Passion, guitars and polka dots
Most people will tell you that if you are in Spain, you shouldn’t miss a flamenco show. However… Flamenco is not a Catalan tradition, and that’s why many believe that Barcelona is not the place to go for that.
Well, the truth is that since we have a lot of Andalucia immigrants living here, we happen to have some of the best flamenco artists in Spain here! What means high-quality shows but… mostly only tourists watching them, because locals are not too interested unless it’s a flamenco superstar performing on a theater or a concert hall.
So what are your options, then?
Here are our 5 recommendations for flamenco dancing shows in Barcelona:
Tablao de Carmen. That’s the other famous Barcelona flamenco show, named after the famous dancer Carmen Amaya who used to perform there. It is located inside the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) in Montjuïc, and since you get a free entrance with your reservation it is a good excuse to visit it. It’s also a flamenco restaurant offering both dinner or drink-only options. The downside is that it’s far from the city center and you need taxis to get there.
Tablao Cordobés. Despite its location by the end of La Rambla might make you think “oh no, another tourist trap”, this venue is strongly committed to the quality of their shows and they often incorporate local flamenco stars in their shows. It offers a dinner + show or a drink + show options. The food isn’t specially great, but in exchange you are given a better table where you are much closer to the show (and you need to take into account that the closer you are the more you will enjoy it). It’s one of the places that we love going to during our Barcelona Flamenco Evening & Tapas Tour.
Palacio del Flamenco. This is the newest venue that has been added to the offer of flamenco shows in Barcelona. It is located near Passeig de Gràcia, so it is very convenient if you are staying in the Eixample district.
Tarantos. Also located towards the end of La Rambla in the lively Plaça Reial, here you have a much more different option: 30 minutes of music and dance, but no dinner options. The venue feels more like being in a jazz club or something like that, instead of trying to emulate a gypsy setting. It is also a more affordable option.
Opera & Flamenco. Another interesting option is this flamenco evening show offered some days in the Poliorama theater and some others in the Palace of the Music. It is a great mix of flamenco dance choreographies and famous flamenco-ish opera excerpts such as those from Carmen, for instance. Certainly it is not what you would expect of a flamenco “tablao”, but I would say that it is a very friendly option if you are not so familiar with flamenco music (and if you are buying tickets for Palau de la Música, it’s a plus to visit this gorgeous site!).
Have you ever been to any flamenco shows in Barcelona? How was the experience? Leave a comment below!