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Bullfighting Museum

in Ronda Municipality in Málaga Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 24 Jan 2018
Francisco Rivera Ordonez’s Suit of Lights Bulls Heads Trophies Estepona Bullring

The Museo Taurino ‘Antonio Ordonez is dedicated to the bullfighter of that name. He was responsible for building the bullring in Estepona that was subsequently opened by his grandson, another famous bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez.

The most colourful displays are the costumes worn and donated by many bullfighters and the posters announcing forthcoming events. A few years ago these posters would suddenly appear on every flat surface in town a few days before a bullfight.

More macabre displays are the bulls heads mounted on wooden plaques on the walls. These are bulls that performed well in the ring.

The museum is, appropriately, within the bullring itself. This gives you the chance to examine the corridors and gates beneath the seating area surrounding the ring. This is where the bulls were housed prior to a bout. Ropes, pulleys and gates kept them separated from each other and humans and directed them in turn into the ring. The system is very similar to that beneath the Roman theatres then used for lions, gladiators and Christians.

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The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

About the Author

Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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Submitted by Reeta Reinvall on 3 Feb 2017
Hi! I have a group of 15 students aged 13-15 years and 2 teachers who would like to go to the museum in October. Can you tell me what the price for this would be?

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The bullfighting museum in Estepona is free to EU citizens.

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