Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

The stadium wasn't full for the bullfight, but that doesn't mean people weren't enthusiastic about the festivities.

The picador ready to challenge the bull

This is beginning of the first period, also known as the tercio de varas ("the lancing third"). The picador (horseman) stabs the bull in the back of the neck with his lance.

Bull goring the picador's horse

This is exactly why the horse is blindfolded. In the past, horses were not as protected by padding, and there would often be more horses killed than bulls.

Matador with his muleta

A very skilled matador avoiding the horns of a large bull

Tercio de Banderillas bullfight third

During the second "third" of traditional bullfighting, these flags are planted onto the back of the bull.

Bullfight at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

The matador taunting the bull from a safe distance.

A bloody bull vs. the Matador

The matador tempting the very bloody bull.

The matador ready to kill the bull

The matador getting ready to deal a lethal blow to the tired bull.

Plaza de Toros, Madrid

People leaving after a couple of rounds of bullfighting.

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

The facade of the Plaza de Toros in Las Ventas, Madrid.