Firstly - I apologise to anyone who views bullfighting as inhumane. But, on arriving in valencia our tour group finally found a bull fight on the night we were actually in a city. Given the significance of bullfighting in the South of Spain it was something we had to see.
As you can see - huge numbers of people (young and old) turned out on this Wednesday night in late July for the Bullfighting (part of a week long festival in Valencia)
I went with an open mind - and yes after seeing it - it is gory and gruesome - but its also artful and a true performance spectacle .
I was amazed also at how serious the crowd take these events - the group of locals next to us - were yelling criticism of the size of the bulls (being too small) and the inadequacies of the matedors.
Truly a Spanish experience that I wont forget in a hurry!