Flamenco#17 in Best Things To Do in Madrid
Around the world, Spain is known for its delicious tapas, unique architecture and, of course, its flamenco. The rhythm of this classic Spanish dance pulses through the streets of Madrid and provides great entertainment for tourists and locals alike. Although flamenco originated in southern Spain, dancers from far and wide come to the capital city to showcase their talents. When you're visiting Madrid, you would be remiss if you didn't set aside time for a flamenco show.
The toughest part is deciding which Madrid tablao – or flamenco venue – to choose for your flamenco experience. The city is home to one of the oldest and most famous flamenco houses in the world, Corral de la Moreria, which has held shows at its city center location since 1956. It's highly regarded as the best place to watch performances, and it's not rare to see celebrities, politicians and even the king of Spain in the audience.
There are two shows every night, and guests have the option to dine while watching the show. However, some people advise eating dinner somewhere else before the show, so the process of ordering a meal doesn't distract from the performance. Previous visitors raved about the service and said the theater's cozy atmosphere enhanced the experience. They recommend sitting in the front for the best possible views, but even the seats in the back are not too far from the action. Tickets start at 47.95 euros (around $52); you can buy tickets directly from the website.
If you're looking for a flamenco show with a cheaper price tag, consider Las Tablas. At this Plaza de España bar, you can enjoy a show for 29 euros (about $32). Las Tablas is relatively new, but its prime location and intimate setting have made it a popular choice among reviewers. There are two shows each day, and dinner is available for purchase as well. Previous visitors recommend buying tickets online to score the best seats.
Cardamomo is another Madrid favorite, as it hosts four shows per day. Located near the famous Puerta del Sol, this tablao prides itself on its diversity. Here, the shows rarely repeat performers, and they recruit international flamenco stars. Tickets start at 39 euros (about $43) and can be purchased online.
Luckily, there are countless tablaos sprinkled all around the Madrid. Whether you are staying in Chamberí or Retiro, Salamanca or Huertas, there is sure to be a great option near you.
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#1 Plaza Mayor
This square, located in the heart of Madrid, is more a must-experience attraction than a must-see one. Surrounded by cafes and bars, Plaza Mayor practically begs passersby to take a seat, order a coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and people-watch. Not only do throngs of tourists pass through, but multiple street performers plant their feet here to entertain. The square starts getting busy around 2 p.m. and will grow increasingly busy as night falls. If you find yourself in Madrid during the holidays, locals recommend visiting the holiday markets held in the plaza.
Recent travelers acknowledge the touristy nature of Plaza Mayor – the souvenir shops, the less-than-gourmet yet overpriced restaurants, for instance – but for most travelers, Plaza Mayor still affords a lovely ambience. If you want to learn more about the history behind Plaza Mayor, which dates back to 1617, reviewers suggest you sign up for a walking tour. One of the city's most emblematic pieces of public art, the statue of Philip III on horseback, can also be found here.
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