Flamenco shows

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Flamenco! (Photo courtesy of El Tablao de Carmen)

Break out the castanets for a Flamenco show in Barcelona

A lacemaker working in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol.
Part of the Flamenco show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés. (Photo courtesy of Tablao Flamenco Cordobés)
Inspired by the medieval tribulations of Spain’s Jews and Moors, and influenced by gypsy rhythms and style, the exotically fluid dance known as the flamenco heats up the night in two of Barcelona’s bars.

Admittedly, these shows are put on for the tourists—you have to head to Madrid, or better yet, Andalusia, the birthplace of flamenco—for more authentic versions.

But if Barcelona is your only chance to experience the hand-clapping, guitar-strumming lifebeat of this folk art, try one of the following shows. Each lasts roughly an hour. Be sure to check online or call to confirm show times and prices.

Tip: Note that El Tablao de Carmen is not only a bit cheaper all around (save for the afternoon matinée at Cordobés), but it also includes entry to the Poble Espanyol, itself an €11 value.

Tips & Links

How long does a flamenco show last?

Planning your day: The shows themselves usually last around an hour (50–70 minutes), but you want to get there early for good seats. The ones that include dinner last a good 2–3 hours total.

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Save with the Barcelona Card

The Barcelona Card gets you a discount at just about all of the flamenco venues listed above: 20% off each of Tablao Flamenco Cordobés, El Patio Andaluz, Opera y Flamenco, or the Nervión Tabalo Flamenco; or €5 off the Palacio del Flamenco.

You can also get discounts at some of them with the Hop-on/hop-off bus ticket.

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Barcelona tourist info: Barcelonaturisme.com (info office), Guiadelocio.com (events mag); Catalunya.com (regional info), Spain.info

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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