One of the things that you need to experience on your trip to Spain is without a doubt watching a live flamenco show.
No matter which city in Spain you travel, your trip won’t be done without watching this show. Originally from the south of Spain, nowadays, flamenco dance is being performed all-over the Spain. Particularly in Barcelona which has the most international visits in Spain, there are a lot of places performing flamenco.
Before starting to introduce the best places, it is good to let you know that the best thing to save your time is to purchase your ticket online. In links above you can buy your tickets beforehand.
10 Best flamenco shows in Barcelona
In this article I am going to make a short list of the best places to watch a flamenco show in Barcelona to have some options to choose among them and also to avoid getting confused, selecting among many options.
1. Palacio del Flamenco
Photo courtesy: Website of Palacio del Flamenco
This place is one of the most famous places for flamenco show in Barcelona which is located in the center of the city close to the Casa Mila, a famous landmark of Barcelona.
With more than the 380 seats, this theatre is the largest flamenco theatre in Barcelona. However, being the biggest venue of flamenco in Barcelona, is not a reason you get worry for the sound experience if your sit is a bit away from the stage, as this theatre is well equipped with the modern audiovisual technology.
Apart from the show which is performed in 3 sessions from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, this place also offers the dinner with 8 different menus including tapas (the very Spanish small portions of meal). The official website of this venue is designed in more than 10 languages which can be helpful to visit it and get information.
2. Tablao Cordobes
Photo courtesy: Website of Tablao Cordobes
Unlike the Palacio del Flamenco, this venue is not very big. Therefore, you will watch the show in an intimate small place which is designed in a special manner like a cave. Being small also gives you the opportunity to hear the performers art naturally, without any speaker.
This venue is quite famous for some reasons. The most important one is the location. It is actually located in the most visited street in Barcelona, Famous Las Ramblas.
This authentic place historically, is also considered as the principal tablao of Barcelona, performing since 1970. Tablao Cordobes has hosted many flamenco legends in different occasions. For more information you can visit the official website of this venue which is also translated in 10 languages.
In this venue also you have the show with the option of drink or dinner.
3. Tablao de Carmen
Photo courtesy: Website of Tablao de Carmen
If you have read Barcelona article in this website, probably you have seen we have written about Poble Espanyol which is a huge open-air architectural museum and literally means “Spanish village”. It was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. This symbolic village has many things like a real village. One of them is a venue for flamenco show. And Yes that is Tablao de Carmen!
Tablao de Carmen got the name from famous gipsy flamenco artist Carmen Amaya which her friend named this place in her honour.
In this venue also you have 4 types of shows which each offers different services with different prices.
Apart from the main venue which is divided to 2 levels, there is a small open air-patio that offers meals and drinks with live music.
4. Palau de la Musica
Photo courtesy: Website of Palau de la Musica
If you would like to have a especial experience of watching a flamenco show in a luxury, classic, architectural gem, I definitely recommend you this place.
This venue is famous for its architectural aspect which is designed in Catalan Modernism style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Built in 1908, Palau de la Música Catalana is a venue for different types of musical performances including flamenco.
Apart from the venue which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is one of the Catalonia’s essential cultural landmarks, what makes your experience more especial, is the flamenco legends that perform in this venue from time to time.
For more information regarding the program of the shows and the tickets, you can visit Palau de la Música website. And if you are interested to take a guided tour in this venue, click the link below.
5. Los Tarantos
Photo courtesy: Website of Los Tarantos
It is said that this venue is one of the oldest places dedicated to flamenco (performing since 1963).
Another highlight of this venue is its location which is located in the heart of Barcelona, Plaza Real close to the Gothic quarter.
You may see this place a bit different in compare to other venues, as it has been reformed in a modern way. However, the flamenco art that they perform is one of the best and leading in all aspects. For more information visit their website.
6. Palau Dalmases
Photo courtesy: Website of Palau Dalmases
This place has a long history dedicated to the art and music. Back in 18th century, the Academy of the Sceptics was located in this place and also later Academy of the Arts which was a place of gathering for many legendaries and music lovers.
Located in the famous neighbourhood of el Born, this venue is inside an amazing Baroque palace which is a center of art.
Apart from impressive architect of the building, what you will watch as a flamenco show, is a high quality performance of flamenco by unique artists. For more information you can visit the website of Palau Dalmases.
7. 23 Robadores
Photo courtesy: Website of 23 Robadores
This is a totally different place in all aspects. The neighbourhood, venue and show.
This is actually a small music bar, located in the Raval neighbourhood. Raval is a special neighbourhood in Barcelona! Just to give you a hint, the place name “Robadors” taken from the street means robbers in Catalan!
But, you do not need to be worry! If you would like to watch a flamenco show mainly in weekends and in an authentic, cool, intimate place, you are right here!
In this small, authentic music bar, you will chill out with the people from younger age groups who love the music. So for sure you will have lots of fun watching the show here. You want to know more about this place? Visit their website for more information.
8. El Patio Andaluz
Photo courtesy: Website of El Patio Andaluz
If you would like to experience a flamenco show in an Andalusian ambient, without traveling to Andalusia, and exactly in the heart of Barcelona, here we are, the Patio Andaluz.
The main feature of this venue is Jesús Cortés. Originally from Andalusia, he is the first winner of the National Flamenco Dance prize. He has performed in world class shows and national important events including for Spanish Royal family, politicians and actors.
This venue also includes dinner and drink along with show that gives you the possibility to choose. Normally in the last show, the artists invite the people who are watching the show to join them some minutes in the dance if they would like to experience. For the show time, check the website of El Patio Andaluz.
9. Casa Lola
Photo courtesy: Website of Casa Lola
Located in 5-minuet walking distance from statue of Columbus, right in the city centre of Barcelona, famous La Rambla street, this venue is a perfect place to spend a night by watching a good flamenco show and enjoy the vivid vibe of La Rambla.
In this place they also offer show with the options of drink or dinner, in three sessions. The place is an interesting mix of modernity and tradition in all aspect.
For more information, check their website.
10. Castell Medieval
Photo courtesy: Website of Castell Medieval
I introduce this place as last one because it is a bit different from the other places. First of all it is located out of Barcelona! Therefore, maybe some people can not access it easily. However, if you would like to get away from the crowd of the city, it would be nice to drive 1 hour toward the north of Spain and spend 1 night in a nice village and then enjoy a spectacular show there.
On the other hand, the experience here is totally unique. The flamenco show is part of a big show. Normally it starts with a Medieval Show or “Noche Española”along with a Medieval-style dinner. It continues later with live musical performance and they end the show with an amazing flamenco show. For more information, check their website.
Flamenco festivals in Barcelona
Nowadays flamenco is getting more and more popular in Spain. Therefore, you can find more events and festivals with this subject.
One of the very famous festivals in Barcelona is the De Cajón!Flamenco Festival. In this festival which lasts almost three months (from end of October till end of December), you will see performance of some legends of flamenco. For more information check their website.
It is also good to know that since the date that UNESCO has declared flamenco as cultural heritage in November 2010, there is always many flamenco festivals in November all over the Spain including Barcelona.
Apart from festivals, here I am going to introduce you some places with free entrance to watch flamenco show. Gracia Latina is a small music bar that you can check them. For more information check their Facebook Page. You also can check out Ca L’Andreu, restaurant with show.
The oldest record of flamenco music is dated back in the 18th century, and what comes from earlier time than 18th century normally is from narrated stories which are not documented.
However, what is clear is that this traditional song and dance style comes from the southern Spain and more exactly from the autonomous community of Andalusia and Murcia.
This Andalusian, Gypsy, Moorish dance style got more popular after 19th century and In 2010, Unesco declared Flamenco as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and is currently widespread in the world to the point that even attracts more interest to foreigners than to the Spanish people.
The flamenco art is a traditional song and dance style that in general consists of 3 parts including: Cante which means the song, Baile that it means the dance, and Toque or Guitarra, which obviously means guitar playing.
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