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Although flamenco hails from the southern Andalusia region of Spain, many say the best performers are actually be found in Madrid. This is because some of the most talented singers, dancers and musicians leave the south for the capital. But appreciating it isn’t just about seeing a show—there’s so much that goes into the history and culture, so read on for your very own flamenco tour of Madrid. Or if you would like a guided tour we recommend the Flamenco Route Madrid, featured in the video above.
If you’d like to see a dinner show, you should head to Corral de la Morería, one of the oldest flamenco taverns in Madrid. The space actually hosted their very first show in 1956, and has been one of Madrid’s most beloved flamenco spots ever since. The restaurant is top notch and you can watch the dancers stomp and spin, while enjoying gourmet delights at the same time.
Corral de la Morería, Calle de la Morería 17, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 65 11 37
If you want to support the arts, Casa Patas not only has some fabulous flamenco dinner shows, but also has an attached dance school and foundation dedicated to the art form. If you check out the show and fall in love with the music and movements, you can then sign up for a class!
Casa Patas, Calle de los Cañizares 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 69 04 96
If you want to see flamenco in a more intimate environment, Las Tablas is a more underground spot to see the art form, though it still has an organized show. The prices are about half or even less of the more touristy dinner shows, but only include a drink. The small stage, with clusters of tiny tables and chairs gathered round, gives you a real up close and personal experience.
Las Tablas, Plaza España 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 54 20 520
Many bars in the La Latina neighborhood have spontaneous flamenco, meaning there’s no organized show, but there’ll be a live guitarist. Many of the patrons are long-time flamenco fans and when they feel the music, they’ll sing and dance along. It’s really a sight to see bar patrons (both tourists and locals alike) singing, dancing and enjoying this aspect of Andalusian culture together.
Flamenco wouldn’t be flamenco without that soulful guitar strumming. So stop in the famous guitar shop Pedro de Miguel, which specializes in making flamenco guitars. Here you can learn all about the process that goes into making these tailored instruments, as well as the differences between a classical guitar and one for flamenco. Of course, if you want to buy your own, you can do that too.
Pedro de Miguel, Calle Amor de Dios, 13, 28014 Madrid, +34 914 29 47 93
You may have noticed that flamenco dancers wear very elaborate, ruffled costumes. There’s an art to the fringes, ruffles, sticthing, frills and shawls, not to mention the special shoes and castanets the dancers use. So pop into the shop Keflamenka, where you can not only learn about it all, but shop too.
Keflamenka, C/ Tres Peces, 34, 28012 Madrid, +34 915 06 06 06