If there is something Spain is famous for, is flamenco, you may have never seen a flamenco show in Madrid, well, never is too late. Here you have the best flamenco shows in Madrid.
I have to recommend you to see one, at least, once in your life.
I leave you 12 places to see flamenco shows in Madrid, some include a drink with the ticket and in others you have the option to dine while watching the show.
I went recently to Essential Flamenco, a local flamenco show, but I leave you different options, I am sure that at least one of them is the one you need and are looking for.
TABLAO VILLA ROSA
I begin this article of flamenco tablaos in Madrid with the mythical and recently reopened: Tablao Villa Rosa.
Last March 4, 2021, the oldest tablao in the world, the Villa Rosa, hosted its last show to close its doors forever.
More than a year later, this flamenco tablao founded in 1911 on the site of an old chocolate mill, reopens its doors.
The tablao was going to be demolished to open a themed restaurant, but thanks to Ivana Portolés, owner of Tablao Cardamomo and the dancer Antonio Canales, it has reopened, hopefully for many years to come.
The Tablao Villa Rosa is open from Monday to Sunday with shows at 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm depending on the day you will find three, two or one session a day.
World famous singers, guitarists and dancers have performed there: Fernanda de Utrera, Lola Flores, Imperio Argentina, Juanito Valderrama, Juan Varea, Miguel de Molina, Antonio Mairena, Antonio Arenas, José Antonio Díaz Fernández «Chaquetón», Pepe Marchena and many more.
This show have been seen by royalty such as King Alfonso XIII, bohemians like Hemingway, or actresses like Ava Gardner.
The show lasts one hour and includes a drink.
Booking your tickets you can choose the area of the tablao from which you want to enjoy the show:
- Zone A: the closest to the stage.
- Zone A2: the furthest away.
I have seen the show seated in the last row of tables and I have seen it very well.
I was seated at the tables just in front of the tablao, I do not know how it will be seen from the side tables.
If you have the option, ask for the tables in front of the tablao.
The day I went, the show lasted about an hour and a quarter and I was delighted. The quality of the artists seemed to me marvellous.
That day there were 3 dancers, one of them a Spanish dancer, a dancer, two guitars and 3 voices.
I can only recommend you to go see this show, I am sure you will not regret it.
You can see a small sample here.
Last March i went to see flamenco in Madrid, and specifically I went to this proximity show, i wanted to live the experience more closely.
Essential Flamenco is located in the historic brick cave they have in their basement.
It seems to me that it is the perfect place for this kind of show, since being an original room with more than a century old, it has unbeatable acoustics that makes microphones and amplifiers not necessary.
Your ticket includes a drink. I ordered a tinto de verano.
One thing I really liked about this show is that before the dancers and the whole group of artists start working, they give you a brief introduction about the origins of flamenco and its development.
The show is available from Monday to Sunday and lasts about an hour.
There are up to 3 shows a day depending on the day of the week (17:45, 19:15 and 20:45).
Another of the best flamenco shows in Madrid is the Tablao Torres Bermejas, which was inaugurated in 1960.
What makes it special is its hall, which reproduces the interior of the Bermejas Towers of the Alhambra in Granada, if you have visited it you are sure that seeing flamenco in this tablao brings back very good memories.
Camarón performed here for 12 years and it was within its walls that he met guitarist Paco de Lucía.
Other great flamenco artists who have performed here include: Manolo Caracol, José Mercé, El Güito, Mario Maya, Chunga, Fosforito, Pansequito, Enrique de Melchor, Paco Cepero…
See a flamenco show at the tablao Torres Bermejas, is undoubtedly a very good option.
In Torres Bermejas you have the option to see the show and have dinner, they offer 3 types of menu:
- Show + season menu
- Show + fandango menu
- Show + Guajira menu
If you want to know what includes each menus, click on the ticket reservation button or here and, in the complete information you will find everything included in each menus.
There is a vegetarian and halah menu option, and you have the option to choose your show in English or Spanish.
You can see flamenco at Torres Bermejas from Monday to Sunday. There are two daily shows, at 19:00 and 21:00.
The show lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes and is recommended for people over 13 years old.
TABLAO LA CARMELA
The Tablao de flamenco La Carmela is a mystical place full of history where you will enjoy an experience that fuses traditional gastronomy and first class flamenco artists.
Some of the artists you can see in this mythical tablao are: Remedios Amaya, Farru, el Carpeta, Kiki Morente, Juan Andrés Maya, La Lupi… and much more.
This flamenco show in Madrid can be enjoyed from Monday to Sunday with two daily shows (at 19:30 and 21:00), it lasts approximately 1 hour.
You have a lot of types of tickets:
- Flamenco show + 1 drink (beer, wine or soft drink) for 1 person.
- Flamenco show + snack for 2 people
- Flamenco show + normal dinner for 2 people
- Flamenco show + VIP dinner for 2 people
The snack menu can be taken during the show, if you have chosen any of the other menus you will have dinner before or after the show.
Click here to see what each menu includes.
TABLAO LA QUIMERA
The Tablao Flamenco La Quimera is located in the heart of Madrid, very close to Plaza Mayor.
It may be a lesser known tablao to see flamenco in Madrid but what makes it interesting and different is, that the artists do not have any script or a structural composition, they just let themselves be carried away by improvisation, emotion and the feeling that inspires them flamenco, what is defined with the word duende.
The show lasts about an hour and a quarter you will enjoy dancing and singing, no microphones are used.
Simply with the a cappella voice, the guitar chords and the compass of the dancers when they stamp their heels will fill the stage and transmit all the passion that an art such as flamenco dance exudes.
My friend Marine is a huge fan of this show, she has been lots of times and has told me that it always feels different and with a lot of connection between the artists.
The ticket includes a drink but if you feel like dinner, you also have the option to purchase the show + dinner ticket.
To see what’s on the menu click here.
My recommendation is that if you go with several people, order all different dishes (you have a lot of delicious options for main courses) and share them, so you will taste more of the rich Spanish gastronomy.
You can see this show from Monday to Sunday with two shows a day, at 19:30 and 21:00.
OLÉOLÁ POR CRISTINA HOYOS
The recently reopened Teatro Eslava has just opened what may be the most talked flamenco show in Madrid this year: OléOlá by Cristina Hoyos.
This show is different from all other you can see in the article because it is actually a musical that goes through the history of flamenco.
It is also a show-dinner where gastronomy, passion, art, and the heels of flamenco are combined in the same space.
The creators of this very special show are Cristina Hoyos (one of the great names of flamenco in Spain) and Jose Carlos Plaza (a reference of the stage with several national theater awards).
Its staging is the best sample of contemporary flamenco, accompanied by a dinner with local products.
The Eslava Theater is very, very big (and very nice), so you have plenty of types of tickets to see OléOlá:
- Entrance on Floor 0 + Alma Menu
- Entrance on Floor 0 + Palmas Menu
- Entrance on Floor 1 + Palmas Menu
- Entrance on Floor 1 + drink
- Entrance on Floor 2 + drink
Please note that if you go in a group, you will have to buy all tickets in the same transaction so that you will be seated together.
There is a vegan menu option (choose it when buying the tickets).
Check here what is included in each menu.
This flamenco show can be seen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
It lasts approximately 3 hours (dinner + show).
Doors open at 20:00 and dinner starts around 20:30.
It is recommended for people over 18 years old. Minors from 10 years old can access if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
On show days you can buy your ticket at the box office from 17:00, but I recommend you to buy it online to ensure a place the day you really want to go.
EL CORRAL DE LA MORERÍA
Another best flamenco shows in Madrid is El Corral de la Morería, people like George Bush, Harrison Ford, Pablo Picasso, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock or Salvador Dalí have seen shows on this tablao.
The Corral de la Morería has been awarded as the best flamenco tablao in the world by the Festival Internacional del Cante de las Minas, and has been selected by the book 1000 places to see before you die, as a must-see.
Its location is privileged, as it is very close to the Royal Palace of Madrid.
It was founded in 1956, and since then figures such as Isabel Pantoja, La Chunga, Antonio Gades, Pastora Imperio or Blanca del Rey have danced on its stage.
The flamenco show at Corral de la Morería can be seen from Monday to Sunday with up to 4 daily shows (17:30, 18:00, 18:30 and 21:10), the ticket includes a drink and lasts 70 minutes.
You will see a total of nine artists: two bailaores, one bailaora, one cantaora, three cantaores and two guitarists.
If you feel like having dinner to make your experience even better, El Corral de la Morería offers these menus:
- Soleá Menu.
- Alegrías Menu.
Click here to see what includes each menu.
The Corral de la Morería restaurant has one Michelin star.
SUITE GADES en el TEATRO MAGNO
For the first time in Spain we can see a show that combines the best of flamenco and the dance style of Antonio Gades, one of the most admired dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century.
Some of his already mythical choreographies come to the Teatro Magno under the artistic direction of Stella Arauzo.
In this show you will see flamenco with touches of Spanish dance, an original and unique experience that will transport you to the world of Antonio Gades.
The show consists of eight artists on stage: two dancers, including Stella Arauzo, two dancers, two guitarists and two singers, all of them with the adaptation of María Esteve (daughter of Gades) and Eugenia Eiriz.
Admission includes a drink (soft drink, beer or glass).
The flamenco show lasts approximately 1 hour.
And it is recommended for all ages and children under 4 years old who do not occupy a seat do not pay admission.
You can see Suite Gades:
- Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 19h. and 21:30h.
- Sundays at 18h. and 20
TABLAO LA MANUELA
The next of the places to see flamenco in Madrid I propose you is less central than the others, but therefore it is much cheaper and includes a drink and tapas menu with show.
In the Tablao La Manuela you can enjoy the best flamenco artists in one of the most intimate tablaos in Madrid. The capacity is very small.
Singers, dancers and guitarists will show you the roots of this art.
They only have shows on Fridays at 21:30 and Saturdays at 21:00.
The duration is one hour and a half.
The Spanish tapas menu varies according to the day. The drink is a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink.
Another of the most famous and demanded tablaos in Madrid is Tablao Cardamomo.
It has been recommended by the American newspaper The New York Times, describing it as: «Flamenco is the language of the heart in living flesh that raises its voice and awakens the skin and soul of the world».
In this tablao you can see one of the best flamenco shows in Madrid has more than 20 years of experience and has witnessed the outpouring of feelings of artists such as Joaquín Cortés, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Jorge Pardo, Antonio Carmona, Ramón El Portugués, Tomatito or Raimundo Amador.
The show lasts between 50 minutes and an hour and can be seen from Monday to Sunday.
There are up to 4 shows a day, depending on the day of the week (18:00, 19:30, 21:00 and 22:30). I am sure that one of them fits into your daily schedule.
The location of this well-known tablao is quite central, it is in the heart of the «barrio de las letras», specifically in Calle Echegaray, where some of the most famous cocktail bars of the capital of Spain are also located.
You have much more information about this tablao in this dedicated post.
The Teatro Flamenco de Madrid is located in the hall of the classic comic theater Teatro Alfil, on Calle Pez in the Malasaña district.
It offers best flamenco shows in Madrid from Monday to Sunday at different times.
Depending on the day there can be up to two shows (18:00 and 20:00).
The theater is divided into two floors, has an area of 300 square meters, and seats up to 220 people.
The Teatro Flamenco de Madrid operates under the artistic direction of guitarist Antonio Andrade and dancer Úrsula Moreno.
Important: The theater seats are not numbered. You can occupy the seat you want according to availability when you arrive at the theater.
If this makes you uneasy, you can reserve a ticket with seats in the first rows when you buy your ticket, which will guarantee you a seat in the first three rows of the theater.
The show lasts 60 minutes and includes 1 drink.
I hope this article with best flamenco shows in Madrid will be helpful.
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