If you know a little bit about Spain and Catalonia, you must know that flamenco is usually related to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. And yes, that part of the country is the cradle of flamenco, and the place where most of its famous artists, like Camarón de la Isla, were born. However, Barcelona received several waves of immigrants along the 20th century, which contributed to create a strong community in the city and its surroundings where flamenco was loved and cultivated. In fact, some genres that appeared came straight from it, like the rumba catalana, a music genre developed in the 50s by Barcelona’s gipsy community.
Unfortunately, nowadays the love for flamenco in Barcelona has declined, and most of the spectacles are usually focused on tourism. However, there are still some places where you can catch the real thing. Don’t miss our list!
Top places to see Flamenco in Barcelona
In the following list, you will find several options to see flamenco in Barcelona, both alternative and touristy.
- Tablao del Carmen: Yes, it’s a commercial flamenco place, and the audience is formed by tourists, but they offer quite a consistent show. Besides, it’s a sure way to catch a flamenco show, since the others have a less stable agenda.
- Robadors 23: This small cave-like place probably offers the best and most real flamenco show in Barcelona. They have a monthly schedule that can change, but expect flamenco jam sessions on Sundays at around 9 pm and a flamenco show on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at around 9 or 10 pm. We recommend to go early, since the place is small and cosy – which will make you enjoy the show even more! They also have jazz sessions, hip hop and other kinds of music on other nights.
- Bar 7: Also located in Ciutat Vella, but this tie in the Gothic Quarter. This pub offers flamenco nights every Friday. As with Robadors 23, we recommend you to go early, since it is even smaller.
- Palau de la Música: Check also the agenda of the Palau de la Música, since they sometimes program flamenco shows, or concerts inspired or including flamenco. Besides, you’ll get to see it in one of the most impressive buildings of the city of Barcelona.
Now you have options to see flamenco in Barcelona for all kinds of tastes. Don’t forget to tell us about your experience in the comments!