PLACA DE TOROS DE ALCÚDIA
Visit the old bullring in Alcúdia’s old town
As strange as it may seem to a modern individual, the practice of bullfighting actually origins back to the 13th century BC. Bullfighting, was a religious sacrifice, because the bull was a synonym of fertility and power. Moreover, the bull was a highly worshiped animal especially during the Bronze Ages on the Balearic islands.
Great examples of worship of bulls can be found in Palma and Costitx. In Palma, the ‘Es Velar de Talapí’, a bronze sculpture is found in the Museum of Mallorca. In Costitx, replicas of 3 bronze bullheads are displayed in the municipality museum. The 3 original bullheads, was found at the prehistoric sanctuary of Son Corró that you can visit just outside Costitx village. The original bullheads, are kept in the national museum in Madrid because of their value.
This bullring was originally a bastion in the massive town wall that enclosed the town.
Throughout times, several well-known bullfighters have visited the bullring here in Alcúdia, among these was Palomo Linares, Manuel Díaz “El Cordobés” and Dávila Miura.
Today, the bullring is only in use during special celebrations in Alcúdia, particularly on July 25 and August 15.