If your next trip is to Barcelona, and it is also your first trip to Spain, you should know there is big a issue and a diference between Barcelona ( and the region, Catalonia ) and the rest of Spain: here, there are no bullfights.
And the reason why there are no bullfights in Catalonia, is just because the citizens said NO . In 2011, catalan lawmakers hit this old “tradition”, banning this blood-soaked pageant. Animal activists have been working for this since decades collecting signatures agains it, specially since the democracy came back to the country back to the 70-80’s. The tradition reminded for much longer, but being honest, it survived all this time just as a tourist attraction.
Central spanish parties are still working hard to bring this “tradition” back to the catalan territory, but catalans seems pretty confident on having finished forever ever with something that was not representative at all with the people living here.
The two “plazas de toros” buildings ( arena ) in Barcelona stand still, but with other purposes. One of them, “Arenas”, is a beautiful shopping mall with restaurants on the top and views to Montjuich , and Monumental holds concerts and events.
Unfortunately, bullfights are still on in the rest of Spain, although the number of animal activists and people agains increase. If you want to know a bit more of what these associations, political parties and organizations do, visit their links. Support from abroad is also welcomed. www.pacma.es , www.addaong.org/ , www.avatma.com