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Bull Fighting in Malaga

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Malaga has a long history of bullfighting and is almost a culture in the region. Excavations have revealed paintings, images of bullfighting on artifacts dating as old as 2000BC.
Although the origin of bull fighting is associated with ancient Rome, bull fighting emerged to its fullest as an art form in the Iberian Peninsula. The Moors from North Africa ruled the Andalusia AD 711. It was these Moors that elevated bull fighting from a mere gory spectacle to an art form depicting courage, strength and bravery. These were performed on feast days, where the Moors perched atop trained horses, confronted the bulls.

Bullfighting underwent many changes as it evolved through the centuries. Today's bullfighting still takes it cue, from the bullfighting period of 1726. It was at this time, that the estoque (rapier) and the muleta used in the last part of the fight were introduced by Francisco Romero of Ronda, Spain.

There are many bullfighting rings in Malaga, where spectators can watch this electric sport. For those who are turned off by the violence of the sport, they can visit the Taurino Bull fighting museum instead, to learn more about the history of the sport.

Along with bullfighting, there are many other attractions in Malaga, for all kinds of travellers.

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