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Key Info

Calle Levíes, 18, 41004

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Watching a flamenco show in Seville is a must, but the quality of the shows vary by location and you may get caught overpaying for a tourist trap. Guarantee a good experience by heading to La Carbonería, a local favorite and a popular spot to watch authentic flamenco dancers show off their skills on stage. The club has two different areas: Upon entry, you may immediately think this venue is quaint (with a piano and fireplaces amid the rustic decor), but open the double doors in the room's back left corner and you'll enter a larger area complete with picnic tables, bars and stages.

Though the dancing is a highlight for visitors, not every facet of the La Carbonería experience is held in high esteem, "Sevilla's flamenco is widely known and this is a good option for backpackers/low-cost tourists. However, although the artists are very good, don't expect amazing food," one TripAdvisor reviewer noted.

The club is located in Barrio Santa Cruz on the former site of a coal yard. La Carbonería hosts vibrant crowds for nightly performances; while the shows are free, the drinks (try the sangria) will cost you. The bar opens at 8 p.m. and shows begin around 11 p.m. La Carbonería's exact location can be hard to find so be sure to bring a map with you. 

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The Spanish monarchy doesn't quite boast the worldwide clout of the British monarchy, but royalty is royalty, right? Take the chance to step into sovereignty when you enter the Real Alcázar palace and gardens. The palace was built in the seventh century and it still occasionally hosts the royal family when they visit Seville. While the original structure dates back to the Middle Ages, the entire palace has been heavily influenced by different architectural and cultural styles, ranging from Gothic to Baroque. The intricate architectural design is known as mudéjar — a Muslim and Christian artistic fusion unique to Andalusia. Exlpore on your own or use an audio tour to guide you through the luxurious rooms of the palace like the Salón de Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) and the Patio de las Doncellas (Patio of the Maidens). But to gain access to the Cuarto Real Alto (the Upper Royal Quarters), you'll need to be on a guided tour.

Make sure to budget enough time to admire the details. One TripAdvisor reviewer suggests: "Be sure to look upwards when you walk through this grand residence of kings, because the workmanship of the carvings and painting on the ceilings is truly amazing." This UNESCO World Heritage site is surrounded by gardens that are also worth seeing.

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