There's almost nothing more "Spanish" than watching Flamenco in Andalusia, including Granada. And seeing a flamenco show in a cave in Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada is really special too. Flamenco is a MUST-DO when visiting Spain in general. Why? And HOW does one choose one Flamenco Tablao over another? How much does a Granada flamenco show cost? What's included in the price of a Flamenco show? How do you know you'lll be getting a high-quality performance? Do you need to make a reservation? How can one find NON-touristic, "authentic flamenco" in Granada"? These are all very good questions. We'll answer them below.
Looking to enjoy a flamenco show in Granada during your visit? See the below directory of Granada tablaos in Sacromonte Caves, in the Albaicin/Albayzin, and throughout Granada City. Included are those which have websites along with a video of a typical flamenco show at their establishments.
Things you never thought to ask about flamenco in Granada and Spain. You might be surprised at some of the answers.
Granada Tablao Directory (those with websites)
CUEVAS LOS TARANTOS - ZAMBRA GITANA
Explanation: "Flamenco show is located in one of the caves of Sacromonte-Granada. For the first show, Los Tarantos offers hotel pickup and transportation to the show, the show itself, and then a bus trip back as far as the Albayzin. (??) For the second show, Los Tarantos offers hotel pickup and transport to the show, the show itself, and then transportation BACK to your hotel. A flamenco dinner-show is also available offering hotel pickup and transportation to the location, dinner at nearby cave Venta El Gallo restaurant, flamenco show at the same cave Venta El Gallo, and then..... you're on your own to get back to your hotel."
Explanation: "Flamenco show is located in one of the caves of Sacromonte-Granada. Venta El Gallo has a 450 person capacity space offering not only "Zambra Gitana" flamenco shows comprised of 14 flamenco artists, dancers, and singers. Venta El Gallo also offers dinner and dinner-flamenco shows. Also "passes" offer hotel pickup and transport to the show, the show itself, a visit to the Albayzín (Barrio Árabe) or a panoramic tour of the Sacromonte with a guide, and then transportation BACK to your hotel. A flamenco dinner-show option is also available."
+34 95 822 476 www.ventaelgallo.com
Barranco Los Negros, 5
22 Euros (copa/drink), 28 Euros (Autobús y copa/Bus and drink), 52 Euros (Autobús y cena/Bus and dinner)
TABLAO FLAMENCO ALBAYZIN
Explanation: "Located at the top of the Albayzin/Albaicin and next to the Mirador de San Cristobal, Tablao Flamenco Albayzín also offers a free tour of the Albayzin - Sacramonte, which lasts about 45 minutes. On returning once again to the Tablao Flamenco Albayzin, we will give you a brief overview of the development of this art form and we will finish the tour giving you some explanations which will help you understand the performances. Then you will have the privilege to behold the enthusiastic and professional performance of our flamenco artists."
+34 (95) 880 4646 www.flamencoalbayzin.com
Ctra. Murcia, s/n, Mirador de San Cristóbal
no prices given but at least 28?Euros (Autobús y copa/Bus and drink)
JARDINES DE ZORAYA
Explanation: "Tablao Flamenco located in Granada's Albayzin/Albaicin and next to the Iglesia del Salvador, Jardines de Zoraya is both a restaurant and a "tablao flamenco". Both areas are equally valued and cared for to offer you the best quality. Having dinner here is an enriching experience. It is almost impossible to describe the sensation of the rythmic vibration of a "taconeo" (heel stamping), you will feel the grace and power of the dancer, intrinsic to the intense art of flamenco."
+34 (95) 820 62 66 www.jardinesdezoraya.com
Calle Panaderos, 32, Albayzin
35 Euros (includes welcome drink and tapa, then dinner and flamenco show)
Questions and Answers about Granada Flamenco
WHY should you see a flamenco show in Granada?
First, because it's so darn entertaining!!! Can you even see anything more Spanish than a flamenco show? Flamenco is generally associated with the southern region of Andalucia - most typically with Seville or Granada. Also, where else in Spain can you see flamenco in a cave but in Granada's Sacromonte neighborhood.
HOW does one choose one Flamenco Tablao over another?
It's a challenge. There are a number of tablaos and flamenco caves in Granada with websites but there are not many places from which to choose. Below, we'll detail only those flamenco tablaos and caves in Granada which have a website simply because most travelers prefer to SEE something of what they're getting before paying. One criteria for choosing a flamenco show could be the price (see next discussion item). But money should not be the ONLY criteria. Other criteria could be the location of the flamenco tablao or cave. Some are Granad's Sacromonte neighboorhod and reaching it can be difficult if going on your own. Also, the Camino de Sacromonte, where most of the cave flamenco shows take place, can be quite dark at night. For this reason, a number of flamenco establishments offer transportation from your hotel. Finally, the most important criteria in choosing flamenco is the quality of the flamenco musicians and flamenco dancers. It's likely that a visit to Spain could be the ONLY opportunity in some travelers' lives to see LIVE flamenco and so they are seeking the best flamenco show in Granada possible. Who can blame them?
HOW MUCH does a Granada flamenco show cost? And WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Flamenco shows in Granada can be expensive. While accepting that expensive is a relative term, we'll assign some guidelines. Generally speaking, the typical price for a flamenco show is about 30 Euros per person. I've seen flamenco shows in Spain for as little as 20 Euros but also for as much as 40 Euros. This cost is ONLY the admission price. Some flamenco tablaos and caves in Granada have kitchen or dinner services available. But ordering a MEAL PLUS SHOW can raise the total flamenco experience price to 60 Euros - per person - and flamenco tablaos are not known for their high quality food. That's not to say the food is bad, no, but the "flamenco food" served is usually just of average quality and prices tend to be inflated. I generally recommend that people have their dinner before or after the flamenco shows to save some money and to vary their evening experience. Most Granada Tablaos will offer a free first drink with your entry and it sometimes accompanies a free tapa like a plate of olives, crackers, or even potato chips. (an odd tapa for a flamenco tablao but common) Subsequent drinks ordered can be expensive.
Do you need to make a RESERVATION FOR FLAMENCO in Granada
ABSOLUTELY! Be sure to make a reservation 1 day in advance if possible, calling after 8pm. You won't be able to make a reservation by casually encountering a tablao or cave on the street - because they won't be open until 8pm at the earliest - but you will be able to write down their phone number to call later. Be forewarned that it's not likely that the person answering the phone will speak English when making your reservation so, if at all possible, make your reservation via email - if they have it - or make the reservation through a tour company or your hotel concierge.
HOW do you know you'll be getting a HIGH-QUALITY PERFORMANCE?
The short answer is, you won't know. Most people in the world don't know anything about flamenco dancing or flamenco music so the client is generally happy with whatever they're "served" as a performance. The better known flamenco tablaos in Granada usually have very good performers, most of which come from Granada or from the Barrio de Sacromonte itself. As is also often the case, performers in any given flamenco cave show may be related, the show being a family business.
How can one find NON-touristic, "AUTHENTIC FLAMENCO" in Granada"?
All the flamenco you'll find in Granada is "Authentic Flamenco". The dancers, in some cases, have studied for years. In other cases they're taught by the family. But finding flamenco tablaos without tourists is a bit of an impossibility. People often write me asking where they can see REAL FLAMENCO without the tourists. The answer is simple. (POSSIBLY) In the houses of Granada gypsies! But no non-gypsy would ever be allowed to enter that society. The gypsy society is a CLOSED society so Gypsy Family Flamenco is only for gypsies and NOT for outsiders. On rare occasions in some bars you'll find "spontaneous flamenco" performed but this only happens when A) flamenco-trained persons are in the bar and B) when the mood strikes these people. So in short, it's truly a hit-or-miss situation where it's more likely you will not see spontaneous flamenco being danced than otherwise. I've only heard stories from 2 people when they saw flamenco being danced at a bar they were visiting one night but the next night they went and there was nothing. Plus, bars in Granada are very small and usually full of people so DANCING of any kind, particularly the swirling FLAMENCO style of dancing, is nearly an impossibility. Finally, only a tiny percentage of non-gypsy women study flamenco anymore (it used to be much more common) and authentic gipsy women generally DO NOT frequent bars.
» Various Important Notes:
» flamenco shows typically start at 10pm and midnight
» many have shows every night of the week
» tips are not necessary but some coins could be left for good service
» waiters may or may not speak English
» some flamenco tablaos do not allow flash photos taken and may not allow video either
» prices are not generally listed on flamenco websites