This blog post was originally posted on March 13, 2015, and was updated on February 9, 2017.
“Duende” (duːˈɛndeɪ) noun: A quality of passion or inspiration, a spirit. It can be difficult to find authentic places to see flamenco in Seville.
We once read a book about a man who left everything he had in England and moved to Spain in pursuit of “flamenco.” He wanted to learn how to play the guitar and feel those intense emotions. In the process, he got in with a questionable crowd, lost most of his money, but found happiness.
Ahhh, the lure of flamenco. We’ll admit that we love it as well. The trouble is, it’s hard to know which shows are offering the real deal and which are going to be disappointing. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of places to see flamenco in Seville and have the best possible experience while doing so!
1. Casa de la Memoria
When someone asks us for a flamenco recommendation in Seville, we are quick to suggest one our favorites for an all-around experience, Casa de la Memoria. They have a nightly traditional flamenco show that incorporates a balance of guitar, singing, and dancing, performed in a small and intimate environment. If you happen to study guitar or dance, make sure check their schedule of master classes of flamenco. You can reserve online or beforehand at the venue. Booking is recommended, as is turning up early—this place is tiny!
Address: Calle Cuna, 6
2. Casa del Flamenco
Casa del Flamenco is a beautiful venue—the show takes place on the internal patio of a building nestled in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. As well as the fantastic location, the show is wonderful. Its main claim to fame is that it’s one of the only shows in Seville that doesn’t use some kind of microphones or amplification.
Expect to see all aspects of flamenco here—different styles of dancing, singing, and guitar, and be prepared for an energetic performance! Although it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to get a good seat, there aren’t really any bad seats in the house.
Address: Calle Ximénez de Enciso, 28
Got a flamenco craving? Join us on our evening tapas and flamenco tour! Take in one of Seville’s greatest traditions over some delicious tapas!
3. Casa de la Guitarra
Not only does Casa de la Guitarra offer an intimate nightly show, they have a collection of flamenco guitars which is worth having a look at! This space is very small and intimate, with only enough stage space for one dancer, but you can’t beat the vibe of the venue. Unlike many of our favorite flamenco places in Seville, here they will reserve seats!
Address: Calle Mesón del Moro, 12a
4. Museo del Baile Flamenco
Museo del Baile Flamenco is not your traditional museum—it’s an all-in-one experience! You can learn about flamenco dance, song, and guitar, as well as the history of the art. They have shows every evening alongside the museum, which you can book tickets for separately or all together. If you’re planning to be in Seville for a longer period of time, you can take classes to learn to dance, sing or play the guitar in the traditional flamenco style. It’s the perfect way to round of your flamenco experience! This is a great place to not only see flamenco in Seville but also to get a sense of the history and culture.
Address: Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3
5. Los Gallos
This spot is located in the heart of the Santa Cruz neighborhood (beautiful in and of itself). While the show is more expensive than others, this place is a flamenco institution in Seville. It’s been around since 1966 and at 1 hour and 45 minutes, the shows are longer than others. As the show is longer, they are able to showcase a wide variety of flamenco music and dance. However, Los Gallos prides itself on being traditional and keeping authenticity in their show. In fact, many flamenco greats came out of this “tablao” or traditional flamenco setting.
Address: Plaza Santa Cruz, 11
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.