A bullfight is above all a combat between a man and an animal. The torero observes the bull closely and adapts to its behaviour.

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>A bullfight  is above all a combat between man and animal. The torero must observe the bull and adapt his behaviour continuously.

Bullfights were held in Nîmes in 1811 to mark the birth of the King of Rome and in 1863 the first bullfight was held in the Roman amphitheatre.

Since then, toreros have agreed that no bullring in the world equals the majesty and immensity of the arena in Nîmes, where contact with the public is immediate and lasting.


There is a passion for bullfighting in Nîmes and opinions on bullfights and matadors are expressed vociferously in numerous bullfighting clubs and cafés.

A concise bullfighting glossary

> The novillada is the first phase in the career of a matador. It is when young toreros fight bulls less than four years old (novillos) to be awarded the alternativa that gives them the status of 'matador de toros'.

> Horseback bullfight

José Alameda said that 'bullfighting would not exist without horses... The need generated by war to train cavalry and keep it in shape gave birth to bullfighting'.

Portuguese and horseback bullfights are similar but the bull is not killed in a Portuguese bullfight.

The core of horseback bullfighting is the combination of horse, rider and bull, during which the bullfighter must place lances (rejon de castigo) in the bull without being touched by the latter.

Horseback bullfighting is performed by excellent riders using extremely well trained horses. In horseback bullfighting, the kill is performed on foot or on horseback.

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