Flamenco show in Sevilla in May

Old Jan 30th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Flamenco show in Sevilla in May

We will be holidaying in Europe for 6 weeks in April/May and have joined a 9 day Globus tour of Spain including 2 nights in Sevilla.

Our hotel is AVDA DE BUHAIRA S/N SEVILLE E- 41018

An optional Andalusian night is on offer by Globus on the Friday for 53 Euros pp:
a flamenco show in Seville plus a three-course dinner with drinks. While dining, enjoy a show of Spanish folklore.

I am not sure how authentic this experience will be...

I am tending towards trying to find our own flamenco show, either on the Thurs or Friday night.

Do you have any ideas for a non-tourist trap flamenco show within walking distance of our hotel?

Does Sevilla have any regional dishes that we should try? Any restaurant recommendations near our hotel?
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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 09:51 AM
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Hi JC,

I believe Globus used to take their groups to Patio Sevillano or Palacio Andaluz but why don't you ask them & find out for sure?

Have you checked out Maribel's guides by the way? http://www.maribelsguides.com/#sevilla

This other site also does a nice job of listing the more well known places for flamenco....
http://exploreseville.com/flamenco.htm

Keep in mind that flamenco artists must make a living and therefore perform in tourist places. Unless one is a superstar it is a means to survival. The issue is really that they are performing night after night for audiences on vacation who have generally very little knowledge or respect for the artform
the performers will pick up right away on this, and unfortunately when it's a tour group tend to expect the usual treatment. If you do go with the tour do a bit of homework, read up and show your appreciation (respectfully) and I guarantee you will have a better show.

Here is a good place to start learning & enhancing your experience.

http://www.flamenco-world.com/magazi...ce11112004.htm
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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 10:55 AM
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I think amsdon is correct on that Globus flamenco venue.

If you'd like to opt out of the bus tour, dinner and show, there are 3 flamenco venues that are less touristy in the sense that they don't have a "dinner show", just drinks and flamenco. The first is a traditional tablao or flamenco night club (sans restaurant), and the others are something a little different, that is explained here:
www.sevilla5.com/activities/index.html

Los Gallos
www.tablaolosgallos.com

Casa Carmen (new)
www.tablaoflamencocasacarmen.com/

Casa Memoria de Al-Andalus offers a shorter show, with student dancers, limited seating (doesn't have room for bus groups) and doesn't serve drinks

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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 11:11 AM
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It probably won't matter much to you unless you really are interested in Flamenco, but you should know that Seville has its own indigenous art form called Sevillana that looks and sounds a bit like Flamenco, but is like a "lighter" or "prettier" or "less intense" version - not to put it down, just to point out that a hard-core Flamenco lover will not be content with Sevillana.

If it's a show put on for the entertainment of a bus load of tourists during dinner, especially if it takes place before 10PM, then it is probably not the real hardcore Flamenco that is rooted in the Andalusian gypsy tradition. That doesn't mean it won't be fun and entertaining and pretty, nothing wrong with it.

But if, as you say, you have an interest in the real thing, explore
www.flamenco-world.com
where you can buy the wonderful book with CD "Guide to Andalusian Flamenco" (ISBN 84-8176-438-8)
and check out its publishing entity
www.andaluciaflamenco.org

For Sevilla they list a dozen or so of Flamenco studios - who knows, if you go and ask nicely they might let you look in on some of the class lessons.

Tablaos are listed, too:
Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus, Ximenez de Encisco, 28, tel. 954-56-06-70, [email protected]

El Arenalm Rodo, 7
tel. 954 21 64 92
www.tablaoelarenal.com

El Patio Sevillano, Paséo Colón, 11-A

Los Gallos, Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11

Palacio del Embrujo Andaluz, Avda. Maria Auxiliadora, 18B

Puerta de Triana, Castilla, 137
tel. 954 37 25 02

If you call and they don't speak English, take it as a good sign...

Specialized shops (Flamenco jewelry, accessories, clothing etc.):

Mairena del Aljarafe
Herradura, 6
www.perisbisuteriaflamenca.com

and many more.

Hop a cab and go do the rounds, but best not before 10PM or all you'll see is tourists - Spaniards eat at ten and go out at midnight...

You can sleep on the bus, or when you're old...
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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 12:21 PM
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Lots of information here - thanks for the tips, which I will check out.
I admit that we have no knowledge about flamenco, but we do want to avoid a mass show with busloads of tourists. It sounds like we should have dinner first and then find a late flamenco show (you are right, Dalai Llama - we can sleep when we are old!!)
We have only done one bus tour (of Ireland) several years ago, with a different bus company, and there were 2 shows included, which we did not enjoy. In fact, we ended up leaving the tour half way through, as we really didn't like the herd mentality, especially for (early!!) meals and evening entertainment. So this time we are looking at using the tour for our transport and accommodation, and then breaking away for our own evening experiences.

Regarding food, does Sevilla have any regional specialties that we should try?

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Check out if any of the performances of the "Flamenco viene del Sur" programme correspond with your dates:
http://www.deflamenco.com/noticias/v...igo=FLA%7C2644

These are all high quality performances that draws a predominantly local and knowledgeable crowd. Should be great fun! Book your seats ahead, it is easy done online and you collect your tickets at the theatre.

Here is a detailed program of flamenco events in Sevilla, it is updated all the time and would include a lot of other performances as we get closer to May.
http://www.deflamenco.com/agenda/events.jsp?barrio=5

Regarding food and Sevilla specialities: Go for a tapas round instead of going to a "normal" restaurant. I have been much around Spain and would strongly recommend the Sevillian tapas scene. In the abundant tapas bars you will get small portions of all kinds of goodies, both cold and warm dishes prepared there and then for about €2-3. Local specialities include
- Salmorejo, delicious and creamy cold vegetable soup with hardboiled egg and cured ham (jamón serrano)
- Solomillo al Whisky, pork loin with french fries in a mild whisky sauce.
- Espinacas con garbanzos, spinach and chichpeas in a moorish kind of sauce, surprisingly delicious and a must!

All the tapas bars have at least some 20-30 dishes to choose from, they use to be listed on the wall or in separate menus. Here are a couple of sure bets, just by the cathedral. Many turists because of the location, but these are great places that also are very popular with locals:
- Cervecería Giralda, C/ Mateos Gago 1 (gourmet tapas, a little bit more expensive)
- Bodega Santa Cruz, C/ Mateos Gago (50 metres up the street)
- Café Bar Las Teresas, C/ Santa Teresa 2 (terrific ham (jamón ibérico) and gambas al ajillo (prawns in a hot garlic sauce).

If you want something really special with a lot of atmosphere, go to "El Rinconcillo", the towns oldest tavern (from 1670). Adress: Gerona, 40 (about 1 km north of the cathedral) http://www.elrinconcillo1670.com/.


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