The idea of a Flamenco & Dinner Show tends to strike fear and dismay into the heart of the savvy traveller. And with good reason, as these tend to be overpriced spectacles with mediocre entertainment – and even worse food – in charmless surroundings crammed with busloads of hapless tourists. Other more respectable venues in town don’t do the “dinner package” thing, but for some reason often have their performances scheduled so that they cut the evening in half, not especially comfortable for people not accustomed to going out for dinner after 10.30 pm.
Of course most “flamenco shows” are designed for tourists. Locals who love flamenco tend to go to “peñas”, which are like private clubs, where casual visitors may not be welcome and which might feel a bit intimidating.
My Flamenco & Tapas options combine the best of both in intimate and unique settings that showcases talented performers and exquisite food and wine.
Flamenco & Tapas: you will be met at your hotel, or central meeting point, and taken to see a spectacular hour-long flamenco performance. On the way to the show I’ll give you some background about flamenco to prepare you for your experience and, once we arrive at the venue, will show you to your reserved front-row seats where you can enjoy the show with a drink in hand. Afterwards there will be a 2.5 hour tapeo, visiting two of my favourite bars, one traditional and one modern, where you will enjoy some of the best tapas and wines in Sevilla. (minimum: two people)
Flamenco Íntimo: a peña experience with professional artists in a small intimate setting with room for just 40 people, so there is not a bad seat in the house. There’s no stage – the all-acoustic performance takes place right in front of you, up close and personal. After the show we will visit two of Sevilla’s top tapas bars where you will enjoy both traditional and innovative “tapas with a twist”, paired with excellent wines, and finishing with some of the best desserts in the city. (minimum: two people)
Flamenco & Tapas Lunch: for larger groups you can enjoy a private lunchtime flamenco performance, catered by a well-known traditional tapas bar. You will be picked up and taken to this very special venue at the back of a flamenco guitar museum where you will enjoy a light tapas lunch with local wines before watching the show. (minimum: 12 people)
Market Visit | Tapas & Sherry | More Tapas | Micro-Flamenco: I know, you’re only here for a short time but would like an introduction to EVERYTHING so you can then go off and experience all of it again on your own, at your own pace, feeling more confident and knowledgeable. Well, this is the tour for you. We’ll start off with a stroll through Sevilla’s most unique food market, then you will enjoy some lovely “starter” tapas paired with sherry above a charming local wine shop. Then we’re off for some innovative tapas at a true hidden gem, before finishing with a half-hour micro-flamenco 101 lesson – in English! It’s fun, fast and fabulous, without feeling rushed. It will be three hours you won’t soon forget. Available Tuesday – Friday 12.30 – 3.30 pm (minimum 4 people)
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