Lisbon’s former bullring, Campo Pequeno is a striking neo-Moorish building and events venue in the northern part of the city. It hosts everything from craft markets to concerts, and is home to a cinema, museum, and several restaurants. Bullfights are still held in summer, and many visitors are glad to know the bull is not killed during the event.
Campo Pequeno was built in the 1890s, designed by architect António José Dias da Silva. The building’s neo-Moorish style was inspired by the old bullring in Madrid (no longer standing). The circular building is topped by four onion-shaped domes and has a retractable roof, making it one of the most architecturally unusual structures in the city. In addition to bullfights and other entertainment, there is a small on-site museum that explores the history of bullfighting in Portugal.
The 10,000-seat venue is a popular destination for both locals and tourists; many of the latter travel to the arena on the city’s network of hop-on hop-off tour buses.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Campo Pequeno is ideal for visitors interested in bullfighting and its history, thanks in part to its on-site museum. The large mall, restaurants, a cinema make it appealing for families, too.
- Bullfighting season runs from Easter until the end of summer. Fights are usually held on Thursday.
- Check the Campo Pequeno website for details on the different events held at the venue.
- Many movies shown in the cinema here are in English with Portuguese subtitles.
- Some areas of the facilities are accessible to wheelchair users, although there are some steps leading into the arena.
Campo Pequeno is located on Avenida Republica in north-central Lisbon. Take the yellow metro line to the aptly named Campo Pequeno stop. There is also on-site underground parking.When to Get There
Campo Pequeno’s opening hours vary depending on the event schedule; check online for current happenings. The shopping mall and entertainment center is open daily.Visit the Gulbenkian Museum
A short distance from Campo Pequeno is the Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian), an art gallery with a wide-ranging collection that incorporates everything from Greek sculpture to works of modern art. The museum also has a charming landscaped garden with a café that is a popular recreation spot on sunny days.