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(English) Barcelona has got duende too

By | 18 May, 2015 | 0 comments

Barcelona is defined by its multicultural and cosmopolitan character and the city is proud of its history, particularly the way in which it has integrated people from all walks of life over the years. Every single one of those people has left its mark on the city, leaving behind traces of their own traditions, such as flamenco, an art which first appeared in Barcelona as a result of immigration from the south of Spain but which now forms part of the Ciudad Condal in its own right. Barcelona has got duende too, and anyone who visits the city will see!

A wide number of flamenco tablaos can be found all over the city where you can enjoy a show whilst enjoying a glass of wine. Many of these tablaos have their own history and their stages have been host to national and international flamenco stars, as well as holding festivals and concerts with current stars of the genre in highly renowned venues.

For aficionados of the art form that was declared Patrimonial Immaterial of Humanities by UNESO, or for those who would like to discover flamenco for the first time, a visit to a tablao during your stay in Barcelona is a must. Only fifteen minutes walk from HCC Montblanc, next to La Rambla, one of the most prestigious flamenco bars in Barcelona can be found: el Tablao Cordobés. The tablao is decorated in the style of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, and through its doors have passed some of the most important names in the history of flamenco, such as Camarón and Lole and Manuel, as well as current stars like Miguel Poveda and Eva Yerbabuena.

On the other side of La Rambla, in the Plaza Real, is another booming flamenco bar called Los Tarantos, which hosts three shows every night. Here, young artists and singers show us how the spirit of flamenco is still very much alive in Barcelona.

Another option which is just ten minutes walk from HCC Taber down calle de Balmes is el Palacio del Flamenco de Barcelona, which offers grand shows with up to fifteen artists. Also, seven minutes walk from HCC Covadonga on the calle de Aribau, is El Patio Andaluz, a place steeped in tradition where you can enjoy a live flamenco show.

These are just some ideas for you to enjoy a lesser known part of Barcelona which is still a thriving part of its culture.

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