Flamenco shows in Seville are on offer all over the city. Most guidebooks warn against visiting the touristy “shows” or tablaos on the grounds that they’re not genuine. Personally we think these places offer a good night out and we’ve had no complaints from Spanish Fiestas customers. There are different ways to enjoy flamenco in Seville ranging from popular tourist shows with dinner to more informal affairs in flamenco bars. They are held in a number of quite different venues:
- Tablaos: These are the most traditional of locales which were once old singing cafés where flamenco dancers and musicians would meet to practice their art. Nowadays these venues consist of a stage facing rows of seats for the audience. The more commercial tablaos are set up with separate tables where guests can enjoy dinner or tapas during the performance.
- Peñas: Anyone looking to find some pure flamenco should seek out one of these venues which are private functions where local artists, both amateur and professional, get together to perform. They are often located in local neighbourhoods rather than in the tourist centre and have very few foreigners amongst the small audiences.
- Cultural Centres: Considering the wider interest in flamenco generated by tourism to Seville, a number of these venues have popped up in the city. They are more geared to the history and culture of flamenco rather than creating a tourist spectacle out of it. The best known of these flamenco shows in Seville is Casa de la Guitarra.
Best Flamenco Shows in Seville with Dinner
Below we’ve listed some of the best known places to watch flamenco in Seville where you can enjoy dinner or tapas before the performance.
El Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos
Address: Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11
This long established tablao is one of the oldest in the city which has seen many of Spain’s greatest flamenco artists on its stage. The venue has a professional cast who perform traditional flamenco: guitar, voice and dance. It is the nearest you’ll get to the real thing. Los Gallos is a very small tablao so visitors should be sure to book tickets in advance. There are two daily shows which last about 75 minutes. These begin at 7pm and 8.45pm. It’s a nice idea to go for tapas first in Barrio Santa Cruz then go to the show. Check their website to confirm the latest prices.
El Tablao Flamenco el Arenal
Address: Rodo, 7
Housed in a historic 17th century building close to the city’s famous Maestranza bullring, this well-known tablao is one of the best places in Seville to watch flamenco. The show includes as many as 20 flamenco artists who perform a mixture of song, dance and Spanish in different styles. It’s a small venue so booking is essential and visitors can choose to have a drink, tapas or dinner before shows when making reservations. Along with Los Gallos, this is one of the most famous flamenco venues in all of Spain.
There are two daily shows, the first at 7pm and the second at 9.30pm with each performance lasting just over an hour. Check their website for times and latest prices.
Tablao Flamenco El Patio Sevillano
Address: Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 11
Since opening its doors in 1952, this is the longest established and most popular tablaos in Seville. It was 21 years later that El Patio Sevillano settled in its current location on the banks of the River Guadalquivir near the Triana bridge. Today it offers one of the most authentic flamenco shows in town which includes different styles of music and dance performed by around 20 flamenco artists. Dinner options are available for visitors before performances.
There are two shows per night at 7pm and 9.30pm which last around 90 minutes each. Check their website to confirm times and check latest prices.
El Palacio Andaluz
Calle Matemáticos Rey Pastor y Castro, 4
Located to the north of the city centre on Isla Cartuja, this is another popular flamenco venue in Seville where guests can enjoy dinner before the start of the performance. The show itself consists of around 20 flamenco musicians and dancers who perform an impressive selection of ‘palos’ (styles of flamenco) such as sevillanas, bulerías, soleás, alegrías, seguiriyas, fandangos and tangos. This is a great flamenco show for those who are keen to see these quite distinct styles.
The two daily shows begin at 7pm and 9.30pm with each lasting approximately 90 minutes. The venue is also home to a Museum of Flamenco and Andalusian Art of Seville which is well worth a visit. Check their website for the latest price and performance information.
Tablao Flamenco La Cantaora Sevilla
Calle Albareda, 22
This is a relatively new arrival on the flamenco scene which is part of a project supported by the Andalusian Ministry of Tourism. The tablao is unique in its focus on creating the atmosphere of a 19th-century singing café where the song and dance of the original gipsy flamenco is performed by renowned flamenco artists.
Shows last one hour and take place at 7pm and 9pm daily. Dinner or tapas can also be booked when making reservations.
Flamenco Shows in Seville without Dinner
Casa de la Memoria
Calle Cuna nº6
If you’d prefer to avoid the touristy flamenco show with dinner/drink style performance then Casa de la Memoria is a good alternative. Traditional flamenco shows take place here every night in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz. The historic venue was formerly the old stables of the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija which dates back to the 16th century.
There are two evening shows at 6pm and 7.30pm which last for just one hour. It’s a good idea to collect tickets earlier in the day as many shows sell out.
Tablao Pura Esencia Sevilla
Calle Betis, 56
Overlooking the Rio Guadalquivir in the Barrio de Triana, this tiny venue offers an intimate flamenco show to a small audience. The passion of the singers, dancers and musicians is truly magnificent. Shows begin daily at 8.30pm and last for one hour.
Calle Céspedes 21
If you’d like to get a taste of flamenco in Seville but don’t fancy attending one of the established shows listed above then this might be just the place for you. La Carbonería isn’t a traditional tablao but is a bar which has informal flamenco music in a great atmosphere. No tickets are required and there’s no entrance fee which ensures that it’s popular with tourists and locals.
There are three shows per night beginning at 8.30pm with each lasting for 30 minutes. It’s worth arriving early to get the best seats.
Casa de la Guitarra
Mesón del Moro 12
This is a cultural centre in Barrio de Santa Cruz where one-hour long flamenco shows take place daily at 7:30pm and 9:00pm. Tickets also include a visit to the venue’s Guitar Museum which hosts a permanent exhibition of flamenco guitars dating back to 1800. Guitar enthusiasts might also look into the centre’s programme of lectures dedicated to local culture and the history of the guitar.
Mercado de Triana
Taking place on a small stage set up amongst Triana market’s food stalls, this is quite a unique experience for visitors to Seville. Shows take place daily at 6.30pm and 8pm and last for an hour. The passion shown by the performers is something to behold and leaves the small audience mesmerized. The venue also serves as a general theatre which offers an interesting program of theatre, film and music throughout the year.
La Casa del Flamenco-Auditorio Alcántara
Calle Ximénez de Enciso 28
The Alcántara Auditorium is a cultural centre which host flamenco shows in the inner courtyard of a 15th century palace-house in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood. This is a no frills hour-long show, performed on a small stage with a small audience. The venue also hosts theatre, concerts and exhibitions and provides accommodation in its own hotel for visitors who’d like to stay in the city’s historic Jewish quarter. Check their website for the times of flamenco shows.
Museo Del Baile Flamenco
Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos 3
This is a flamenco museum which is quite a unique venue for flamenco shows where visitors can also learn more about this great art form. The Museo del Baile Flamenco is one of most famous flamenco places in Seville which attracts quite large crowds to its performances. This is without doubt one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville with daily shows at 5pm, 7pm and 8.45pm. Check their website for availability.
Tablao Flamenco Andalusí
Calle Arenal, 3
A relatively new addition to the local flamenco scene, this intimate venue lies in the heart of the historic centre near the Maestranza bullring. They have a small cast of dancers and musicians who produce one of the best flamenco shows in Seville. Shows last for one hour at 6.30pm and 8.30pm every evening. Check their website for more details.
Tablao Flamenco Orillas de Triana
Calle Castilla, 94
This is a Cultural Association which offers flamenco performances from Wednesday to Saturday at 8.30pm. The show focuses on traditional flamenco but doesn’t have a fixed format so every performance tends to be a little different. The venue shares space with the Flamenquería Sevilla school where anyone who is interested can sign up for flamenco classes. More details appear on their website.