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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Andalusia expresses its passionate soul in the guitars, singing and twirling, stamping steps of its native flamenco – declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.

Most scholars believed the seeds of flamenco arrived in the 15th century with the Roma from India. Over the centuries they slowly migrated west with their castanets and tambourines, absorbing songs and dances in the Middle East and North Africa along the way. The Spanish at first considered it a foreign art, or ‘Flemish’ – hence flamenco.

By the 19th century flamenco as we know it emerged – popularized by Bizet’s Carmen – with shows performed in cafés cantantes (singers’ cafés), the forerunners to the modern tablaos. These are intimate venues with small wooden stages, perfect for the exhilarating machine gun-like zapateado (dancing).

You can hear flamenco’s eastern origins in the singer’s cante jondo (‘deep song’), evoking pain, sorrow and joy, while dancers express each emotion with their bodies, driven by the pulsing percussive strumming of the guitars.

A good show, and there are many here, can send chills down your spine with their duende, the ecstatic ‘demon’ spirit that brings listeners out of themselves.

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Casa del Arte

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Sexy flamenco dancer performing her dance in a red long dress, arm up.

Intimate theatre just under the Alhambra, where the young guitarist, singer and dancers perform with passion; you can also book supper, but it’s separate, as to not distract from the show.

Adult price: £17

Min age 5

Best for ages 5+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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Cueva de la Rocio

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Exterior view of the theatre set into a white stone cave-like buillding

The Maya family performs a zambra gitana, a traditional gypsy wedding in the Sacromonte caves of Granada, harking back to the days when the dances were banned by the Inquisition and had to be held in secret.

Adult price: £20

Min age 5

Best for ages 5+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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La Alborea Tablao

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

A stage set for a flamenco performance, with a guitar on a chair

Well-respected, very friendly and central club just east of the Cathedral, with excellent hour-long shows of authentic flamenco, with seats right up next to the stage; dinner and tapas options available, too.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 5+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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Casa Ana

Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Casa Ana

You won’t find a more authentic and emotion-filled flamenco show in Granada than this one. Gypsy-inspired and operated, it’s unique amongst the Granadan tablaos in having a theatre format – the flamenco show encompasses stage, lights and dramatic curtain reveal.

Adult price: £17

Best for ages 5+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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Logistics

Price from: £15
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 5+
Frequency: daily
When: Daily
Duration: 90 minutes

Getting there & doing it

Always book tickets for a tablao or club in advance, either via an organised tour or on the websites of the clubs. Options usually include a show and a drink or tapas or dinner with a choice of set price menus. Performances run around 90 minutes.

When to do it

Most clubs put on two shows every evening, usually around 7pm and 9pm.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Flamenco Show in a Cave Restaurant in Granada

Granada

Flamenco Show in a Cave Restaurant in Granada
Prepare for passion and magic in this 1 hour flamenco show, that takes place in a cave-restaurant located in Granada. This century-old cave is possibly the most impressive cave dedicated to Flamenco, as much for its lighting and elegant décor as for its size. Enjoy a drink or a 2-course or 5-course dinner as the dancers move about the stage.

Price: €30

Min age: 0

Rating 4.41 / 5 [424 ratings]

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Traditional Flamenco Show at Tablao Casa Ana

Granada

Traditional Flamenco Show at Tablao Casa Ana
Discover the passion and emotion of flamenco at the Tablao Casa Ana, in the heart of Granada. It has established artists from great flamenco and gypsy families. They are professional flamenco artists with a track record that guarantee a unique and memorable experience. They are the greatest wealth of the tablao. The show takes place in a theatrical space that is the perfect setting to enjoy the best flamenco in the city, where the visual effects of the curtain and lights create an emotional atmosphere that will leave you breathless.

Price: €20

Min age: 5

Rating 4.85 / 5 [280 ratings]

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Traditional Flamenco Show

Granada

Traditional Flamenco Show
In the Tablao Casa del Arte Flamenco you can enjoy this art that began its journey in Andalusia at the beginning of the 19th century and that had its first performances in the so-called "Café Cantantes", main temples of flamenco singing and dancing.

Price: €20

Min age: 6

Rating 4.73 / 5 [119 ratings]

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Flamenco Show in the Center of Granada

Granada

Flamenco Show in the Center of Granada
The most central tablao in Granada. It is located in Plaza Nueva, a tourist enclave of the city. An important factor when choosing this show is the comfort offered by its privileged location. Once inside the space, another aspect that sets us apart from the rest is the distribution of seats, which allow each and every one of the attendees a perfect and complete view of the stage. The main grandstand, five rows high, and the upper floor or VIP area, are the two main areas where the attendees are located, all of them seated in their respective seats. Lastly, but perhaps the key detail that makes the Tablao a benchmark, is the quality and professionalism of the show. The artists are recognized and many of them have been awarded nationally and worldwide. A format that respects the artist's work on the tablao prevails, without distractions, far from the hubbub or the commercial branches of this art.

Price: €18

Min age: 0

Rating 4.76 / 5 [39 ratings]

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Granada Flamenco & Tapas Tour

Granada

Granada Flamenco & Tapas Tour
We start the tour with delicious local tapas and tastings in the historic centre of Granada. Your Food Sherpa will lead you to some typical businesses in the city. At the first stop we try two contemporary dishes. At this restaurant we dispell some urban myths about Spanish food. Information that will be handy for you over the rest of your stay in Andalucia. At the second stop we taste more traditional food prepared in a hidden restaurant well-loved by locals. Our final stop on the route is a classic restaurant in Granada, trading since 1976. Here we try two dishes and a traditional dessert ending our experience on a sweet note. Then we head to the best flamenco venue in Granada. In a one hour show we get to experience the passion and drama of real flamenco. This intimate tablao has professional dancers, passionate singers and impressive guitarists.

Price: €94

Min age: 5

Rating 4.62 / 5 [16 ratings]

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