MALAGA, CORDOBA AND JAEN
ITINERARY: Ronda, Priego de Cordoba, Cabra, Pozoblanco, Linares.
In the fortnight of September there are bullfights in Ronda on whose bills every bullfighter dreams of appearing as it is kept for the brightest stars in the bullfighting planet. Only there matador are needed for this rather special bullfight called "goyesca", just as autumn is beginning to show signs very far off; three really artistic bullfighters, worthy emulators of their predecessors from Ronda who bequeathed a "designation of origin" to this lovely town in the hills of Malaga: The Ronda school of bullfighting, as opposed to the Seville school. Bullfighting in the style from Ronda (Pedro Romero, father of tauromachy, Antonio Ordoñez) could be described as the pure classic style -well rounded off, according to "El Gallo", whereas the school of Seville would be called "plateresque" according to the Carrochano, that is classic with adornments.
The opera like scenography of this unique corrida, where the bullfighters are dressed as in Goya's engravings (18th c.), the very careful choice of bullfighters for the bill and the strain of bulls, the pilgrimage of aficionados from all over Spain and th attention of the bullfighting season. Poetic, literary and emblematic, this bullfight cannot compared with any other held in Spanish arenas. Also in September, Priego de Córdoba with a spirited and expectant public, holds its fair from 1st to 15th. Cabra, likewise in the province celebrates its fair from 3rd to 8th.
The public of Pozoblanco in the province of Cordova is predisposes in favour of the bullfighter right from the start. There is real enjoyment. It is here that Francisco Rivera "Paquirri" from Cadiz was gored in 1984 and before dying, he had the coldness to say to the doctor who was going to operate: "be calm doctor, don't worry". The last bullfighs in September are held in Linares, being the provice of Jaen's principal fair and an important one in Spain as a whole. Aficionados from Madrid, Seville and Cordova meet there no doubt owing to the category of the bullfighters billed for the four corridas, as well as to its location approximately half way between Madrid and Seville. It was here that on September 28, 1947 Manolete died after being gored by "Islero", bred by Miura, when he was going in to kill.