Flamenco Walking Tour, Seville

Flamenco Walking Tour (Self Guided), Seville

They say if it's Flamenco – it's Andalusia, and if it's Andalusia – it's all about Seville. Indeed, with its roots deeply embedded in the Andalusian culture, Seville is a prime destination for experiencing the essence of Flamenco and is largely considered to be the home of this fiery dance.

Flamenco sites are found all over the city – in bars, theaters, or specialized joints called “tablaos”. There are several iconic locations, mostly in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, that showcase the power and passion of this form of art the most. Let's see what they are.

The Flamenco Cultural Center (Casa de la Memoria) is a place where the soul of Flamenco comes to life. Here, visitors can witness intimate and authentic Flamenco performances, immersing themselves in the raw emotions expressed through music, song, and dance.

The Flamenco Dance Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco), in turn, offers a unique opportunity to delve into the history and evolution of Flamenco. Through exhibitions, workshops, and live performances, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for this art form's complexity and beauty.

For those seeking a more casual but equally immersive experience, La Carbonería Tavern is a must-visit. This historic venue offers spontaneous Flamenco performances in a relaxed atmosphere, allowing patrons to feel the music and rhythm up close.

Los Gallos Tablao Flamenco and Tablao Flamenco El Arenal are renowned venues for Flamenco shows that feature some of the most talented and passionate artists in Seville. The intimate settings of these tablaos create an unforgettable atmosphere where Flamenco's intensity and fervor can be fully appreciated.

To truly understand the heart of Seville, one must embrace the soul-stirring world of Flamenco. Whether you're a devoted fan or a curious traveler, these locations offer a profound connection to this extraordinary cultural phenomenon. So, venture into the heart of Seville and let the magic of Flamenco ignite your senses, leaving you with memories worth cherishing for years afterward.
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Flamenco Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Flamenco Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Seville (See other walking tours in Seville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Casa de la Memoria (Flamenco Cultural Center)
  • Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum)
  • La Carbonería Tavern
  • Los Gallos Tablao Flamenc
  • Tablao Flamenco El Arenal
Casa de la Memoria (Flamenco Cultural Center)

1) Casa de la Memoria (Flamenco Cultural Center)

Casa de la Memoria is the Flamenco Cultural Center in Seville. The center has exhibitions about the history of flamenco. It also offers daily performances.

The cultural center began operating in 1999 with the goal to celebrate the folkloric tradition of flamenco. In 2012, it moved to its current location on Calle Cuna. The building was originally a palatial home. It was revamped to provide a space for the cultural center. Various rooms hold artworks and files related to folklore and dance.

A theatre inside the Flamenco Cultural Center is an intimate space where visitors can watch dancers or enjoy fashion shows. There is no food or drink sold onsite nor is it permitted indoors. Patrons may purchase tickets in advance, and are encouraged to do so as space is limited and performances frequently sell out.

Those traveling with young children should note that ages five and under are not permitted in the Flamenco Cultural Center.

Show Hours: daily: 7:30-8:30pm / 9-10pm
Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum)

2) Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum) (must see)

Cristina Hoyos founded the Flamenco Dance Museum. The museum has interactive exhibits and a nightly performance. The museum maintains a history of Southern Spain's flamenco dancing. There are posters, costumes shoes and above all atmosphere.

Each day the line up of musicians, dancers and singers is changed. To see every style of flamenco, you must come more than once, no, many times. All dance museum's dance choreographies are created by Cristina Hoyos. There are Alegrias, Seguirya, Solea, Taranto, and passionate tangos. No videotaping or recording is allowed.

The museum is located in the Santa Cruz quarter near the Alfalfa Square. It offers daily performances of the "Patio Flamenco" show. The museum also provides exhibits and workshops, including dance classes open to visitors. The exhibits are focused on flamenco paintings, drawings and photos. The museum attracts the best flamenco dance talent in Spain.

If possible, get there early and try to get a seat near the front facing the show, as sitting at the side could slightly affect the view of the dancers' feet, which is such a big part of Flamenco dancing. Perhaps consider booking tickets for the "VIP" show with a smaller group of dancers, which is more intimate and a little more expensive but you get a glass of bubbly with that one, too.

La Carbonería Tavern

3) La Carbonería Tavern

La Carboneria Tavern is an excellent place to stop for food, drink and flamenco dancing. It is located in the heart of Seville with many beautiful and historic buildings looming around the entrance. It is near the San Bartolome Church and numerous residential buildings that show the true heart of the city.

Finding La Carboneria Tavern may be a journey on its own. It is located at 21A Calle Cespedes with the only sign being the written word "Carboneria" next to the warehouse door. Inside the humble exterior, visitors will find live music, dancing, drinks and delicious tapas.

There is no cover charge and no fee to enter La Carboneria Tavern. Most shows start at 11 PM and last about 90 minutes. Because of the late hour and the loud music, this is not the best place for children. However, it is a great getaway for the adults in the family who want to experience flamenco at its finest.
Los Gallos Tablao Flamenc

4) Los Gallos Tablao Flamenc

Los Gallos Tablao Flamenc is a venue for traditional flamenco dancing. The family-owned business has been in continuous operation since 1966. It has become known as one of the most prestigious flamenco venues. It is also the oldest of its kind in the city.

During a typical season, there are two performances nightly. The first is at 8:30 PM and the second at 10:30 PM. Each show is about 90 minutes long. It is recommended that patrons schedule their visits well in advance as the venue regularly sells out. In addition to the performance, each ticket includes one complimentary drink. Try to get as close to the stage as possible, as that will enhance your experience. Children under the age of five are not allowed.

Los Gallos Tablao Flamenc is located in a family home that was converted to offer flamenco performances. It is located off of the Plaza de Santa Cruz near the Casa de Murillo and the Hospital Los Venerables. It is also very near the Plaza Alfaro and the infamous Devil's Gate.
Tablao Flamenco El Arenal

5) Tablao Flamenco El Arenal

Tablao Flamenco El Arenal is a flamenco theater located in the cultural center of Seville. Visitors will find what has been called the "best place in the world for flamenco" by the "New York Times." The theater has been in operation for 40 years and continues to offer nightly shows.

Those who attend Tablao Flameco El Arenal experience a type of dinner theatre that is at its best in Seville. They are given a delicious, sit-down meal while listening to music, watching flamenco dancing and drinking wine.

Meals consist of traditional Andalusian cuisine. Patrons can choose from a tapas menu, a la carte items and desserts. Guests are also welcome to skip the meal and simply enjoy the show.

The Tablao Flamenco El Arenal offers two shows nightly. Dinner starts at 6 PM for the first show, which ends at 8:30 PM. Late-night dining opens at 9 PM for the second show. Reservations are suggested.

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