Flamenco#8 in Best Things To Do in Seville
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Watching a flamenco show in Seville is a must, but the quality of the shows varies by location, and you may get caught overpaying at a tourist trap.
For a top-notch performance in a classic theater setting, visitEl Palacio Andaluz. The venue hosts a large cast of dancers who perform traditional flamenco twice per night; each performance lasts for an hour and a half. While this venue is located outside the city center, previous visitors say the attentive service, engaging show and high quality music make El Palacio Andaluz worth the trip. Tickets are available for purchase online.
On the other hand,La Carbonería, is longtime city favorite because it features a large, casual seating area and free entrance. 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.
The club is located in Barrio Santa Cruz on the site of a former coal yard. Its exact location can be hard to find so be sure to bring a map with you. While the shows are free, the drinks (try the sangria) will cost you. The food is reasonably priced but mediocre, according to some visitors. Unlike El Palacio Andaluz, the shows here last only 30 minutes each.
For a more educational experience, visit theMuseo del Baile Flamenco, which features interactive exhibits about the history and costumes of flamenco, and offers traditional performances. While some recent visitors felt the museum needed more information and depth, they agreed the shows were stellar.
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#1 Real Alcázar
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. Explore 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 pay for a guided tour.
Make sure to budget enough time to admire the details. Past visitors recommended examining every aspect of this grand residence of kings – even the architecture on the ceiling is striking. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is surrounded by gardens that are also worth seeing.
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