The best places to watch Flamenco in Barcelona

Originally born in the South of Spain, the passionate dance style of Flamenco is one of Spain’s most recognised traditions. The oldest record of Flamenco dates all the way back to 1774, and has been heavily influenced by the Romani people, however it is also a style that is uniquely Andalusian.

The rest of Spain (and particularly Barcelona) has taken the style under its wing and has successfully extended its Southern routes to all regions of España. Now, no matter which region you’re in, you are guaranteed to find an amazing Flamenco show if you only know where to look.

Here are some of our favourite places to watch a Flamenco performance in Barcelona…

Los Tarantos

Founded in 1963, Los Tarantos is one of the city’s oldest Flamenco venues and is located just off Las Ramblas in the exquisite Plaça Reial. Heading to Los Tarantos will give you an authentic Flamenco experience in a spectacular setting you are not likely to forget in a hurry.

Los Tarantos Barcelona

The history of the club dates back to the early sixties, although it is mostly known for its later era in the early nineties when it underwent renovations and welcomed a new generation of flamenco artists. In more recent years, Los Tarantos’ Flamenco sessions have featured toque, and cante y baile (flamenco guitar playing with singing and dancing) by some of the best local emerging talent. Who knows, a trip to Los Tarantos might just see you discover a talented Flamenco artist right at the start of their career…

Los Tarantos hosts three or four shows every evening, each lasting approximately thirty minutes. It can be found at the address, Plaça Reial, 17.

Tablao de Carmen

If you are looking for a truly Spanish night out, head to Tablao de Carmen next to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic to enjoy not just a Flamenco show, but a delectable dinner as well. A homage to the great dancer Carmen Amaya, Tablao de Carmen lives and breathes everything that the Flamenco dance style embodies.

Tablao de Carmen Barcelona

The head chef at Tablao de Carmen, Juanjo Martínez, is the third generation of a family devoted to gastronomy and whose family restaurant has also been awarded a Michelin star. Martínez offers diners a choice of four exclusive menus guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. For an intimate Flamenco show and a tantalisingly tasty dinner, Tablao de Carmen offers you the ultimate Flamenco experience.

Tablao de Carmen can be found on Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13.

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona y Flamenco

We suggest making a visit to Palau de la Música Catalana anyway during your trip to the city, and what better way to combine the two by watching a Flamenco show at the Palace! One of the most beautiful and romantic spots in Barcelona, the Palau is the perfect place for a date night, or somewhere to go if you just want to live in a fairy tale for a few short hours. In fact, the palace is so breathtaking, it has been recognised as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites!

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona y Flamenco

‘Barcelona y Flamenco’ run the most famous Flamenco productions in the city, their shows based on love stories between dancers beautifully interwoven with opera music or traditional Spanish guitar. This unforgettable experience cannot be missed if you’re looking to enjoy a Flamenco performance in one of the most beautiful venues on the Mediterranean coast.

You can find the Palau de la Música Catalana on its very own street, Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Founded in 1970, this family business also offers the chance to dine at the same time as enjoying an amazing Flamenco performance. Business owners Irene and Luis both started by running a series of artistic productions that brought the majority of the country’s Flamenco legends to the Tablao, making it the most important meeting place in Spain for Flamenco enthusiasts during the democratic transition years. The tablao also created the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Foundation in 2010, with the aim of promoting the fundamental values of Flamenco and classifying them, helping to keep their relevance permanent within the country’s cultural scene.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

When you book a dinner and show at Cordobes, you can chose from an extended menu of tapas, salads, or a buffet dinner, followed by a vibrant and captivating performance in the tablao.

The tablao can be found at Las Ramblas, 35.

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona.

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Comments (12)

  1. Brian says:

    Is there anything that is more quintessentially Spanish than Flamenco? The drama and the passion are an essential part of any Spanish holiday. This is a great list. Total inspiration for a long weekend in Barcelona a four night flamenco festival.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Brian, we’re so happy you like our post! A four night Flamenco festival sounds like a great plan…

  2. Nick says:

    I could spend a few days just going round Barcelona taking photos of flamenco dancers. I’m just an amateur but I can see the potential. Flamenco is such a visual feast. All those swirling colours and fabrics.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Nick, thanks for your comment. We love Flamenco just as much are you! We are always in awe of all the colours and beautiful dresses…

  3. Zoe says:

    Life isn’t a spectator sport. I like to get involved when I’m travelling. Is there anywhere in Barcelona that offers Flamenco dancing lessons? I’d like to have a go. It would be a good way of getting to know the locals.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Zoe, yes there are loads of places to go for Flamenco classes in Barcelona. Why not have a look on meetup.com, or look out for flyers around the city with advertisements for local classes!

  4. Sumit Chauhan says:

    I wish, if i can spend sometimes of life at this places and get real experience to listen the most popular singer.

  5. Liam says:

    Guys, stop spreading your own clichés. Flamenco has nothing to do with Barcelona and the culture from Catalunia.

    Go to see some in Andalucia where it belongs.

    It’s like if an european would come to see bluegrass concerts in New York. Yes you can probably finds some but ….

    • Paul Johnson says:

      But what, Liam?

      What you’ve mentioned here was covered by the opening two paragraphs of the article.

    • Sandra Roig says:

      Hi Liam, thanks for your comment. Although Flamenco is originally from Andalucia, we think it’s a dance style that can be enjoyed all throughout Spain. Why miss out on an amazing Flamenco peformance just because you’re not watching it where it is originally from?

  6. Sharon Mason says:

    Thanks for this. Our daughter lives in Barcelona so we visit frequently. She took us to a tiny flamenco club that was wonderful, but she swore me to secrecy so it doesn’t get overrun with Tripadvisor readers. :-)

  7. Andrew says:

    I’ve always found flamenco fascinating but have only caught glimpses in street performances and on TV. It would be great to experience a full show of it, so I can truly appreciate the intricacies and history of this dance.

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