The Ronda bullring was built in 1785 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain. Previously it had been Philip II's centre for horsemanship training (Real Maestranza de caballeria). Bulls were used in this training and when one day an aristocrat fell from his horse one Francisco Romero came to his help by using his hat to distract it.
The hat was replaced by a cape and modern day bullfighting was born. Romero's grandson, Pedro Romero, developed all the passes and moves which to this day are seen at a bullfight. He retired in his eighties after killing more than 5,600 bulls without ever being hurt. Thus Ronda is considered the home of bullfighting.
You can visit the bullring in Ronda which houses a small bullfighting museum. The bullfighting season in Ronda is from April to October though fights are quite infrequent. Check with the tourist office next to the bullring.
By voldude123 @ 2007-05-22 08:36:06