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Where To See Flamenco: Sevilla Tablaos

Where can you see flamenco? Sevilla is full of good options (a tablao, a bar flamenco or other small venues). But if this is your first contact with the flamenco culture, the easiest and most enjoyable option is to go to a tablao.

Why? Because you should definitely immerse yourself into the contagious passion of a flamenco show and experience it first hand in all its glory.

Whether you want to go to a tablao flamenco, you are looking for a traditional show or you prefer an authentic flamenco show, Seville offers you a full array of experiences.

You don’t know where to go with so many choices… Well, here is the best flamenco show in Seville for you.

 

What Is A Tablao?

It is the place where flamenco shows are performed. They started to become very popular in Spain in the 1960s and are the natural substitute of the traditional cafés cantantes.

Tablaos offer a very professional show, where you can get to see the 3 forms of flamenco expression: singing, dancing and playing the guitar. In addition to this, every show has a great choreography allowing you to enjoy different palos. Besides the quality of the artists, the dresses and the set up are excellent.

Nevertheless, some claim that these kind of shows are just a tourist trap. While it’s true that you’ll hardly find any Spaniard (not to say a Sevillano…) among the crowd, the tablaos have a legitimate purpose: to communicate and honor the flamenco traditions. As a result, you’ll get to see and know one the most ancient and acclaimed dances.

Unfortunately, some tablaos are part of the touristic circuits and can be packed. It’s not rare to see a bus full of foreigners in front of a tablao. Moreover, prices are frankly not cheap. But if you want to save some money, eat first at some great tapas bar and then go for the drink + show ticket.

If you are looking for an espectáculo flamenco full of experts and true fans, then you should try somewhere else. But remember that flamenco is based on improvisation so you may only see a music performance and no dancing, or nothing at all because these performances aren’t announced well in advance.

So below you will find a list with the most important tablaos where you can enjoy flamenco. Seville is full of them, but here you have the best ones and a map where you can locate them.

 

Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos

Address: Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11 (3 min walking from the Hospital de los Venerables)

Shows: Every night. 1st show from 20:00 to 21:30, 2nd show from 22:20 to 23:30.

Tickets: Drink + show (available online)

Los Gallos is the oldest tablao in Seville, and shows have been performed here since 1966. The location is absolutely gorgeous: a renovated historic house in the old Jewish Quarter (Barrio de Santa Cruz). Additionally, the premises are incredibly cozy and have 80 seats only.

Because Los Gallos is a family-run business, management continuity has permitted the performance of very well-known flamenco artists throughout the years. It’s probably one of the best places in Spain to enjoy an authentic flamenco show.

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Tablao El Arenal

Address: Calle Rodo, 7 (2 min walking from La Maestranza)

Shows: Every night. The 1st show starts at 19:15 and ends at 20:30. The 2nd show starts at 22:00 and ends at 23:15.

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or menu à la carte + show (available online)

This establishment was founded in 1975 and it has had one of the major flamenco shows in Seville for years.

El Arenal is the 2nd smallest venue among tablaos in Seville. It has a capacity of 110 seats. The decoration and atmosphere is typical Andalusian, practically like a café cantante. You’ll get to be very close of the action even if you are in the back tables.

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El Patio Sevillano

Address: Paseo Cristobal Colón, 11A (next to La Maestranza)

Shows: Every night. 1st show from 19:00 to 20:30, 2nd show from 21:30 to 23:00.

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or fixed-price menu + show (available online)

El Patio Sevillano has a very long tradition related to the flamenco universe. It started in 1952 and after moving a couple of times it has been in its current location since 1973. Many flamenco celebrities have performed here and the quality of the show is excellent.

The 300 seats are organized in front of a relatively small stage and you can choose to be either in front of it or in the balcony.

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El Palacio Andaluz

Address: Calle Matemáticos Rey Pastor y Castro, 4

Shows: Every night. 1st show from 19:00 to 20:30, 2nd show from 21:30 to 23:00.

Tickets: Drink + show, tapas + show or menu à la carte + show (available online)

El Palacio Andaluz is located a renovated warehouse with capacity for 500 people. Thus, there is a high chance to get a seat even if you don’t plan well in advance. Moreover, all seats have great views. You can choose among the front row seats, the first level where tables are light with candles and the balcony where you can enjoy panoramic views.

On the ground floor El Palacio Andaluz features “La Bodega Museum”, which includes an exhibition space called “The Andalusian Flamenco Museum and Art”. Here you can view items, costumes and photos of the flamenco show and artists. In addition to this, you can also have a look at other elements, such as ceramics, wine and equestrian art as well as a recreation of a caseta (tent) from the April Fair. The visit to the museum is free if you are attending the show.

The only downside is that the location is a little bit inconvenient because there is nothing else interesting around, nor sights or nice tapas bars.

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This article is part of a complete tutorial about flamenco in Spain where you can read all the information you need to enjoy this typical Andalusian folklore.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. What Is Flamenco?
2. Where To See Flamenco In Seville?
3. The Best Flamenco Show In Seville
4. How To Enjoy Flamenco Dancing In Seville
5. Where To Take Flamenco Lessons In Seville
6. Flamenco History And Origins
7. Understanding Flamenco Singing (Cante)
8. Understanding Flamenco Dance (Baile)
9. Understanding Flamenco Guitar (Toque)
10. The Different Flamenco Styles
11. A Flamenco Glossary