Seville bullfighting events. For the full list, see Bullfighting in Seville Schedule 2014
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: Buy Madrid Bullfighting Tickets
In most other circumstances, I recommend heading for the bullring as soon as you arrive in the city to secure your tickets.
Early Season BullfightsIf you're in Spain early in the year, these are your only bullfighting options.
January 25-26, 2014 (TBC) Ajalvir, near Madrid.
February 7-9, 2014 (TBC) Valdemorillo, near Madrid.
Las Fallas & Feria de Magdalena Bullfights, Comunidad de ValenciaLas Fallas sees daily bullfights in Valencia, as well as some the previous week in nearby Castellon.
March 2-9, 2014 (TBC) Castellon de la Plana, Valencia, for the Feria de Magdalena.
March 9-19, 2014 (TBC) Valencia (with horseback bullfights on 17th and 19th)
Easter BullfightsThe main bullfighting season begins around Easter Semana Santa (in Spanish).
April 13, 2014 (TBC) in Jaen and Madrid.
April 18, 2014 (TBC) in Benidorm.
April 19, 2014 (TBC) in Malaga.
April 20, 2014 (TBC) Seville, Marbella, Jaen (near Granada).
Feria de Abril Bullfighting EventsThe Feria de Abril is Seville's chance to let its hair down after Semana Santa. Bullfighting is an integral part of the week's festivities.
May 6-11 2014 (TBC) in Seville.
Other Major Bullfighting Events in Spring
April 20, 2014 (TBC) Marbella Sin Picadores Bullfight
April 27, 2014 (TBC) in Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz and Jerez.
Feria de San Jorge Bullfighting
April 19, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 20, 2014 (TBC) Not a bullfight but a day of 'arte con toros', including bull-jumping and a 'suelta de reses', where bulls are released in the bullring for people to run around in front of (I have no idea why anyone would want to do that). In Zaragoza.
April 22, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 26, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
April 27, 2014 (TBC) in Zaragoza.
Feria de San Isidro BullfightingMadrid's saint day gets a month of bullfights.
May 9, 2014 - June 9, 2014 (TBC) In Madrid.
More Spring Bullfighting Events
May 10, 2014 (TBC) Valencia.
Cordoba Festival Bullfighting EventsCordoba, in Andalusia, has its major festival with bullfighting every day.
May 24-May 31, 2014 (TBC) Cordoba festival bullfights.
More Spring Bullfighting Events
May 29, 2014 (TBC) In Seville. For Corpus Christi.
May 29 - June 1, 2014 (TBC) in Caceres.
San Juan BullfightingJune 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
June 20-23, 28, 2014 (TBC) in Alicante.
San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) BullfightsThe Pamplona Running of the Bulls sees the famous morning bull runs as well as nightly bullfights.
July 5 to July 13, 2014 (TBC) in Pamplona.
More Major Summer Bullfights
July 19-27, 2014 (TBC) Santander.
August 2-3, 2014 (TBC) Feria Taurina in Alicante
August Festival BullfightsMalaga's biggest festival is the Festival de Agosto, with a week of bullfighting.
August 16 - 23, 2014 (TBC). In Malaga.
Basque Country Bullfighting FestivalsThe 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, 2014 (TBC) In San Sebastian for Semana Grande.
August 16-24, 2014 (TBC) In Bilbao for the Corridas Generales.
Other Summer Bullfighting Festivals
August 18-23, 2014 (TBC) in Almeria for the Feria Taurina Virgen del Mar
Corridas Goyescas at the Feria y Fiestas de Pedro Romero 2013
September 5-7, 2014 (TBC) The seventh has the main bullfight. The 6th is a novillada and the 8th has a rejones (horseback) fight.
More Summer Bullfighting Festivals
September 6-19, 2014 (TBC) In Salamanca for the Feria Taurina Virgen de La Vega.
September 13-20, 2014 (TBC) In Logroño for San Mateo. May including a day of bull-jumping in place of a bullfight.
Fiestas del Pilar, Zaragoza
October 5, 7-12, 2013 May include 'arte con toros' (bull art) and 'suelta de reses'.