Where can you see flamenco? Sevilla is full of good options. Actually, Seville is the best place to catch a flamenco show to witness the art form in all its glory.
If you want to see a good flamenco show in Seville, you should definitely go to a tablao flamenco. It’s the best place to enjoy a pleasant evening in an exceptional atmosphere.
And if really have no clue of where to go… Well, this is the best flamenco show in Seville.
Enjoy flamenco: Sevilla is full of awesome tablaos
Flamenco performances are typically performed in venues known as tablaos, and the shows generally include highly choreographed music and dances.
What is a flamenco tablao?
Tablaos are where you’ll see the professional quality and choreographed shows allowing you to enjoy different palos. Here, artists (singers, dancers and guitar players) can range from the nationally to internationally known, and the dress and costumes are superb.
While some people and guide books comment on these as tourist traps, there is plenty to enjoy (for a price) and I truly believe that some of the best quality shows take place in a few exceptional tablaos. I have listed all of them below.
Many shows offer dinner or just a drink, and the prices will be the most expensive for enjoying flamenco. As I recommend for most of them, skip the dinner and take the drink only option.
Why is a tablao the ideal place to enjoy a flamenco show?
Because you’ll see a large number of artists for a daily show. You’ll embark on a journey through traditional flamenco performed by dancers, guitarists and singers who have performed in the best stages of the world.
At a tablao dancing and singing are entwined with passion, springing forth from the deepest core of flamenco. Thus the emotional expression of the artists becomes an intensely personal and unforgettable experience for you.
Here, you’ll enjoy a performance in which the artists perform different flamenco styles, such as alegrías, tarantos, seguiriyas, soleás, bulerías or cañas.
Finally, a flamenco tablao is always searching for new artists to join their troupe and to thrive in offering the highest quality and purest performances.
How to choose the best tablao flamenco in Seville?
When choosing where to catch a flamenco show in Seville, choose it based on the duration of the show, what the show includes, and the type of venue (touristy or more intimate). Some shows can be as short as 30 minutes, while others include dinner and can last for 2 hours.
With that said, the ticket prices for these shows can also vary. The longer shows will be more expensive as they will include more elaborate performances (and your meal, too).
So below you’ll find a list with my favorite tablaos where you can enjoy a genuine flamenco show.
Make sure to plan ahead as these are very popular shows and tickets can sell out fairly quickly.
My personal selection of flamenco: Sevilla’s top 3 tablaos
It can be a bit complicated finding and deciding which flamenco performance you would like to see while in Seville. While wandering the city you’ll come across several advertisements and brochures showing off flamenco, but surely you want to see the best quality.
With so many choices, I have made a selection of the best flamenco tablaos in the city to help you decide where to go during your holiday.
My preferred option: Pura Esencia
Shows: Every night. 1st show from 20:00 to 21:00, 2nd show from 21:30 to 22:30.
Tickets: Drink + show (available online)
Located in the neighborhood of Triana, Pura Esencia offers two daily 60-min shows.
Pura Esencia is a small tablao that doesn’t use microphones, creating that way a more intimate and authentic experience. The show stars a singer, a guitar player, and two dancers in a colorful, lively cultural performance. You’ll see them perform some of the most representative styles of flamenco, such as fandangos, bulerías and alegrías.
With its small, intimate environment and very talented artists that put everything they have in the show, this is an unforgettable experience that will move you from within.
Tablao El Arenal
Shows: Every night. The 1st show starts at 19:00 and ends at 20:00. The 2nd show starts at 21:30 and ends at 22:30.
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.
Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos
Shows: Every night. 1st show from 19:00 to 20:15, 2nd show from 20:45 to 22:00.
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.
Map of flamenco shows in Seville
Apart from the list that I just shared with you, you can go to many other venues in Seville and enjoy a nice flamenco show.
Here you have a map where you can locate them.
This article is part of a complete tutorial about flamenco in Seville 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. Flamenco tablaos in Seville
5. Small flamenco venues in Seville
6. Flamenco bars in Seville
7. 6 tips to enjoy flamenco dancing in Seville
8. Where to take flamenco classes in Seville
9. Flamenco history and origins
10. Understanding flamenco singing (cante)
11. Understanding flamenco dance (baile)
12. Understanding flamenco guitar (toque)
13. The different flamenco styles
14. A flamenco glossary