3 nights in Madrid

May 27th, 2017, 05:37 AM
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@kimhe Thank you!!! What do you think abt my post above for royal palace and museo cerralbo in the same night when they are free? Will the timing work and do you know if the lines will be very long? If so, maybe we will not take advantage of the free time.

I keep seeing people post that the flamenco show was one of the hi lights of their trip. When I showed my husband and 17 year old son a video, they said they were not interested at all in seeing that so I disregarded it. They are very much into anything sport related and interesting history. I keep wondering if I should just book anyways and hope that we are pleasantly surprised. hmmmmm Maybe if one is not too $$$ it will be worth a shot. I will look into your recommendations for this.
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May 27th, 2017, 05:47 AM
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@ kimhe corraldelemoreria says its 199.00 euro just for show, no food and I can't find the other one you suggested in english. My boys are saying no way for that price. Can you recommend any small venues that are less $$ and still decent? We will also be in Seville before Madrid, maybe we could also see one there if there is nothing that fits this criteria in Madrid?

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May 27th, 2017, 05:52 AM
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Haven't been to either the Royal Palace or the Museo Cerralbo in my many visits to Madrid, so I can't help you with that ;-) But the Palace looks great, an the gardens and Plaza outside is wonderful, and the Cerralbo museum will be on the list for my next visit here, so thanks!

When it comes to flamenco, most flamenco on youtube are miles away from what you'll experience in the best Madrid venues.

These videos are all from tablaos in Madrid, and they will give you and the guys an idea. Not only dance, but powerful song and guitar also.
Paloma Fantova: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1dBPiWPfAQ
Belén Lopez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hbhkIWSX-Q
Farruquito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmW2oNDoHWE
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May 27th, 2017, 07:23 AM
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MH went with me to a flamenco show but was not impressed or interested.
( and we saw Belen Lopez !)
It is not for everyone especially considering the cost .
( it is not just men..lol.. my girlfriend said flamenco was " repetitive ").
Now, when in Madrid , I go alone.
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May 27th, 2017, 07:45 AM
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kwar, I regrettably didn't see any Flamenco in Madrid, so I don't have any suggestions. But two places in Sevilla that are often recommended here offer tickets for less than 20 Euros: the Museo del Baile Flamenco and Casa de la Memoria. I went to a show at the former. The 7 pm show is in the smaller of the venues and is rather intimate. I bought tickets before we left at their website. I wouldn't wait to buy the day of; they often sell out.
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May 27th, 2017, 07:47 AM
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Flamenco is of course , but if it hits you, it tends to hit hard and stay. And people are often caught totally off guard.

And important to know that real deal flamenco is another world than what most people think of, the usual touristy stuff with girls dancing in polkadot dresses with flowers in their hair. An extremely powerful art at it's finest, as here with flamenco piano genious David Peña Dorantes and Joaquin Grilo himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOjtXiPl8Rk
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May 27th, 2017, 08:01 AM
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kimhe, you would be surprised how many people like the " usual touristy stuff"
and have no feeling for the real thing.

Last year I saw " Yo, Carmen " with María Pagés at
Teatros del Canal in Madrid . It was a great performance by a great artist.
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May 27th, 2017, 08:01 AM
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Kwar, maybe I'm reading the website incorrectly but I only see free admission to the Royal Place being offered to EU citizens. For some reason, I thought you were from the States. If I'm wrong, forgive me, but I wanted to point it out.
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May 27th, 2017, 08:19 AM
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I know you said you don't "do" museums but to take your kids to Madrid and not at least see Guernica at the Reina Sofia is criminal. It is nothing like seeing from a textbook or TV.

Other thoughts. Take a tour of historic Madrid with the Tourism Office. Tickets can be bought in the Plaza Mayor.

Palacio Real
Retiro Park
Teleferico
Get out and walk around a neighborhood Chueca.
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May 27th, 2017, 08:25 AM
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You are unfortunately two days late to perhaps the greatest flamenco event of the year anywhere, legendary La Chana togheter with the new super star Rocío Molina, divine Eva Yerbabuena and inimitable Antonio Canales and Lole Montoya. They finish off the three week long Madrid Flamenco Festival. And that would have been 15€/ticket...: http://teatrofernangomez.esmadrid.co.../1141/la-chana

But Villa Rosa, the old "temple of flamenco" right on Plaza Santa Ana, would "only" be 105€ for the three of you, show and drink: http://reservas.tablaoflamencovillar...oduct-calendar

Only top of the shelf artists here as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEjrOo6hZfk

And a very special place, you should see it anyhow, even if you don't go for a show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YWekg9ZjmU&t=230s
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May 27th, 2017, 05:40 PM
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@kimhe I have never heard of any of those people. So are you saying that it is more $ the night I was looking because of the people that are starring that night? I would be interested in going to a show for 10-20 euro pp to check it out. Who knows, we may all love it. I just don't want to spend 200 euro when my son and husband are not very interested.

@indyhiker yes, I am from Florida. I copied this info to paste here for you to see. I read this as admission is free for everyone from 6-8 (thought maybe like alcazar is at 8:30 am) and then it is also always free to EU citizens.
I think I misread and you are correct. Either way, I don't mind paying. Can you recommend if my plan of museo cerralbo fist then walk directly to royal palace or vice versa? Or should I not do both of those back to ack? Maybe too much all at once?

Free admission: Monday to Friday in the Royal Palace from 4pm to 6pm. (October to March) and 6pm to 8pm (April to September). Admission is free for EU citizens, residents and holders of work permits in the EU and Hispanic American citizens with certification of nationality or a residence or work permit.
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May 27th, 2017, 06:09 PM
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We did them back to back (with a snack in between), but it depends on your tolerance for such things! I'd consider getting tickets in advance for the place so you don't stand in line. We booked the day before and just used our iPhone to show the ticket. We breezed right in.
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May 28th, 2017, 12:22 AM
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Guess there was some misunderstandings here. There are fixed prices at Corral de la Morería, Villa Rosa and the other tablaos (flamenco restaurantts), all of them stage excellent artists and Villa Rosa is about half the price of Corral de la Morería.

The absolute greatest flamenco artists (like Molina, Yerbabuena, Sara Baras, Israel Galván, Farruquito etc. etc.) perform in Madrid theaters regularly, and then the price is much lower than in the more tourist oriented tablaos. In the theaters there are usually a local and knowledgeable crowd and electric atmosphere. The problem is that exactly on your nights there are no scehduled flamenco performances, as the three week long Madrid Flamenco Festival has just come to an and two days earlier. Then you could have seen the absolute best and paid 15€ per. ticket. You should anyhow check this link for June performances in a few days, it may be updated: http://www.guiaflama.com/flamenco-en-madrid/

BUT on your Friday and Saturday nights there are most likely shows in great flamenco bar Candela in Lavapiés at 11pm. This is a bar, just flamenco, no meals, and here you pay 15€. No info in English. Call ahead to make a reservation (+34 914 67 33 82), or just turn up. Fabulous artists on stage here every now and then.
http://flamencocandela.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FlamencoCandela2/?fref=ts

This gives you an idea of Candela, and as said, here you pay 15€/ticket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whi07ZikNmw
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May 28th, 2017, 03:02 AM
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@kimhe thank you for clearing it all up. I have made note of bar candela and will also check the link you shared.
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Jun 1st, 2017, 11:50 PM
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You are extremely lucky!

The greatest female flamenco dancer the past 20 years Eva Yerbabuena performs in excellent Teatros del Canal on June 8. Still some tickets left, tickets are 14-24€: http://www.madrid.org/sumaflamenca/2017/evayerba.html

And Merecedes Ruiz dances in the same theater on June 10th, she was voted best female flamenco dancer 2015 by Spaniah critics. Also some tickets left here: http://www.madrid.org/sumaflamenca/2...cedesruiz.html

Both nights are at 8:30 pm, and here it will be mostly a local crowd.

Here is Eva Yerbabuena in Córdoba a couple of years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clCZYH5VNWw

Merecedes Ruiz in Jerez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVypC_gSgo0
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