Bullfighting in Portugal is a 300-year tradition known locally as Tauromaquia. It is as colourful and culturally distinctive as Spanish corrida but differs in one very significant respect; it is more humane and perhaps, therefore, better suited to our 21st century tastes. The bull is not killed during the performance but is challenged by "cavaliers" – a horseman or woman dressed in the 18th-century costume and groups of "forcados". The latter perform the symbolic pega de cara, the final event in which they attempt to subdue and control the bull.
The historic Campo Pequeno stadium in Lisbon is the official home of Portuguese bullfighting. After a significant renovation it re-opened as a multi-event venue in 2006 and it is well worth a visit to immerse yourself in the drama and excitement of the centuries-old tauromaquia tradition.
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