Lonely Planet Writer

Future of bullfighting in Spain called into question

Bullfighting in Madrid.
Bullfighting in Madrid. Image by George Groutas / CC BY 2.0

One of Spain’s most controversial traditions is under threat following a wave of local elections that have propelled left-wing parties into power across the country. Alicante is considering a referendum on whether bullfighting should continue there, Madrid has cut funding to the practice, Palma on the Balearic island of Mallorca is in discussions to ban it and even the new mayor of Pamplona – the town that hosts the infamous San Fermin ‘running of the bulls’ fiesta – has called into question the future of bull-running in the town. Swimming against the tide, however, the recently elected council in San Sebastian – not far from Pamplona – has just reintroduced bullfighting after a three-year ban instigated by its left-wing predecessors. Read more: telegraph.co.uk