I believe that in a former life, I was a flamenco dance. I was graceful, beautiful, and held the stares of my adoring fans. Now, this may sound silly but the bad back I currently have is enough evidence to prove that I must have been incredible! Well, maybe not, but a girl can dream.
Flamenco is the traditional art and dance of the gypsies in the region of Andalucía. Its roots came from Africa and the Far East. Those who have witnessed Flamenco bear witness to the intensity and sensuality of this dance.
There are five parts to flamenco. They are: singing (cante), guitar playing (toque), dancing (baile), handclapping (jaleo) and finger snapping (pitos). Several people have to work together as a team to produce flamenco!
When we traveled to Spain, seeing traditional Flamenco was high on my bucket list. I researched extensively the best places to see Flamenco and worked our itinerary around so that Flamenco would be a big part of our trip.
There are five places in Spain that stood out for having excellent flamenco. These five cities not only have excellent flamenco, they are rich in beauty, history, and culture.
The first is Seville, Spain. To say that Seville is magical is an understatement. Seville has both heart and soul. Flamenco lovers flock to this southern city not only to witness what many consider to be the BEST flamenco in the world but also to visit the Museo Del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum). There is no shortage of great flamenco shows here. Most flamenco shows are within easy walking distance of the Giralda and Cathedral de Seville. We struggled with the amount of choices for great flamenco here.
Not to be overshadowed by Seville, Granada entices the visitor with not only great Flamenco but also a stunning Moorish Palace, the Alhambra. Wander the historic Arab district for some flamenco tablao. These shows are about as authentic as it can get.
Cordoba is the spunky little sister to Seville and Granada. Cordoba will win you over not only with passionate flamenco but she’ll draw you into her picturesque alleyways. Head over to the historic Jewish quarter where you’ll be able to find show offerings in open-air restaurant patios. Not only will you get a great show, you’ll enjoy some amazing tapas as well. Don’t forget to visit the Mezquita, one of the world’s most beautiful sites.
Madrid, the capital of Spain, pleases all those who are willing to search out her beauty. She reigns supreme in the heart of Spain. Like its people, Madrid is upbeat and vibrant. Therefore, it’s easy to get caught up in the youthful exuberance of Madrid’s flamenco shows in some of Spain’s oldest and most intimate venues. Finding a show here is not difficult. The neighborhood around Plaza Mayor has more than enough flamenco venues to please its visitors.
Finally, anytime is a good time for Barcelona. Barcelona may not be Spain’s capital city but it is undoubtedly, number one to the many visitors who travel here each year. Barcelona is best known for the beautiful Sagrada Familia and the works of Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona is a place where all your senses share equally and delightfully in this city by the water. Barcelona’s gothic district is home to various venues where some of the biggest names in flamenco can be found.
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