The festivities of San Isidro in Madrid take place in the middle days of May. Originally this was a neighborhood celebration, only taken place in Carabanchel area, but now it is a city holyday. Locals show their enthusiasm dressing in traditional clothing, like in the XIX century.
The pilgrimage to Saint Isidore the Laborer chapel is the main part of the festivities, and probably the most significant one along with Las Ventas great week. There are also dancing shows and gastronomic exhibits in Plaza Mayor, for those that do not like religious celebration or bullfighting.
Romería de San Isidro
Romería means peregrination. The words comes from a local way to call the Catholics people who decided to pilgrimage to Rome. The word become trendy in the XIX century and now a days it is a synonym of pilgrimage. The Romería de San Isidro start in different places of the city, but end in the saint chapel located in the San Isidro Park. Here, the pilgrims participated in a mass and then have all together a snack in the park. There are a lot of sweet specialties prepared only for these day. So, don’t miss the snack or you will regret it.
Las Ventas Bullring
Las Ventas is the biggest bullring in Spain and third one in the world. It has a capacity for 23.798 spectators. It is consider the most important bullfighting scenario in the world. Bullfighting has become a very polemical issue in Spain, Madrid and Sevilla still being the safeguards of the traditional practice. Furthermore the controversy, Las Ventas is a very interesting building declare national heritage.
The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is located in La Guindalera sector in Salamanca district, two of the most Madrid traditional areas. The building was accomplish in 1929, but it was inaugurated five years later, in 1934. The designer of this building was José Espelius Anduaga. He was consider one of the best exponents of the neomudejar style. This was the reinterpretation of the Iberian architecture and decoration style strongly influenced by Moorish taste.
The building was a metallic structure cover completely with adobe red bricks. The bricks are artistically collocated to generate an impressible texture recreating Arabic motives. The façade alternates different horseshoe arch creating a rhythm between the three levels of the building. This a very interesting and peculiar structure that should be seen in a visit to Madrid.