Alicante - Museo Taurino
kind of trip :
* museum
entrance fee :
* free
opening hours :
* end of June to end of September :
    ° Tuesday to Friday : 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    ° Saturday : 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
* rest of the year :
    ° Tuesday to Friday : 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    ° Saturday : 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
* closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
contact :
* phone : (+34) 965 217 678
address :
* Plaza de España, Alicante
* GPS : 38°21'07.6"N 0°29'05.0"W - decimal 38.352097, -0.484734
distance :
* Torrevieja : 51 km, 45 minutes
* Guardamar : 40 km, 40 minutes
* La Marina : 30 km, 30 minutes
accessibility :
* wheelchairs : there is a stair lift

Museo Taurino
In the distant past, the bull was considered the largest and most dangerous land animal. In many civilizations, it is today a symbol of masculine power and fertility. It is that masculinity that especially the young men want to prove during the bullfights. They show their power over the animal on the basis of a fixed protocol. The bulls are assigned to the toreros by drawing lots. A torero is the person who challenges the bull. Then come the banderillero who injures the bull. The matador enters the ring only in the final phase and will eventually kill the animal. The fight may last a maximum of 20 minutes.
Whether you are an advocate or opponent, bullfighting is still popular in some parts of Spain and is part of Spanish culture and tradition. The Plaza de Toros in Alicante is one of the oldest bull arenas and is still in use. In Spain, the Plazas de Toros are subdivided into three categories, with the category awarded determining the entry price, the minimum weight of the bulls and the quality of the toreros entering the arena. The Plaza de Toros de Alicante falls under the second category which means that the weight of the bulls must be higher than 410 kg.
El Museo Taurino is located in the Plaza de Toros and is free of charge. Through a large hall you enter the actual museum, a beautiful location. The head of the bull "Cidrón" hangs above the entrance door. This bull came from the breeder of Cobaleda and fought in the Monumental de Las Ventas. As a breeder, it is a great honor if one of his bulls is chosen to fight. It is an even greater honor if the bull has also performed well in the arena.
The museum pays homage to the bullfighters of Alicante including Vicente Blau, José María Manzanares, Francisco Antón and Luis Francisco Esplá. In the different niches you will find the photos of the bullfighters and their sleek, shiny packages. The suits of the matadors can be recognized by the golden decorations. The costumes of the banderilleros wear silver decorations. In addition, the museum also has antique posters, swords, flags, red capes (muletas) and stuffed bull heads of the bulls that were killed here.
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