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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 de la Memoria

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Photo of flamenco dancers feet and bottom of her red dress, on a stage

Cultural centre (and the most affordable tablao) offering two shows nightly in an intimate setting of a 15th-century house but minus any food and drink. Different styles and artists every night set it apart from the others.

Adult price: £19

Min age 6

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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El Palacio Andaluz

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Green stage in a small theatre with a band and flamenco dancer performing on it

Large stage in a former Cruzcampo beer pavilion at the Expo of 92 that recreates the decor of the original cafés cantantes, where one of the best-known troupes in Spain puts on shows along with a drink and tapas dinner.

Adult price: £37

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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Tablao El Arenal

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Tablao El Arenal

Club in a historic building in of downtown Seville, founded by the great flamenco dancer Curro Velez; it has a solid international reputation, with 17 performers and a truly exceptional display of dancing during its 90-minute show.

Adult price: £34

Min age 18

Best for ages 10+

Duration: 1 hour

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

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Tablao Los Gallos

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

A view of stage and seating at a flamenco venue

Going strong since 1966 in a historic house in Plaza Santa Cruz, this is one of the oldest café-style clubs in Seville, with 75-minute performances by a rota of award-winning artists, who put on different shows every day.

Adult price: £30

Min age 6

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 1 hour

When: 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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Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinner or Tapas

Seville

Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinner or Tapas
Experience authentic Andalusian flamenco at the esteemed Tablao Flamenco El Arenal in Seville. Often considered one of the best flamenco bars in the world, Tablao El Arenal hosts an approx 60-70 minutes show where up to 15 of Seville’s best dancers perform a flamboyant flamenco. Sit down to watch the electrifying performance with drinks and either tapas or a 3-course dinner -- the choice is yours!

Price: €43

Min age: 0

Rating 4.62 / 5 [806 ratings]

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Seville: Traditional Flamenco & Tapas Evening Tour

Seville

Seville: Traditional Flamenco & Tapas Evening Tour
Soak up the colorful atmosphere at a vibrant flamenco performance with professional dancers and musicians. Your guide will share with you the stories and secrets of the cultures that created this passionate music. Savor some of Seville's favorite dishes at carefully chosen Tapas Bars, loved by Sevillanos and visitors alike. Enjoy an after-show dinner with shared tapas plates and local wines. A perfect Seville evening.

Price: €93

Min age: 6

Rating 4.89 / 5 [665 ratings]

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Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria Admission Ticket

Seville

Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria Admission Ticket
The Best Flamenco show of Seville in a 15th Century House Palace in the historic centre of the city. The most prestigious and important current performers offer you the purest emotions that only Traditional Flamenco can express. No bar. No restaurant. No babys allowed. No microphones. No distractions... Just the Purest Flamenco Show!

Price: €22

Min age: 6

Rating 4.63 / 5 [641 ratings]

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Skip the Line: Tablao Flamenco Pura Esencia Ticket

Seville

Skip the Line: Tablao Flamenco Pura Esencia Ticket
The cradle of Flamenco is Triana. Come and enjoy a Tablao Flamenco of the best level on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The singing, the touch of the guitar and the dance will travel through the different regions of Andalusia bringing you their different rhythms with their characteristics and interpretations.

Price: €32

Min age: 0

Rating 4.87 / 5 [566 ratings]

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Seville: Authentic Flamenco Show - Museo del Baile Flamenco

Seville

Seville: Authentic Flamenco Show - Museo del Baile Flamenco
Discover all the passion and elegance of flamenco dancing in one of the most emblematic places of Seville, in an eighteenth century building.(Optional Combined ticket: museum+show)

Price: €25

Min age: 0

Rating 4.73 / 5 [448 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Seville

Andalusia, Spain

View of the cathedral looking up at the end of the nave and an intricate stone tower

Extravagant and sensuous, Spain’s fourth city entices with brilliant monuments, gardens, tapas bars, flamenco shows and full-on nightlife.

Andalusia

Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia

A big dazzling region, packed with fascinating cities, beautiful landscapes and beaches, colourful fiestas and oodles of sunshine.