Bullring of Malaga, La Malagueta

Bullring in Malaga

The bullring of Malaga is called “La Malagueta”, and is a bullring with almost 150 years of history, which is extolled as one of the most emblematic in Spain, through which have passed the most important bullfighters and cattle ranches, which have provided countless afternoons to remember.

Located in the heart of the city, the bullring of La Malagueta is first class, and is characterised by its neo-Mudéjar style, in the shape of a hexadecagon, with a capacity for 9,032 people, and it is common for the bullring to hang the “no tickets” sign.

A city with a great bullfighting tradition, bullfights in Malaga take place at different times throughout the year, such as on the Saturday of Glory when the Picassina bullfight is held, and during the Malaga Fair in August. In total there are more than five bullfights a year which attract more than 50,000 spectators each year.

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La Malagueta

History of the bullring in Malaga

The bullring of Malaga was built in 1874 and designed by the architect Joaquín Rucoba. It is a bullring in a clear neo-Mudejar style with a unique hexadecagon shape, with a bullring of 52 metres in diameter and facilities that include 4 corrals, 10 stalls, stables, a corraleta for the testing of horses, a bullfighters’ room and an infirmary.

La Malagueta bullring was inaugurated on 11 June 1876 with a historic bullfight by the bullfighters Rafael Molina “Lagartijo”, Antonio Carmona y Luque “El Gordito”, and Manuel Rodríguez “Desperdicios”, who fought bulls from the Murube bull-ranch.

The bullring was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976, coinciding with the centenary of its inauguration, and a Site of Cultural Interest in 1981.

Recently, in 2017 the Malaga bullring underwent a major refurbishment that kept it closed to the public for two years, which was characterised by the recovery of the original brick façade and its exterior decorative elements, being reopened in 2019, when it was 145 years since its first inauguration.

The Antonio Ordoñez Bullfighting Museum is located inside the bullring, where you can take a journey through the more than 100 years of history of the bullring through impressive bullfighting costumes, beautiful capes, photographs, sculptures related to the art of bullfighting or historical bullfighting posters in Malaga.

The visiting hours of the Museum of the bullring of La Malagueta in Malaga are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00 hours.

How to get to La Malagueta bullring?

The bullring of Malaga is located next to the Paseo de Reding, in the neighbourhood of La Malagueta, hence its name, in the eastern district of the city, very close to the centre and perfectly communicated.

In our experience, the best way to get to La Malagueta is by public transport, as this way you won’t have to worry about parking. You can take bus lines 1, 14, 3 or 34, or the metro line L1, whose stops are very close to the square.

Who manages the bullring in Malaga?

Although it belongs to the Provincial Council of Malaga, the company Lances del Futuro is in charge of the management of the bullring of La Malagueta, which is one of the most important companies in the sector, responsible for managing some of the most emblematic and prestigious bullrings in the country such as those of Cordoba, Santander, Moron, Almeria or Torrejón.

When is the Bullfighting Fair in Malaga?

The Malaga Bullfighting Fair has been held annually in the month of August since 19 August 1941, bringing together the leading figures of bullfighting, making the Malaga bullring an unmissable place for lovers of bullfighting.

Known as the Feria de Agosto, tradition has it that you should go to the fair during the day, which is celebrated in the streets of the city centre, which are dressed up with lanterns and floral decorations, continue to the bullfight in La Malagueta, and finish in the Royal Fairgrounds, which has more than 200 stalls, fairground stands and mechanical attractions for the amusement of all audiences.

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Considered one of the most important bullrings not only in Spain, but in the world, buying tickets for the bullring in Malaga can be complicated, because given the great bullfighting tradition of the city, it is common to hang the sign “no tickets”, forcing to buy in advance and having to make long queues.

Aware of this, in Servitoro we give you the opportunity to buy tickets for bullfighting in Malaga online and in advance, from the comfort of your home, without having to travel, and thus ensure your presence in a bullring that will allow you to live a unique experience, and that every lover of bullfighting should visit sometime.


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Get your tickets now for Malaga online or calling +34 96 330 85 93 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Before going to the bullring

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Official tickets

Tickets are subject to various security measures. Do not buy your ticket from an unofficial point of sale; it is possible that it may be false or contain alterations, and will not be valid for all purposes.

Access to the bullring

The bullring opens 1 hour before the start of the show. Please arrive well in advance of the start time of the bullfight to avoid crowds and to make it easier for you to find your seat.

Tickets in PDF format

We remind you that to access the bullring in Malaga you have to print the paper bullfighting tickets.

Once you have purchased your tickets you will receive an email 4 days before the show with a file containing the tickets in PDF FORMAT. This file must be printed on paper in order to enter the bullring in Seville, the venue may reject tickets not presented on paper, not allowing access.

Ticket returns

Tickets will not be exchanged or refunded, except in the case of cancellation of the Event. in case of cancellation of the Event.

The impossibility of attending an event or show or the commission of an error in the purchase of the ticket/s are not grounds for a refund.

In accordance with current consumer and retail trade regulations, the Buyer may not exercise the right of withdrawal or termination

In case of suspension of the Event after it has started:

For bullfighting events: once the first bull is in the ring, the Buyer is not entitled to a refund of the Ticket Price.

For events in general: once more than half of the event has been half of the event, the purchaser is not entitled to a refund of the Ticket Price.

Bad weather conditions do not entitle to a refund of the ticket or the price.

From what age can children attend bullfights?

Children can enter the bullrings in Spain, as long as they are accompanied by an adult and taking into account the exclusions that each bullring has. Please consult us before making your purchase.

From four (4) years of age, children will pay adult admission prices. Unless the bullring has different access conditions.

It is advisable that the User checks with the bullring the conditions of access for minors and people with reduced mobility.

Todas las entradas son de precio para adulto y Servitoro no se responsabiliza de las entradas compradas por el usuario.

How long does a bullfight last?

A bullfight can last from an hour and a half to two and a half hours. Or longer. Depending on the number of “sobreros” (replacement bulls) in the bullfight. Each bullfight lasts 20 minutes, you can only get in and out of your seat during the breaks between bulls.

What is the difference between a bullfight and a bullfight with young bulls?

The show is the same, the only difference is:

The bulls are younger 3-4 years old, they are lighter in weight than a 5-6 year old bull that weighs up to 500-600kg.

The bullfighters who fight in the bullfights with young bulls, called “novilleros”, are learning to become bullfighters and are younger and less experienced than the bullfighters in the normal bullfights.

I can bring food

According to RD 769/1993, it is forbidden, as with food, to introduce drinks in containers made of metal, glass, ceramic, wood or similar materials. They may be introduced in plastic containers, but without the caps that must be removed before entering the premises.

It is customary in many bullrings after the third bull for the “merienda” (afternoon snack).