SEVILLE, CORDOBA AND CADIZ
ITINERARY: Seville - Cordoba - Ecija - Jerez - Sanlúcar.
In Spring, the most important fairs in Andalusia are held in Seville, Cordova, Jerez de la Frontera and Sanlúlucar de Barrameda. Each is worth a moment of your attention: so near and yet so different.
The bullring in Seville "La Real Maestranza" measures up to its legend, and perhaps even surpasses it. The April Fair drws the attention of the whole "bullfighting planet". Here the spectacle is in the ring and mong the public where the "aficionado" is very kwnoledgeable, tolerant and in his fashion, when things are not to his liking cruel. There are the hair-raisings "silences"; silences that chastise by their indifference, that wait with scepticism or expectancy and that look inwards.At the start of the season, a resounding triumph at La Maestranza may well place a bullfighter way up among thr best for several years. From June onwards, the "novilladas" - bullfights with young bulls- are held every Sunday: with only a third of capacity and suffocating heat, the flavour is pure in this bullring, authentic, for demanding palates.
When a bullfighter appears in Cordova, very good note should be taken. People from Cordova know it, so that they in their fashion, do not engage useless controversy or arguments either. Lagartijo, El Guerra, Manolete, El Cordobés and now perhaps, Finito. The city of Caliphs,whose bullring-like the one in Seville- is "first class", holds its fair during May while Madrid is celebrating the fair of San Isidro. Aficionados in Cordova are austere, demanding and staunch supporters of their fellow townsmen. A fair triumph in Cordova today is of more than it was fifteen years ago. There's a splendid Bullfighting Museum in Cordova (Plaza Maimonides 5) well worth visiting, and a statue of Manuel Rodriguez (Manolete).
Jerez de la Frontera holds its best bullfights at the end of April and beginning of May. Great Fair. Great Bullring. Very special public, attentive to a style of bullfighting that has a certain special something very artistic and full improvisation. The public, secretly and aristocratically sensitive, overrides the outsider by its independent, demanding and subtle attitude.The place itself, surrounded by the first signs of a countryside where bullfighting is a way of life , exudes an aroma and fragance of bullfighting of the best of kind.Rafael de Paula, the excellent bullfighter from Cadiz, hardly needs a summary.
Also during May, the Manzanilla Fair is held in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This fair's personality is imcomparable, just like the town that is unique and birthplace of a long line of bullfighters, of which Ojeda is the latest. The public is festive, knowledgeable and naturally admires artistic bullfighting where there are no lose ends.
A good bullfight with good bullfighters is held in May at Ecija, half way between Seville and Cordova. Ronda has its bullfights from may 20 to 20.