The 12 Best Places to Watch Flamenco in Seville

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The Best Places to Watch Flamenco in Seville

When you hear people talk about flamenco, you will often hear the word duende thrown about. This is a word with no exact translation, but what they are referring to is the spirit of the performance; the passion on display. No one knows for sure where flamenco was born, but it was certainly in southern Spain, between Seville, Cadíz and Granada. Seville however is the most important pillar nowadays to see some of the best flamenco in the world. What follows are, in our opinion, the twelve best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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12 – El Patio Sevillano

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Flamenco developed as a way for the gypsies to express the sadness of their downtrodden lives. As such, many of the first flamenco performances happen in bars as these passionate souls got to talking about their dejection but found words not enough to express their woe. It is for this reason that I say some of the most authentic, and therefore best, places to watch flamenco in Seville are in these bars. One of the best laid out of these bars is El Patio Sevillano. You’ll need to arrive early for front row seats as it’s first come first serve. But regardless of where you sit, you’ll see plenty and it is a very complete show with lots of artists doing both flamenco and clásico español with castagnettes. El Patio, along with most other tablaos in Seville are better if you want a whole evening out rather than just a flamenco show.

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11 – Auditorio Alvarez Quintero

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Duende is a word referring to the spirit of the dance, how much the performance touches those watching. Auditorio Alvarez Quintero may just be your standard Tabloa (bar) with tapas on offer, but the dancers are professional and soul touching. As with all the best places to watch flamenco in Seville, you will find an abundance of duende here!

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10 – El Palacio Andaluz

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Flamenco is at its best in a no thrills show, when the dancing does the talking without any need for gimmicks. All that is needed to provide and excellent show is for passion and skill to come together. There are some nice group dances as well, and a broad selection of upcoming dancers, supported by long revered singers and guitarists. This combined with the good service and decent food make this one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville. It should be noted, however, that the large size of this venue can make the dances not very personable, this is the main reason why it’s not higher up on the list.

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9 – El Arenal

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Good food, attentive service, passionate dancing. A perfect combination, right!? Next to the bull ring, this centrally located bar will give you all of that without having to walk too far! The show hear ranges from sultry to dramatic to sensual to heartbreaking. This spellbinding show deserves its place in our countdown of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville. The only downside here, is that the performers can sometimes feel a little far away.

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8 – Museo Del Baile Flamenco

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Unlike many of the others on our list, this is not a bar, but an unconventional museum. Not only does this make it a unique tablao setting for shows, but also the perfect place to come to learn more about the art form. Museo del Baile Flamenco is one of most famous flamenco places in Seville, and as such draws quite large crowds. But the emotionally moving and visually stunning show feels no less intimate. This is without doubt one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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7 – Casa de la Guitarra

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This is another show held away from the traditional bar, this time in a small theatre. What this loses in authenticity it makes up for in intimacy as the dancers have everyone’s full attention. There is no background noise because everyone has come purely to see the flamenco. This concentration and intimacy make Casa de la Guitarra one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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6 – La Carboneria

Calle Cespedes 21

This is the real deal. A hot, crowded bar with three shows a night. The entrance is free, you simply buy a drink and take a seat at the long tables. The roar of conversation is quashed by venerate silence as the dancing starts and all eyes turn to that corner of the room. Very few places can offer this level of authenticity. Although it is far from the most comfortable settings to watch flamenco, this place is nevertheless one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville because of its passionate atmosphere and dedication to authenticity.

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5 – Los Gallos

Plaza Santa Cruz

There can be few better settings than this! Hidden in a building off of Plaza Santa Cruz, serenity will overcome you as you walk across one of the most tranquil plazas in the city before enteing the building for the intimate show. The friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you have and the small venue makes duende almost tangible. This is most definitely one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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4 – Casa de la Memoria

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This is a medium sized venue, but still one of the larger ones on our list. The larger the venue the harder it is to create an intimate atmosphere, but Casa de la Memoria manage to put on soul touching performances every night. Their passion will overcome you during what is considered, among the flamenco artists themselves, the best nightly show in the city. It therefore deserves its lofty seat as on of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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3 – Mantoncillo (Usually Thurs-Sun)

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Triana is the old gypsy neighbourhood of Seville, meaning that if flamenco really was born in Seville it was more than likely born across the river in Triana. For this reason, we believe Triana to be the best place to go to experience the traditional improvised flamenco. Sometimes there’s no full on show, just flamenco aficionados, spending their night out sharing flamenco. Not necessarily any dancing. Just singer and guitarist, and lots of people sharing two or three simple flamenco moves while having a drink. Nothing is more authentic than this quaint little bar. Although they don’t have shows everyday, when they do it’s fantastic. A small bar centered around the performers. This is without doubt one of the best places to experience party-style flamenco in Seville.

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2 – Casa de Flamenco

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Flamenco at its best is a truly captivating art form, the rhythm of the feet pounding like pneumatic drills is almost hypnotic as the graceful upper body entrances you. This is what you’ll experience in Casa de Flamenco as you listen to the singer’s voice cracking with sadness at the thought of their downtrodden life. The melody flies in perfect harmony with guitar so soulful it could make you cry. A performance at Casa de Flamenco has it all, quite possibly the best every day show in all of the city, certainly worthy of its place in our countdown of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville.

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1 – T de Triana (Esencia)

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At our number one is a beautiful bar with views across the river. T de Triana plays host to Esencia dance troop, our favourite dancers in the city! The reason we put this at the top of our best places to watch flamenco in Seville is for one simple reason: it’s the only place we know in the whole city where the dancers will take you on a tapas tour!! Kati or Maria will meet you beforehand and explain all about Triana, tapas, and flamenco as they take you to some of their favourite bars, and really be host to their guests, sharing
flamenco with you as if you were in their own family. All of this before heading to T de Triana where they will dance for you in one of the most intimate settings in the whole city. They really take pride in being the smallest venue in Seville. Despite being small, they offer the same high class artistry as Casa de la Memoria or Casa del Flamenco. It really is a one of a kind experience. If it sounds like something you’d enjoy, then head to our website and we’ll delight in helping you organise it.

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Seville is the heartland of flamenco and as such is the best place to see it in all of Spain! We hope that this countdown has given you some ideas of where to check it out and what kinds of shows are available. If you’re in search of something a bit more hands on, then we’ve got you covered! Why not come and join our Flamenco Dance Lesson and learn how to move like that for yourself? Or, if, like yours truly, you feel you lack the coordination to make a success of trying to dance, join our Flamenco Box Lesson to learn the art of flamenco percussion, the cornerstone from which the music and dancing are built on.

Davey Womack is a tour guide and avid traveller. Read more from his adventures in Spain and around the world by visiting his personal blog.

63 thoughts on “The 12 Best Places to Watch Flamenco in Seville

  1. Tracey says:

    Hello, we are a family of 7 traveling to Seville the 28-31 May. We are looking to make a booking with flamingo and tapas and not in a touristy place. Thank you!

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Tracey,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We don’t arrange anything that is touristy and low quality. You will be with professional dancers and meet local people. The 29th of May could be a great day for a flamenco evening and tapas as also the locals go out and you see more ambiance. I will send you more informatin with the link to book.

      See you in Seville!

  2. Sonali says:

    Hi, We will be in Seville on April 13th and 14th. Can you recommend a show for family of 4 with 2 teens (16 and 13 year old)

  3. Mary says:

    Hello Magda,

    I am travelling to Seville 13-16th april during semana santa with my husband and we would like to see some flamenco in a small non-touristy venue – possibly a bar so we can have drink. We aren’t sure where would be best during the Holy Week? Do you have any recommendations?

    Best wishes,

    Mary

  4. Hassan says:

    Hola Mahsa,

    So glad that I found your page. My partner and I will be in Seville for Holy Week. We would like to see some good flamenco on the night of Saturday 16 or Monday 18 April. Can you please recommend some places. It would be great if they take reservations although that is probably not true of the smaller, more authentic ones. Thanks for you help.

  5. Diba says:

    Hi,
    We are six friends travelling to Spain and will be in Seville on 2, 3, 4 May. We’d like to see Flamenco. Do you have any specific recommendations for those dates?

  6. Fanny says:

    Hello Mahsa,

    We are four friends travelling to Spain and will be in Seville on 29, 30 and 31 March. We’d like to see Flamenco in a small venue, preferably in Tirana. Do you have any specific recommendations for those dates?

    Many thanks
    Fanny

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Fanny,

      Sure! There are some great artists programmed for some of your dates in Triana. I have sent you an email with more details. Please check your spam folder too.

      Thank you!
      Mahsa

      • Chris says:

        Hi Magda
        Can you share the list with me? We are in Tirana now for the next week and would love to experience this. Much as Gracias

        • Mahsa says:

          Hi Chris,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Which list do you refer to?  There is no list of flamenco programs. Each venue works with different artists each day. However, I usually work with and recommend a few smaller ones or very high category ones. Let me know what you need.

          Thanks!

  7. Gaby says:

    Saludos!
    I’ll be in Sevilla from April 15-April 18 (early morning). Do you have any special suggestions for an intimate dinner and show for the 15 or 16 (ideally the 16)? Thank you in advance!!
    -Gaby

  8. Tyler says:

    Hi Mahsa,

    My wife and I are visiting Seville from March 20 (morning) until March 23 (morning). We would love to attend a flamenco show in a smaller (non-touristy) venue. Do you have any recommendations for us?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Tyler,

      I like one venue with which I work a lot in Triana and another one which is quite new in Santa Cruz. I have just asked them about their programs for your dates and will let you know over email. Please keep an eye on your spam folder too. 🙂

      Gracias!

  9. Hannah says:

    Hiya,

    I’m looking for an authentic flamenco show with tapas/dinner for me and my partner to celebrate his birthday on Thurs 3rd March in Seville, do you have any recommendations at all?

    Many thanks,
    Hannah

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Hannah,

      This is a GREAT idea to celebrate his birthday this way and be in the right mood for such an occasion. I think the best option would be to join a Flamenco and Tapas Evening. It includes an intimate show but also it makes for a fun evening trying different tapas and enjoying the very special ambiance that the neighborhood has got and mingling with the cheerful locals. There are some venues with set dinner which I don’t recommend at all as they are big and for tourists. In some other venues, you can order food and it is perfectly fine too. However, the best option would be to experience the whole thing, go with the artist on a tapas tour, visit her favorite places, meet her friends and then watch the show. She will guide you through different foods and drinks and explain a bit about flamenco culture too.

      Gracias!

  10. Vinay says:

    Hello,

    Me and my wife are visiting Seville next week. And we were wondering if you could give us some recommendation on Flamenco show? We are interested in just a show and drinks.

    Thanks,
    Vinay

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Vinay,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Could you tell me your dates please as there are different venues and with different programs and artists each day? Usually, I recommend small venues where you actually get the chance to sit close to the artists and even talk to them and there you have the possibility to order tapas and drinks too if you wish or just enjoy the show. They show costs around 25 euros.

      Let me know. Thanks!

  11. Dana says:

    Hi, I will be in Seville 5-7/03 with 3 friends. We would like to see a typical flamenco show. Can you recommend us something for that weekend. Thank you. Dana

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Dana,

      Sure! You can choose between more classic shows and more casual ones. I would not recommend any touristy shows with big buses parked outside and which serve food. They are ok but very soulless. Let me pass you some more information by email.

    • stacey says:

      Is the T de Triana the same thing as the Triana Flamenco theatre? I want to make sure I’m getting tickets at the right place.
      Thanks – Stacey

      • Mahsa says:

        Hi Stacey,

        No. They are 2 different venues. T de Triana does not exist anymore and has been taken by another venue. Let me know what exactly you are looking for and I might be able to help you.

        Gracias!
        Mahsa

        • Debbie says:

          I’m in Seville looking for a flamenco show that is typically Spanish in a bar maybe with tapas. We are here until Tuesday. What would you recommend?

          • Mahsa says:

            Hola Debbie,

            For tomorrow, I can book for you one small flamenco venue either in Triana or in Santa Cruz and for Monday in Triana. They start around 8pm and you can order some authentic tapas there too.

            Gracias!

  12. Pallavi Singh says:

    Hi,
    I am here in Seville today with my husband. Where can I watch an authentic flamenco shows in a small setup rather than a huge one. Can you please me with this.

      • Mike says:

        Hi Mahsa,

        We’ll be in Sevilla on Sunday, 20 February, looking for an intimate flamenco experience. Could you recommend something in particular?

        Thanks!

  13. Narrelle Clark says:

    Hi, just wondering what evenings of the week Flamenco is available please. We are planning a few days at the end of April 2023. Thanks.

  14. Alex says:

    Hi! I will be traveling to Sevilla from 12/26-12/29. It will be 3 adults and a 4 year old. We would love to see a show that is more intimate but also ok for. 4 year old. What would you recommend?

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Alex,

      There are many different flamenco venues and some quite high quality ones in Seville. I usually recommend an activity that includes a tapas tour in Triana area with a flamenco dancer and than joining her own tour in a very authentic venue. Of course, you can also only join the show and there is no problem with the little one. Let me check their availability and send you more info shortly.

      Gracias!

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Angelique,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us. The flamenco shows in Seville are very different and can also vary from day to day. What we usually do that we check the programs of each venue and see which artists are playing and then book the right show. Generally, I prefer smaller and intimate shows rather than a big and more elaborated and touristy spectacle. Teatro de Triana, Flamenco Essencia and a few other venus in Triana are great and small scale. But again it is best to check before with them or with us to have a non-touristy and authentic experience. 
      We also have a very nice tapas tour combined with a flamenco show which is hosted by flamenco artists and gives you a great insight into their life, work, art, and music. They can also set up a short but fun flamenco dance or drum lesson before the show. 
      Let me know if you need anything else.
      Gracias!

      • Joleen says:

        Hello Mahsa,

        My family will be visiting December 21st and would love a intimate dinner with great food, show and possibly get to dance with the dancers? Please can you suggest some options? Thank you, Joleen

        • Mahsa says:

          Good morning Joleen,

          Sure! I can arrange an authentic experience for you. There are 2 options: one option is going to VERY big and touristy venues with set dinners which I don’t recommend as there are designed for mass tourism. The second option is a small venue where you can order food a la carte and meet the artists. Dancing is not possible since it is a show but if you wish you meet the dancers or take dance lessons with them as a fun family activity before the show it is perfectly possible. Let me know if you need any more information.

          Gracias!

    • Narrelle Clark says:

      Hi, just wondering what evenings of the week Flamenco is available please. We are planning a few days at the end of April 2023. Thanks.

      • Mahsa says:

        Hi Narelle,

        There is a flamenco show every day in Seville. However, the program and quality can change depending on the day and also on the venue. If you let me know your exact dates I can check it and help you to choose the best nontouristy program.

        Thanks!

  15. ivonne zarate says:

    Hi,
    I will go to Sevilla with my husband and 10 years old son on July. I always have loved flamenco. I would like a recommendation about a place to go with my family, and maybe dance with the dancers group, eat and have fun. Thank you!!

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Ivonne,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I just sent you an email with all the information with more classic places as well as options for different activities related to flamenco. Let me know if you need more information.

      Gracias!

  16. Frances Louth says:

    I am not sure if this feed is still open.
    I will be in Seville late September, early October 2020. I believe it is the Flamenco Festival there then.
    How do I find out the best shows to go to and can I book now for them?
    I particularly loved the Museo show I saw last year and was knocked out by the male dancers but would like to try somewhere different this trip.
    Thanks

  17. Satinder Webster says:

    Hi we are coming to Seville early Oct as a family celebration trip . There are 8 of us all adults. We would like to see a flamenco show are enjoy taps and drinks but do not want a tour please can you recommend some places.

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Satinder,

      That is great that you have chosen Seville as your family reunion trip. Oct is usually quite mild and nice to be in Seville. Sometimes the city smells of orange blossoms and Jasmin too. 🙂

      There are many nice flamenco venues in the town and tapas bars. However, I would strongly recommend to book a tour. The reason? It is like going to a National park famous for its bird species. If you go by yourself yo might not see any birds and not notice any difference or learn anything. However if you are with an expert they will show you all the hidden secrets and it brings your day to life. The same thing is with a tapas or flamenco show tour. If you go to a nice tapas bar and order you might get some food but you will miss the best dishes of each bar, the story behind those recipes, all the cultural components. I believe cuisine is a very important part of our culture and it requires some guidance for travellers to be able to enjoy it more. We know exactly what to order in each place, what time to go, what to order and how to combine it with the right drink or food. This cannot be explained but you have to try it. :).

      Let me know if this sounds good to you and I would send you happily a quote to make this evening a memorable night. If not, I would be happy to recommend some tapas bars and venues and invite you to check our blogs that reveal a lot of nice places.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

  18. Courtney says:

    Do you know of anyone that would be willing to give a flamenco guitar lesson? it’s my husband’s dream to have a traditional lesson.

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Courtney,

      Sure! We are in the land of flamenco. :). The only thing is that many guitar players don’t speak much English to be able to give a flamenco guitar lesson in English. But I am asking the dancers and artists we work with and I know and will let you know about the flamenco guitar options. Dreams are sacred! 😉

      Mahsa

  19. Francesca says:

    Hi,
    We will be in Seville at the end of June and are travelling with our 3 year old son, what place do you recommend that we should attend? Do we need to reserve in advance?
    Thanks!
    Francesca

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Francesa,

      Most flamenco venues in Seville don’t allow smaller kids. Some do and in this case, the only condition is that if the kid is loud or cries one of the adults has to accompany it outside. I prefer small venues to the big ones and don’t recommend any place where you can eat and drink during the show! This is a no go. 🙂

      A good place is T de Triana but they start at 9.30pm. Let me know if you need more information and if you would like me to help you to book. What is also very interesting is to book a flamenco dance lesson beforehand as kids and adults alike love it or combine it with a tapas and flamenco show since our guides are all flamenco experts, dancers or singers so that you have another perspective.

      I hope this helps.
      Mahsa

      • Peggy says:

        Hi,
        We will be in Seville next week for family vacations and we would love to go to a flamenco show. Any suggestions for a family with 2 little girls (one and three years old)?

        • Mahsa says:

          Hi Peggy,

          That is a great idea as Seville is a great place to watch a first-class flamenco show. Some flamenco venues don’t allow children. Some do but if they cry to make noise they have to leave to the room. You can check different places such as Baraka, Cafe flamenco (that is my favorite right now), T de Triana where we offer also a tour guided by the flamenco dancer and a tapas evening. Museo de Flamenco is nice too. If you wish to combine your flamenco show with a fun and interactive flamenco dance lesson or drum workshop that makes it much more rewarding even for the kids. In this case, let me know.

          Hope you have a great time!
          Mahsa

  20. Jacquie says:

    We are visiting the next few days, one of our main goals here is to watching a good flamenco show. We have a 3 yr-old with us, can you recommend a venue that might work better for small children?

  21. Odyssey says:

    We are visiting end of July. I would like my daughters (13-15) to participate and immerse into the experience. They like dancing. Any suggestion of Flamenco show for us?

    • Mahsa says:

      Hola Mohsen,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. Sure! Our aim is to connect you with best places to enjoy real flamenco and immerse yourself in the culture. We could arrange a flamenco dance lesson or even a flamenco drum lesson for your girls or for the entire family (it is really fun) and also recommend flamenco venues depending on your dates or book it for you. I will send you more information shortly.

      Gracias!

      Mahsa

  22. Avis says:

    HI
    We are visiting Seville with friends at the end of May 2019, we would like to see an authentic Flamenco (not really a touristy one), preferably with a bar. Could you recommend one please

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Avis,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Sure! 🙂

      Seville has got plenty of flamenco show for all types of interests. Personally, what I like are the smaller and less spectacular shows where you can experience a more original feel of flamenco.

      To start with you can check out different peña de flamenco that is a club where you can watch flamenco and eat too.

      If you aim for a show then I would suggest T de Triana, it takes place in a bar as it used to be, they are half gypsy and the show is small, nice and very educative as they explain a lot. Casa la Teatro is a very nice and small venue too. However, the quality of the show can really depend on who is performing that night. 😉 These are in Triana.

      If you wish to have the first-hand experience I would suggest joining our flamenco show and tapas. The reason? You will be with a flamenco dancer, have some of the best tapas in the town and chat with an expert about this very underground scene. That is total immersion!

      Also, they are more classical venues such as Teatro la Triana, Casa de Flamenco, Casa la memoria, Auditorio…

      Let me know if you need more information.

      Enjoy Seville!
      Mahsa

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Innes,

      There are many many places to watch a nice flamenco show. For small flamenco venues I would suggest Casa la Teatro and T de Triana. For larger ones Casa de Flamenco and Casa de flamenco. Auditorio is a nice show too. If you like flamenco and would like to understand more you can also join our flamenco show and tapas tour that is a guided by a first-class flamenco artist and combines great food with a nice show and a lot of insider tips.

      Enjoy!
      Mahsa

  23. Peggy says:

    Hi, what is a good place in Seville to see intimate authentic dance and flamingo guitar please on 13th or 14th May 2019?

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Peggy,

      Thanks for reaching out. There are many flamenco venues in Seville. Mostly are bigger ones which also can be of high quality too. If you look for a small place and authentic I would suggest T de Triana as they also explain a bit about flamenco. Casa La Teatro is also a nice location and a charming interior. If you need help with the booking let me know.

      Enjoy the evening filled with music! 🙂
      Mahsa

  24. Marvin Wan says:

    Hi,

    I’m travelling to Seville mid-July with my 2 kids, 11 and 13. Do you have any recommendation for us? My 11 years old love dancing but the 13 years old boy is not a fan.

    Thanks,
    Marvin

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Marvin,

      Of course! You can join the flamenco dance workshop and your older kid can just watch or he or she can do a flamenco drum lesson instead. We also have some kayaking, standup paddle or horse riding that kids tend to love. I will send you more options shortly.

      Gracias!
      Mahsa

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Diane,

      Sure! There are many shows at many different times. Let me know if you have any special interests or prefer something classic, intimate, gypsy etc.?

      We also have very nice flamenco show and tapas evening where you can visit some authentic bars with a flamenco dancer as your guide and even attend her own show which is the most intimate flamenco show in Seville right now.

      Have a great stay!

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