People who think of Spain, immediately think of flamenco dancing. This dance is mostly performed in the south of the country, Andalusia. The capital and largest city of Andalusia is Sevilla. No other city in Spain is more known for flamenco dancing as this one! Even though no one knows the official origin of the dance form, Sevilla had a big influence in the development of flamenco. In 2010 UNESCO Inscribed flamenco in on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Seeing a flamenco show is a must in Sevilla. As you can imagine, there are a lot of different locations to choose from. The largest location to see professional flamenco is the massive 400-seat Palacio Andaluz, housed in a converted warehouse on the edge of the city center. It’s even possible to have dinner during the show. If you want a more personal performance you can go to the smaller 110-seat capacity Tablao El Arenal, located in a beautiful, colonial building near the bullring. At this bullring, Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, you can also see flamenco shows. Here the performers dance with a little more fire in their bellies. Of course there are many other bars, peñas as locals call them, among the city that offer shows. Just walk around and you will be lucky enough to stumble up on one. These shows will just be less professional and more improvised.
(Prices for flamenco shows varied from 30euro to 70euro. Depending if you want to have dinner or not.)
Every year, in the middle of April, Sevilla celebrates “Feria”. This is a big party week to celebrate the Christians took over Sevilla of the Moors in the year 1248. What is means is the city is full of happy, drinking and dancing people. All the women and girls dress up in beautiful flamenco dresses and the streets become their stage! This is an experience you cannot miss if you want to see true Andalusian flamenco dancing. Just take someone by the hand and they will be happy to teach you the love and passion that comes with this art form!