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The 7 BEST Barcelona Flamenco Shows in 2023

We track down the top 7

tablaos in the city…

By Duncan Rhodes

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The 7 Best Shows:

1. Tablao Cordobes

2. Tablao Flamenco de Carmen

3. Flamenco & Tapas Evening

4. City Hall

5. 23 Robadors

6. Flamenco & Guided Tapas Tour

7. Palacio del Flamenco

We reveal the history of the passionate Spanish song and dance, followed by the very best places to watch flamenco in Barcelona – and how you can buy your tickets online. Find your perfect show, right here on this page!

Flamenco – with its passionate cantes, gypsy guitars and flamboyant dresses and castanets – is the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Spanish culture (apart from maybe a spot of bullfighting, although that “sport” is banned in Catalonia).

Although this lusty, life-affirming art form originated in Southern Spain, in Andalusia, Barcelona has its own close association with flamenco…

And although this lusty, life-affirming art form originated in Southern Spain, in Andalusia, Barcelona has its own close association with flamenco: after all it was here that the star-crossed lovers Juana La Zoronga and Rafael El Taranto fell in love in the famous Somorrostro shanty town and danced their way through the city in the hit 1963 musical Los Tarantos.

The Somorrostro was destroyed in the 1980s to make way for the Olympic Games – although interestingly it was the real birth place of Carmen Amaya, a dancer and singer of Romani origin who starred in Los Tarantos.

Flamenco has its origins in the folk music of Spain and was influenced by Spanish, gypsy and Moorish instruments and styles. The art form matured in the 19th Century when it enjoyed its so-called golden era and was performed in cafés cantantes around Spain.

The medium consists of all three of song, music and dance, with the traditional view stating that flamenco began as a style of singing (cante), and later these songs were accompanied by guitar (toque), hand-clapping (palmas), foot-stomping (zapateado) and finally dance (baile). Some modern flamenco shows in Barcelona even contain an aspect of theatre, so that they become almost operatic or balletic performances.

Flamenco has its origins in the folk music of Spain and was influenced by Spanish, gypsy and Moorish instruments and styles.

The attraction of flamenco lies in its intense emotion, evoked in the songs and first-time goers will be surprised how soul-stirring (not to mention noisy!) the simple use of hand-clapping, foot-stomping and acoustic guitar can be, especially when these accompaniments build up to a blistering crescendo.

Whilst the musical aspects of flamenco – sometimes tragic and dirge-like, other times light and humorous – arrest the ears, the dances meanwhile beguile the eyes: female artists perform sinuous arm movements and coquettish swirls of their shawls and dresses to stir the passions, whilst the men stomp and scowl, at one time spinning like a ballerina, at others striking imperious stances, much like a macho bullfighter commanding an entire arena!

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Best Flamenco Shows in Barcelona

There are a host of sensational tablaos in Barcelona offering some of the best live flamenco shows anywhere in Spain, and if you’re dead set on witnessing the passion of a performance you’re in the right city.

Whereas the traditional gypsy concert was a small and ad hoc affair, often with no telling when it would begin or end (if the artists even remembered to turn up at all!), things are a bit more professional these days. Most of the top flamenco venues in Barcelona offer two or three shows a night, with the option to enjoy an in-house meal before the live performance.

In essence these tablaos cater more for tourists than locals, but this is not necessarily a bad thing at all as it enables people to experience an important part of the cultural history of Spain.

Meanwhile the concerts that take place in Barcelona are of the very highest order anywhere in the country. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to buy tickets at least a bit in advance, as the most popular shows will be sold out during summer.

Below we list seven of the very best places to watch a performance:

1. Tablao Cordobes

This popular venue on Las Ramblas has been a favourite with locals and tourists alike since the 1970s, and invites musicians from around Spain to perform in its cavern-like auditorium. The crowd are pushed quite close together to the stage, and the result is an intimate performance – in fact the artists do not even use microphones or amplifiers. There are up to five shows a night, depending on the day and time of year, each lasting about an hour. You can choose to buy a ticket to the show that includes drinks, or one that includes a buffet dinner with 44 tastes of Spain. The food and drinks are not served with the show, but eaten before the show in their Arabic-styled dining halls. Overall a truly authentic experience right in the city centre, and probably the best Barcelona has to offer. Read more about Tablao Cordobes here, or simply use the button below to book tickets on Get Your Guide.


2. Tablao Flamenco de Carmen

Could there be anywhere more appropriate to watch flamenco than in Barcelona’s very own Poble Espanyol, or ‘Spanish Village’? This tablao is named after Carmen Amaya (we mentioned her in the introduction!) and it introduces its guests to all the most important traditional styles of flamenco, highlighting its different forms of expression: instrumental, vocal and dance. They put on two shows every evening – at 6pm and 8:30pm – and traditional Spanish tapas are served with the show, rather than before or after, which is a nice touch. The standard concert and tapas ticket is reasonably priced at €66, although foodies might want to consider upgrading to Carmen’s dinner menu (€85 with show) or their VIP menu (€154 with show). You can check the different menus and reserve your places on Get Your Guide.


INSIDER TIP: Another great advantage of Tablao Flamenco de Carmen is your ticket also grants you free entry to Poble Espanyol (usually €14) after 4pm, so you can also explore this cultural highlight before the performance. Poble Espanyol translates to ‘Spanish Village’ and this mini-town is a wonderful tribute to Spanish architecture, which also houses several art museums and exhibitions. Read more here.

3. Flamenco & Tapas Night

If you want to experience the magic of Spain’s most famous art form, followed by dinner in an authentic tapas restaurant in the Gothic Quarter, then this popular choice might be for you. Start the night by visiting an authentic tablao on one of Barcelona’s best looking squares, for a fantastic half hour performance that will leave you in no doubt about the meaning of the mysterious ‘el duende‘ (soul, or spirit!) that permeates real flamenco! Then complete your Spanish-themed night with a trip to a local tapas bar to test some of the city’s most typical dishes. The total price is great value at just €45. To reserve, you can either email us [email protected] with your dates and group size and we’ll put you in touch with the organisers. Need your tickets within 48 hours? Then better to book this activity via Get Your Guide.


4. City Hall Theatre

One of the most affordable tickets in town, the City Hall Theatre hosts shows four times a night (at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm) offering travellers plenty of flexibility. The venue is not the most romantic on this list (it’s more famous as a nightclub!), but its centrally located (just above Plaça Catalunya) and the show is still as good as any you’ll find. A basic ticket towards the rear of the hall starts at €20, while you can upgrade to middle (€25), front row (€35) or VIP section (€50). All ticket options available via Get Your Guide.


5. 23 Robadors

Feeling brave? Want to enjoy a contemporary experience with locals that might imitate the casual, ad hoc flavour of flamenco performances of old? Then make your way down to one of Raval‘s shadiest streets (yes Carrer Robadors does translate as “Robbers street” and the name of this alleyway is not entirely unjustified!). At number 23 you’ll find this dimly-lit venue favoured by some of Barcelona’s more Bohemian denizens who don’t seem phased by the sex workers and assorted unsavoury characters that prowl this corner of the capital. While I’m not a big fan of the area (as you might tell), the bar at least is very cool and, best of all, live music jams are only €5 to attend. There’s something different every night (jazz, balkan, blues), but you should find at least one flamenco concert a week on their agenda. The bar is pretty tiny, so expect to sit cheek to jowl.

6. Flamenco & Guided Tapas Tour

Combine culture, gastronomy and entertainment in this one well-designed package, that makes for a perfect evening for the curious traveller. The activity starts with a small-group walking tour through the Old Town districts of El Born and also Barceloneta. En route you’ll stop off at two tapas bars to try Spanish and Catalan cuisine and learn how to eat like a local (it’s all about sharing small plates!). The experience finishes with an hour long flamenco performance, with drink, in a historic medieval palace. The experience begins at 6pm and lasts until 9:30pm. You can book it via Get Your Guide, where the activity has attracted some great reviews.


7. Palacio del Flamenco Barcelona

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This elegant 1920s theatre was refurbished in 2006 and is now completely dedicated to the art of flamenco, with three shows featuring a troupe of 14 professional performers, playing every night, Monday to Sunday. In fact, seating up to 380 people at one time, El Palacio is Barcelona’s biggest venue for catching a performance and has excellent availability provided you book a few days in advance (most nights it does sell out, so don’t hang around too long!). The show lasts for one hour and is very affordable, with a drink included, although most prefer to splash out a little extra and enjoy a typical Spanish meal with the concert washed down with traditional sangria. Read more about tickets, dress code and dinner. *El Palacio del Flamenco is closed for now, but we hope to be able to update this page with good news later in 2023.*

Location Map

Find the above venues on a map. Most are located around the Old Town, while the Tablao de Carmen in located in Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village), some 10 minutes walk from Plaça de Espanya.


When you book your tickets via the links above Barcelona Life earns a small commission on every sale. That commission is what helps pay for all the useful free information we provide on this website, and is much appreciated. If however you prefer to book via the tablaos’ official sites you can find them here. The prices are the same either way.

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Booked your place already and looking for other great things do in Barcelona? Then click here for some of our suggestions. Alternatively check out our concerts and gigs guide for other genres of music and where to hear them. Whatever you’re looking for in the capital of Catalonia we’ve got plenty of useful reading for you!

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Deal of the week: US tour operator sponsors Barcelona. The club continues to expand into the American market

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Last week, Barcelona partnered with Orlando-based travel agency Travel + Leisure Go , Florida. There are no financial details of the agreement, but it strengthens the position of the Catalan club in the American market.

The deal is for Barcelona fans. Using the services of the club’s new partner, you can book tickets and hotels around the world, as well as receive discounts on car rentals or excursions. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available to fans.

The agreement with the US tour operator is significant as Barcelona will be visiting the States for the fourth consecutive summer pre-season tour in 2023. The new travel business partner will prepare lucrative offers for Catalan fans who could support their favorite club across the ocean. At the same time, the American fan base is promised attendance at training matches in the United States and tickets to Barcelona.

Despite the popularity of traditionally American sports, interest in European football is growing in the United States. This is confirmed, in particular, by the lucrative contract of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) with the local commercial network Paramount + to show European cups. The agreement will bring UEFA $1.5 billion from 2024 to 2030. (approximately $250 million per season). European clubs are also attracting more US investment and continue to look for new opportunities here.

Barcelona began their expansion in the US with the FCBEscola children’s training camps. At that time, young football players aged six to 12 were offered to go through a two-week training camp under the guidance of coaches from the club academy. The first such gathering in 2010 brought together 375 children in Miami – just two years later, Barça organized gatherings in nine cities for 3,500 children. By 2023, Barça has acquired full-fledged club academies that operate in 14 states.

Since 2016, Barca have had a permanent New York office in the same building as the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Perhaps the most notable result of Barça’s American expansion is deals with the investment fund Sixth Street and its subsidiary Legends, concluded in 2022. In the summer, the club sold Sixth Street two shares of television rights for 25 years (10% for 267 million euros and another 15 % for up to EUR 400 million). In December, the Catalans engaged Legends to organize a marketing program in the VIP boxes of the updated Camp Nou.

The Spanish publication As also reported on at least three unsuccessful attempts by Barcelona to integrate into the major North American football leagues – men’s (MLS) and women’s (WNSL). The initiative belongs to the current president of Barça, Joan Laporte. In 2008, during his first term, he planned to form a team in Miami and negotiated its entry into the MLS, but the franchise went to David Beckham and his partners. In 2018, Barcelona planned to enter their women’s team in the US Championship (WNSL), but these plans have not yet been implemented. Finally, in 2021, presidential candidate Javi Vilajoana went to the polls with a promise to keep Lionel Messi on the team through a cunning plan. He was going to buy an MLS franchise for Messi and make the Argentine striker its playing owner in exchange for a contract extension with Barca. The results of the elections prevented the implementation of the plan. Defeated Laporte, and Messi went to PSG.

The American market is also being explored by La Liga, which is going to introduce Spanish football to the local audience. Last week, La Liga entered into an agreement with Relevent Sports, which has pledged to organize a series of events broadcasting matches of Spanish teams in the United States.