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The 5 Best Flamenco Shows in Barcelona for Authenticity

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Can we all agree that there’s nothing more passionately Spanish than a night of flamenco?

If you’re coming to Barcelona you’ll be spoiled for choice.

The city’s thriving tourist economy brings the best flamenco dancers from all over the world.

But which are frauds and which are the real thing?

Allow me to lend a hand with my post on the best flamenco in Barcelona.

Where to See the Best Flamenco in Barcelona

Until recently I had to base my information on second hand sources, but now I can officially profess to being an expert on the subject 😛

It started with asking some locals where they thought the best flamenco show in Barcelona was – and the name that kept coming up was the Palacio del Flamenco.

The theater offers three daily shows with different time slots at various price options: the one I chose was the second nightly showing with a tapas dinner.

Here’s how it goes down:

Pre-Show

I got there right on time for the 7:00 pm show and was invited to take a seat in a waiting room. Before the show guests are invited to take in the “Flamenco Experience” – a video (in English) on the origins of flamenco and its primary participants.

At this point two flamenco artists enter the room and say a few things about the technicalities of the music and the dance – they even show guests a few dance steps.

Did I hold up?

Not really! I wasn’t really able to hold the rhythm but don’t worry about making an ass of yourself, I assure you you’ll be in good company. Just let yourself go and enjoy the moment.

The Food and Drinks

From here we head into the theater room where there attentive wait staff rolls out dinner.

The tapas plates are six dishes including meat and fish courses (vegetarian also available): highlights included gambas al ajillo (prawns in a garlic sauce), solomillo con fois gras (a pork sirloin with fois gras), and salmón al lime (salmon with lime sauce).

What about drinks from the bar you say?

The meal also included water and a bottle of wine for every two diners.

With a good quality wine and a solid set of tapas being served the price-quality ratio here is more than acceptable – and we haven’t even heard a note!

Once dinner finishes (at about 8:20 pm, 80 minutes after entering) we start the show.

The Flamenco Show

A group of six musicians take their seats at the back of the stage and begin to play for the dancers.

For an hour dancers come and go on stage and in between the light shows, fantastic dresses, and amazing music the crowd really gets worked up into a fervour!

I don’t wanna end giving out any spoilers but the last dance made a huge impression.

Here’s a sneak preview of the passion:

Ticket Options and Prices

Drink + Show Only

The drink option is sangria, beer, wine, or standard soft drinks.

Adults: €35.00.

Children (12 and under): €22.00.

Dinner + Show

Adult dinner includes paella, a fish appetizer, salad, profiteroles, wine, and water.

The children’s dinner includes spaghetti, chicken, french fries, and soft drink.

Adults: €50.00.

Children (12 and under): €22.00.

Tapas Dinner + Show

Dinner includes a Spanish potato tortilla, calamari in ginger sauce, prawns in garlic, lime salmon, chicken with potatoes, a beef skewer, chocolate profiteroles, sangria or red wine, and water.

Vegetarian options available on request.

Adults and children: €65.00.

Where to Buy Flamenco Tickets

Remember: buying Barcelona flamenco tickets online gives you about a €10.00 discount on any ticket option, so it’s absolutely recommended to buy online.

I recommend doing so at Barcelona Turisme, the official tourist board of the city.

Here you get the lowest prices.

At the same time (at no extra cost to you) I earn small commission to cover the expenses and time I put in… if you think I’ve helped please reserve using the blue buttons below.

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How to Get to the Palacio del Flamenco

The Palacio del Flamenco is situated in one of Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods in what residents would tell you is one of the most sought after locations in all of Barcelona: the Eixample district.

You’ll find some Barcelona flamenco shows on La Rambla but I’ve got to agree with the locals on this one: there’s not a better place to see a show in the whole city, and since the area is less touristy you’re way less likely to be hassled or even pickpocketted.

It’s really easy to get to: 139 Carrer de Balmes is just a few steps outside the Diagonal metro stop (blue line L5 or green line L3). From super-central Plaça Catalunya it’ll take about ten minutes.

Palacio del Flamenco Hacks

Yes, it’s the best flamenco show in Barcelona but remember that you’ve gotta do your part! Here are some hacks to maximize your experience:

  • Show up at least 20 minutes early to ensure your meal doesn’t distract you during the show.
  • If you’re really early put your name in at the desk to ensure closer seats to the stage.
  • Wear layers especially over the holidays as it can get hot with a full theater.
  • It gets dark and tight in the theater at show time: use the washroom beforehand!
  • Skip the VIP seats – they’re the same as the others except you get a glass of sangria.
  • The late show is usually less crowded and more intimate.
  • Consider bringing children since it’s always a hit and great value for them.
  • Don’t get down by the often rushed/impersonal service – it’s about the show!
  • Put your phone on silent and don’t take pictures with flash – the ushers will be mad!
  • If you don’t fancy show+dinner you can get a fantastic dinner at nearby at Napa.

Other Top Barcelona Flamenco Shows

The best place to watch flamenco in Barcelona for price-quality ratio may very well be the Palacio del Flamenco, but there are other options for all tastes and price ranges.

Here’s a list:

Gran Gala Flamenco – Two Shows in One!

The first show you’ll get with this package is even before the artists take the stage.

How? Just take a few steps into the Catalan Music Palace and you’ll be amazed by this jewel in the Catalan modernism crown.

Show aside, the theater itself is one of Barcelona’s top attractions.

Whether you’re in the orchestra or upstairs in the balcony you’ll be blown away by the beauty of the only naturally lit auditorium in Europe, the explosion of colour from its mosaics, and that rainbow teardrop chandelier.

The Flamenco

Yes, you’ll be in the best venue in Barcelona but the flamenco show here is nothing to shake a stick at.

Here you’ll get the whole package with a showcase of different styles of flamenco accompanied by 3 musicians (guitar, violin, and drums), 2 singers, and 4 ballerinas that’ll get you out of your seat with their pirouettes.

Tickets cost €33.25 with a 5% Barcelona Turisme discount using the button below:

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While the show operates on fixed dates the team is often abroad for various flamenco tournaments, so you might not have the opportunity to see them. The good news though is that the same group (called ‘Barcelona y Flamenco’) organizes a substitute show: Opera y Flamenco.

This show is performed by intense and passionate singers and dancers telling a cute (or tragic?) love story through the interpretive dance.

Tickets cost €33.25 with a 5% Barcelona Turisme discount using the button below:

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Careful: sometimes both shows go at the Teatro Poliorama, a smaller and more intimate theater that’s not as impressive as the Palau de la Musica, but the show itself maintains its quality.

Tablao Cordobes

This traditional Barcelona flamenco club has been running since the 19th century and is the only survivor of Barcelona’s golden age of entertainment.

The cozy venue attracts a list of flamenco legends like Farruco, Camarón, Manuela Carrasco and more.

Your tickets include the Great Tasting Festival dinner menu including welcome cocktail, hand carved Serrano ham, canapes, fish and meat courses, and much more all representing different regions in Spain.

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El Patio Andaluz

This 40 year old flamenco show may be in Barcelona but you’ll be whisked away to a replica Andalusian courtyard and be taken through all the different flamenco genres.

A good value, no-hassle flamenco dinner.

Buying these tickets online includes a €10.00 discount.

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The History of Flamenco

Flamenco was born in the South of Spain in the regions of Andalusia, l’Extremadura, and Murcia in the 18th century. While there is no evidence pinning this phenomenon to an exact time and place, the evolution of the dance was found in gypsy populations living in Spain at the time.

To create flamenco artists must fuse cante (song), baile (dance), and toque (musicianship).

The vocal component involves a seated man or woman running the gamut of feelings – joy, tragedy, fear, regret, sadness – through simple, expressive lyrics.

The dancers purvey passion and courtship over a series of complex steps, the complex technique often varying between sexes. Men tend to be heavier on their feet while woman make more calculated, sensual movements.

Though originally a mere accompaniment, the raspy and percussive-like guitar playing during these performances has spawned its own genre and has become an essential part to any good performance.

In November 2010 flamenco was put on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Flamenco in Barcelona today continues to evolve through various interpretations and some of the artists have even become celebrities. If you’d like to take a look on Youtube you can start with guitarist Paco de Lucia an singer Camarón de la Isla.

New Year’s Eve Party

With package parties being the norm in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve it can difficult to find any value anywhere. Luckily you can get a full flamenco experience plus a traditional Spanish NYE party with DJ until 3:00 am.

Options to add a three course gourmet dinner also exist.

Show + drink: €50.00 (kids €22.00)

Dinner + drink: €150.00 (kids €32.00)

Update (28/12/19): tickets for this year’s flamenco party are sold out.

Dance with me in the Comments Below

I’ve gone through the motions and written the article about my opinion on the best flamenco in Barcelona but what have I missed? If you need any extra advise please get in touch using the form below.

Also! If you’ve already seen a show how did you like it? Fire away 🙂

31 comments
  • November 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm
    Sergio
    Hi Ash, I'm currently planning a visit to Barcelona for my wife's birthday - arriving December 3 and leaving on the 8th. Your blog was really an incredible find - it contains soo much and so well structured information! I wanted to specifically book a flamenco evening and I was eyeing Arte Flamenco - but, unfortunately, it looks like this show is currently not running (also the link on this page leads to 404 on barcelonaturisme website). Which other show from your list or elsewhere would you recommend if I was looking for something more fancy on December 4th (preferably) or 5-7? Both show only or show+dinner would be fine and I care more about the quality than the price.
    • November 26, 2019 at 10:43 am
      lucile
      Lucile
      Hola Sergio, Thanks for your kind words :) You are right, the Arte Flamenco show is not running currently, thanks for noticing! Some other shows usually take place in the fancy Palau de la Musica, unfortunately not during your stay in Barcelona... Then, I would recommend the show of Palacio del Flamenco with different dinner options or drink only, you can book your tickets here ;) Let me know if you have any further questions! Cheers
      • November 28, 2019 at 5:20 pm
        Sergio
        Gracias, Lucile! I'll take a look at Palacio del Flamenco then :)
  • August 30, 2019 at 8:53 pm
    Vickie Palmquist
    Hi there, Finishing up on the final touches for our itinerary in Barcelona. Thank you for all of this great and useful information. Planning to do a flamenco show on Wednesday Sept. 4. At Palacio del Flamenco, what are the differences in the type of flamenco? For instance the first show is Falmenco Ole, the next is Flamenco Gipsy, and the last show time is Flamenco Passion. Is one better than the other, or just different styles of Flamenco? Apologies if the answer is somewhere in the comments above. Thank you so much! Vickie
    • August 31, 2019 at 2:58 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Vickie, Honestly I have only attended the Flamenco Ole session and it was great. Not knowing much about the styles/art/steps etc it would be hard for me even to make a comparison, however I've heard positive reviews about all 3. For this reason I'd just book the one which is the most convenient time for you. That said... I want to see if the info is out there so I've just sent them a message asking for more info. I will get back to you if and when ASAP :) Cheers, Ash
  • August 23, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Steven
    Hi Ash, Being that Barcelona has a wide array of food options, do you think the dinner or tapas at Flamenco E Ole are worth getting or should we eat else where? Thanks!!
    • August 24, 2019 at 2:49 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Steven, Honestly the food really holds up at Flamenco E Ole so if you're looking to cut down on travel and an extra reservation it's a fine option. That said, if you're big foodies looking for a unique culinary experience I would reserve elsewhere! Ash
  • June 22, 2019 at 1:41 am
    Brenda C
    Hello, I am wondering, if my flight into Barcelona cancels and I dont get to the flamenco show in time, can I get a refund? I would be attending the day I arrive in Barcelona.
    • June 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Brenda, Unfortunately last minute cancellations or changes are not permitted (they have to be done at least 48 hours before)... however, you could just buy them as soon as you arrive from your mobile at the airport? That wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility :) Ash
  • June 5, 2019 at 8:55 am
    ashley
    Team Member
    Ash
    Hi Jamie, They just got back to me and told me that indeed... the Palacio del Flamenco is the one included in the City Pass that is named 'Flamenco Show City Center'. Ash
  • June 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm
    Jamie R.
    Does the city pass offer a discount to Flamenco e Olé at the Palacio del Flamenco?
    • June 4, 2019 at 10:04 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jamie! I've just sent an email to my contact at Ticketbar... I will let you know about this ASAP :)
  • May 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    Panshul
    Hey, Thank you for the awesome detailed information about Barcelona in such an interesting way... using your blog for planning my trip to Barcelona in May 2019. Since I have never been to a Flamenco show before... is it a formal evening show? something like the Opera? Do I need to be dressed appropriately in formal attire? or I can visit in my simple holiday clothes.. a Jeans and t-shirt? I plan to visit the show at Palacio del Flamenco. Thanks.
    • May 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Panshul, I wouldn't say you have to dress up like the opera... it's hard to say really and honestly comes down to personal taste. There is no real dress code at these kind of things but I would say people dress fairly decently. A t-shirt and jeans are fine by me :) I would just dress the way you would going to a decent restaurant. Ash
  • February 26, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    Jordan
    Hello! Im so excited to see some flamenco! I will be bringing by two children with me but one is going to be only 1. Do you think I will need a ticket for her?
    • June 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm
      Erin L
      Did you ever get an answer? We're planning to attend a show at palacio del flamenco in two weeks and have a one-year-old with us!
    • February 27, 2019 at 11:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jordan, That's great to hear! It seems a bit extreme that they'd ask you to buy a ticket for a 1 year old... but unfortunately I'm not sure. Provided you're using the links to Barcelona Turisme above to purchase what you can do is double check by shooting them a quick email at reservas@barcelonaturisme.com before booking. Please let me know how you get on :) Ash
  • February 21, 2019 at 6:01 am
    SaskieMom
    Hello! Thanks for sharing so much information on your site. It’s wonderful! My mother and I will be in France in May. I see this post is from 2017. After reading reviews, the feedback appears to be most positive for Tablao de Carmen. What are your thoughts on this? Have you attended any other flamenco shows and, if so, would you recommend one over the other? Thank you!
    • February 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Saskie, Indeed the post was originally published in 2017 but it is constantly updated even if I haven't changed the post date. The information is up to date and honestly, having attended both of these shows I can say that it's pretty even. The Tablao de Carmen probably does have extra value as it includes entrance to one of the city's top tourist attractions: Poble Espanyol. If this sounds appealing to you I'd book that one. The Palacio one is more for flamenco beginners and offers more education with the audiovisual presentation and mini lesson. If it's your first time I'd recommend this one. Any any rate you can't go wrong booking either! Ash
    • February 21, 2019 at 6:01 am
      SaskieMom
      Whoops I meant Barcelona, not France!
  • October 20, 2018 at 3:43 am
    mc sadler
    Love your site! Great and generous information. Thank you.
    • October 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      you're very welcome! :)
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