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The excitement and emotion of a flamenco "tablao" club

  • Flamenco music and dance performance. Madrid © Turespaña

    Flamenco music and dance performance. Madrid © Turespaña

  
  


" Tablaos are clubs dedicated to Flamenco dance and song. They are the best places to see a unique flamenco performance that will captivate the audience. ..."

Tablaos are clubs dedicated to Flamenco dance and song. They are the best places to see a unique flamenco performance that will captivate the audience. In flamenco, heartfelt song, accompanying guitar, rhythmic tap-dance and clapping, all come together with the dance of great artists, who often appear anonymously. You will notice how you are unconsciously infected by the emotion and feeling that this musical genre transmits.

Tablaos tend to be decorated in a typically Spanish way, with embroidered silk shawls, photographs of famous people, bullfighting clothes and capes. They usually have a warm atmosphere that will let you savour these special surroundings. There are many flamenco clubs in Spain, although they are most frequently found in Andalusia. At a tablao you can have a drink, sample some tapas, or even dine on some full-blown Spanish cuisine.

Flamenco music has enchanted people from all over the world, and has been a source of inspiration for many great artists. It is not a homogenous form of music. Rather, it consists of a number of variants such as tarantos, bulerías, alegrías and soleares. In short, different styles that lead to a distinguishing identity all its own, an unquestionable artistic genre that, like few others, expresses the passion of an entire people.

Come to a tablao and be sure to enjoy a night of flamenco music. Contact the Tourist Office wherever you are for more information. Bear in mind that these clubs usually have a limited capacity - it is well worth booking a table in advance.

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