Bullfighting and the dangerous running of the bulls in places like Pamplona are no longer the only way to enjoy the proximity of the famous Spanish bull.
A bull safari at just over half an hour from Madrid is the new proposal being launched by WineTourismSpain.com that will allow the public to see the Spanish bull from up close in its natural habitat.
The Spanish fighting bull, known in Spain as the “toro de lidia”, is a symbol of Spanish culture recognized all over the world. It is an animal that cannot be found in a zoo and that, unfortunately for nature and animal lovers, has only been viewable by attending a bullfight or a running of the bulls. Until now.
WineTourismSpain.com, a leading company in gastronomy and wine tours in Spain, has designed a bull safari that takes place in the surroundings of Madrid that allows its customers to enjoy this magnificent animal and understand the way in which they are raised. The safari is conducted in safe vehicles that allow visitors to photograph the animals in their natural state. During the ride, several stops are made in designated points to understand the different stages of the bull. The Spanish fighting bull is observed at different life stages while the guide explains the complicated process of raising these animals.
As for the reason for launching this new tour, Luis Lechuga, director of WineTourismSpain.com and madridbullsafari.com, states, “Our aim is that any animal lover can enjoy the toro de lidia in its natural habitat. There are a lot of people who are against bullfighting here and in other parts of the world, and we do not want to take part in this controversy. Add to the fact that, today, there are also many political issues surrounding the practice of bullfighting. For us, the focus is on the animal: the bull is simply a magnificent species, and being able to appreciate it from just a few meters away is a truly unique experience. Our goal is that anyone who wishes to will be able to enjoy this fantastic tour opportunity, no matter their view on bullfighting.”
The company believes that it is unfortunate that the Spanish bull can only be appreciated in the bullfighting ring or in the dangerous running of the bulls like that of San Fermín. The safari is designed in such a way to combine the activity in the bulls´ natural habitat with an interesting cultural tour and wine tasting at a family-owned winery. “We want this safari tour to highlight several very important elements of Spanish culture. The Spanish bull and wine are a fundamental part of our history, our landscapes, and our culture. Combining them in one tour presents a unique opportunity for travellers.”
This new tour can be enjoyed all year round and lasts between 8 and 9 hours.