The passionate music, song, and dance known as flamenco is rooted in the gypsies of Andalusia in Southern Spain, but its popularity has spread all the way to Barcelona. Here’s what you need to know about catching the best flamenco shows in the Catalan capital.
It would be a shame to leave Spain without seeing an authentic flamenco show, and visitors to Barcelona have several options. The city’s legendary Tablao Cordobes on La Rambla and Los Tarantos in the Gothic Quarter have been staging authentic performances for decades, while the Teatre Poliorama and the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana both put on combination flamenco and opera performances. Book ahead to guarantee a spot at your preferred club.
Flamenco Shows with Dinner
For a comprehensive evening of authentic Spanish culture, opt for a flamenco show that includes dinner. Shows at Tablao de Carmen, Palacio del Flamenco, and Plaza de las Arenas offer the option to upgrade with tapas, dinner, and drinks—book early to get your first choice. Alternately, start your evening with a tapas walking tour followed by a flamenco performance, or start with the performance and head out for some traditional Spanish pintxos after.
Flamenco Shows with Lessons
The best way to truly appreciate flamenco is to try it out yourself. You can do so with a masterclass at Tablao Cordobés, where internationally famous Flamenco dancers teach visitors basic choreography on one of Barcelona’s most historic and authentic stages.