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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
  • August 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    Kirthi
    Hi Lovely article! Do you know of any flamenco classes in Barcelona? We have already seen a show in Madrid, and now want to dance!
    • August 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kirthi, Unfortunately I don't have any first hand experience or have heard from any of my readers on this front... I did a search among the expat community groups and found nothing of the sort. It's tough since this isn't a very local thing :( You could try Istitut Flamenco: https://www.institutflamenco.com/clases/ or Jose de la Vega: http://josedelavega.com/ But I wouldn't be able to comment on the quality I'm afraid :( Hope you find what you're looking for! Ash
  • August 28, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    Raghu
    Can we book Palacio del Flamenco with barcelona city pass?
  • August 21, 2018 at 7:25 am
    HIMANI JAIN
    Hey, thanks for such a precious wealth of info! Me and my friend are doing one flamenco show in Granada inside one of the caves. We'd like a completely different flavor while we are in Barcelona from 21-23 September. We are staying in Eixample. Do you recommend TABLAO CARMEN, after finishing the Montjuïc hill - not sure if we can do the magical fountain on the same evening? Or you'd rather ercommend from the first few that look more mainstream? Had also read about the flamenco+guitar performances at Palau de la Musica. Would appreciate your inputs.
    • August 21, 2018 at 9:44 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Himani, You're welcome for the info, I hope I can help :) I definitely recommend Tablao Carmen for its quality and also for its proximity to the fountain show. It is certainly doable provided you book the first session of the evening - the show that starts at 7 pm. At this point you'll have more than enough time to get down the hill to the fountain show, and perhaps even time for a coffee or glass of wine. Unfortunately I haven't yet seen the guitar-flamenco performances at Palau de la Musica but I can assure you there that the productions are done to a very a high standard. Should you book I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Ash
      • August 21, 2018 at 11:44 am
        HIMANI JAIN
        Great input, thanks. There is a show at 6 : 30 pm. I guess that's the one that we will have to book
        • August 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Yes indeed that's the one :) Let me know if you need any more help, I'm always here (more or less) with some advice.
  • May 22, 2018 at 10:41 am
    James
    Nice write up! Do you know if there are any Flamenco shows during the day, say from 1200 to 1700? We have a 1 year old, and anything after 1800 doesn't really work for us. The earliest show I could find was at 1800. Thanks!
    • May 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi James, I've looked all over and have come to the same conclusion since flamenco is usually an evening/dinner thing that you're probably out of luck unless you can make the early dinner show. I will keep my eyes open and ask around, any news you'll be the first to know! Ash
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