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, visit El 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 the Museo 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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