Flamenco dance originated in south of Spain, in Andalusia province. It is a part of folklore of gitanos, Spain native traveler ethnic groups, and it is believed it started in 18th century. It is very passionate and powerfull dance of men and women, performed with the sound of flamenco guitars, rhythmic clapping of accompanied band and songs sung by one or more performers.
Lyrics of flamenco dance songs vary, depending on the mood of the performers and singers and can go from love and jovial songs to sad and desperate songs of anguish and pain.
Barcelona is not actually the place where flamenco dance originated, but there are several very good places where you can enjoy flamenco dance, music and songs. Places where flamenco is performed are called tablaos (tables). Here are top five flamenco tablaos in Barcelona.
1. Tablao Flamenco Cordobes
Opened since 1970, this place is the most popular tablao in Barcelona. Located on popular La Rambla, it is easy to find and enjoy professional performances. It is famous for providing unplugged performances with very authentic sound and feel of flamenco.
Address: La Rambla, 35, Barcelona
2. Tablao de Carmen
This venue is located in Poble Espanyol, authentic model village, built originally form 1929 exhibition. Features authentic look and feel, with intimate setting for drinks and dinner with flamenco dance performers immediately next to guests.
Address: Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
3. Los Tarantos
One of the oldest flamenco venue in Barcelona, dating back from 1963, Los Tarantos has undergone several renvations through the decades and now it has lost authentic looks, but music and performances are still very much authentic and enjoyable.
Address: Plaça Reial, 17, Barcelona
4. The Palacio del Flamenco
The largest flamenco dance venue in Barcelona, located in vibrant Eixample district, Palacio del Flamenco offers somewhat sophisticated flamenco experience as the sound is amplified with speakers (due to venue size, of course), but the atmosphere is still very friendly and enjoyable. It features central elevated stage for entire audience to enjoy the performance.
Address: Carrer de Balmes, 139
5. Robadors 23
This is a bit of a hidden gem, as it is located in off the beaten path location, in El Raval and it is not exclusively flamenco dance venue. There are jazz performances as well. It is popular with locals who like intimate and genuine flamenco atmosphere and if you happen to attend any of the flamenco show you will surely enjoy it!
Address: Carrer d’En Robador, 23
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