Voices filled with anguish and pain in cante jondo (song), rhythms of happiness and joy in sevillanas and rumbas (dance). Flamenco is all that and so much more, always passionate and intense. These qualities offer the genre an expressiveness that moves all spectators, regardless of where they are from or whether they understand the language. Flamenco makes feelings flow. Who hasn't felt moved by a dancer tapping her feet to the rhythm of a guitar or by a flamenco singer's passionate cry?
Madrid is the capital of flamenco. This statement may sound a tad categorical, but this city is the place to be for anyone looking to succeed in the genre. Any day of the week, the city offers a wide range of shows, from grand performances in the city's theatres to small song and dance recitals in tablaos or halls. Madrid is the hub of the flamenco record industry and the starting point for artists who tour the world, dazzling audiences.
With the rise of cafés chantants during the 19th century, flamenco enjoyed its finest hour in the capital. These days, tablaos (flamenco bars) carry on the tradition, offering a chance to see flamenco at its purest every evening while enjoying a fine meal or a drink.
To find out more about flamenco in Madrid, download the Madrid for You leaflet (Spanish/English) on Flamenco.
Regarded as the cathedral of Flamenco art, the famous tablao has hosted top Flamenco singers, guitarists and dancers.
Signature cuisine and the best Flamenco go hand-in-hand in this centrally located Flamenco tablao, one of the most well-known in the capital.
Traditional food and the best live Flamenco go hand-in-hand in this Tablao restaurant, one of most famous of its kind in the city.
A unique Flamenco show combined with a tour of the country’s best regional food
All types of Flamenco and the best tapas, plus puppets, storytellers and innovative theatre.
Legendary flamenco bar where you can dance until sunrise.
Historic flamenco house offering a show and a tasting menu with typical Spanish dishes open 365 days a year.
Flamenco singing, dancing and good food in one of the tablaos with the greatest variety in the capital.
One of the oldest flamenco bars in the world.
A meeting place for fans of flamenco music in the area of Madrid Río.