When it comes to Spanish customs and traditions, one word always pops up: flamenco. This fascinating tradition is a perfect mix of music, singing and dancing. Originated in Southern Spain, its ancient roots dated back centuries ago. Today, it finds the highest expression in the performances around bars and locals of Seville.
We hope you enjoy this tradition at its best! Keep reading to know the 5 insider trips we always share to our guests:
1. Which kind of Flamenco you’re watching?
Did you know that Flamenco has seven different dances?
The seven types are: Soleá, Bulerías, Alegrías, Seguiriyas, Tangos, Farruca and Sevillanas. Each of these variations of Flamenco has its own particularity – some are cheerful and festive ballads, others are melancholic, slow and rhythmic.
Our suggestion is to check which variations are available during your stay. Then, attend at least two different types of performance. If you don’t know where to start, Bulerías and Sevillana are the most famous ones. In this way, you’ll be able to appreciate their contrasts and similarities.
2. Start with free Flamenco shows!
When visiting Seville, you will immediately realize that Flamenco is breathed in every corner of the city. For this reason, you will find countless options to enjoy one of these shows. We suggest that you start with the free ones first. Among them, La Carbonería is one of the most famous locations in Seville. Here you can admire different shows and artists on the same evening, while enjoying the excellent quality of their tapas with sangria!
Address: Calle Céspedes, 21A, 41004 Sevilla
Opening hours: 19:00 – 01:00* (opening hours may vary)
3. Arrive as early as possible
One of the golden rules to enjoy a flamenco show to the maximum is to arrive very early – especially if you want to have the best view. Most shows take place after dinner, so the best option is to have dinner at the venue where the flamenco show will take place. These venues often feature a variety of tapas at affordable prices, so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a tasty dinner with a live show!
If you prefer not having dinner in the same place, we still advise that you arrive at least 40 minutes before the show. Especially for free Flamenco shows, you’ll need to arrive well in advance to ensure good spots to see the dancers and feel the power of their movement.
4. Look for small venues and impromptu shows
The best shows don’t necessarily happen in luxurious venues. In fact, shows in small tablaos are often more spontaneous and more authentic.
If you stay in Seville long enough, try to attend both kinds of performances, as they offer very different experiences. The ones in elegant locations feature experienced artists of incredible professionalism. On the other hand, shows in smaller clubs are usually performed by the people of the neighborhood, who inherit the dance from their family tradition.
Alternatively, you can also find improvised flamenco shows in the street in Seville. The artists are rising stars who are not yet famous enough to be invited to more affluent locations.
5. Enjoy the flamenco vibe
Flamenco folkloric tradition is made up of various elements: music, dance and song. In addition, the most important of all, although intangible, is the feeling that the whole performance expresses and brings to life. Therefore, our last, but not least, suggestion is to actually feel with all your senses during the shows, and let yourself get lost into the music and the dance movements!
Each show has its unique story and emotions. Whether you are seated in one of the famous tablaos or in an improvised show, just breathe deeply and let yourself be transported into the story that the musicians and dancers are transmitting. You will fall in love with it!
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