Flamenco is a fundamental part of the culture of Andalusia and also of Granada. The origins of this genre in the capital of Granada go back to the first gypsy communities that settled in the Sacromonte neighbourhood. The importance of this neighbourhood continues to this day and its cave houses are home to some of the best tablaos in Granada. It is not the only place where flamenco has taken root, as it has spread throughout the city over the years and today you can breathe flamenco in every corner of the city.
In this post I am going to tell you about these corners. The most important of them, at least. Traditional flamenco "Tablaos", cave houses that are authentic temples of this genre or places that combine the shows with the possibility of tasting the gastronomy of Granada. Since seeing a flamenco show is one of the best things to do in Granada, here are the 10 best options:
1. Flamenco show in the Tarantos Cave
I begin this review of the temples of flamenco in Granada with the mythical Cueva de los Tarantos. This cave house in the heart of Sacromonte dates back to the 15th century and has been hosting flamenco shows since 1972. Its performances are considered to be some of the purest and most passionate in Granada, making the Cueva de los Tarantos one of the best places to enjoy the genre.
They offer two shows a day with a small capacity in order to maintain an intimate character. The first at 21:00 at night and the second at 22:30. Each show lasts approximately 75 minutes and includes a drink for an approximate price of 26 euros per ticket.
They also offer the possibility of combining the show with dinner and even give flamenco classes. You can find all the information on their official website.
- Price: 26 euros approximately.
- Location: Camino del Sacromonte 9
- Showtimes: normally around 21:00 and 22:30.
2. La Cueva de la Rocio
The Cueva de la Rocío was founded in 1951, which makes it one of the oldest caves in Sacromonte.
The word "zambra" comes from the Arabic "zumra" which can be translated as "fiesta" and refers to the festivities celebrated by the gypsy community at their weddings in the 17th century.
This cave is owned by one of the most important families in the flamenco world, the Maya family. It is synonymous with flamenco shows of the highest quality.
In the Cueva del Rocío there are shows from Tuesday to Saturday, with performances at 20:00, 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00. The ticket price starts at 15 euros and goes up to 55 euros approximately, including drinks or the possibility of including dinner.
It has an advantage that gives it an extra value and that is that it offers transfers by minibus from the centre of Granada to see the show.
- Price: Between 15 and 55 euros.
- Location: Camino del Sacromonte 70.
- Showtimes: 20:00, 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00 hours
3. The temple of Flamenco
Once out of the Sacromonte district we move to the Albaycin to find more prestigious flamenco tablaos. The first of these is a temple of flamenco and, in fact, its name is the temple of flamenco.
The Flatro111 Company is in charge of the show for the enjoyment of the audience in this place installed in a large cave house. In fact, it is one of the largest in Granada.
There are performances every day. The first shows usually include lunch at 13:30 and then there are shows at 18:00 20:00 and 22:00. Each performance lasts about 70 minutes.
The temple of flamenco is one of the best places to see a show combined with dinner, as they have a wide range of menus to suit all tastes. Prices start at 26 euros and can go up to 60 euros if dinner is included.
Information of interest
- Price: Between 26 and 60 euros approximately.
- Location: Calle Pernaleros Alto 41
- Shows: 13:30, 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00 hours.
4. Flamenco Tablao in the Alboreá
The Tablao Flamenco de la Alboreá is one of the best value for money options to enjoy a good show.
Tickets start from just 18 euros (approximate) and there are two shows a day at 19:00 and 20:45. Each performance lasts an hour and features a cantaor (flamenco singer), a guitarist, a bailaor (male and female flamenco dancer) and a bailaora (female flamenco dancer) with a lot of art.
The venue also offers dinner with the show and is located in the heart of the city centre, just a few minutes from another must-see monument : Grandada Cathedral.
It is, for price, duration of the show and location, one of the best options to enjoy flamenco in a very comfortable way.
Information of interest
- Price: From 18 euros.
- Location: Calle Pan 3.
- Shows: 19:00 and 20:45 hours.
5. Show in the Zoraya Gardens
Although there are many flamenco tablaos that offer dinner + show, the Zoraya gardens are very different in this aspect. Mainly because they are located in a Carmen.
It is a typical Albaycin building with an inner courtyard which, in this case, houses a garden with fruit trees and fountains that make a perfect setting for a dinner and flamenco show.
In the Zoraya gardens there are three daily shows at 18:00, 20:00 and 22:30. Each of these shows lasts one hour.
Ticket prices start at approximately 20 euros, and depending on whether you choose dinner, the price can go up. You can check the options on their website.
The location is also privileged, as it is just a few minutes from the San Nicolás viewpoint.
- Price: From 20 euros approx.
- Location: Calle Panaderos 32.
- Shows: 18:00, 20:00 and 22:30.
6. House of Flamenco Art
The Casa del Arte Flamenco is one of the most traditional tablaos in Granada.
Located at the foot of the Alhambra, in the heart of the Realejo district, it takes less than 5 minutes to get there from the Cathedral of Granada.
La casa del arte flamenco is one of the favourite tablaos for the purists of this genre, as its performances are always faithful to the most classic flamenco.
There are two one-hour shows a day, at 19:00 and 20:30. To see this show starts at around 22 euros and the price can also be increased to include dinner.
- Price: From 22 euros approx.
- Location: Cta de Gomérez 11
- Shows: 19:00 and 20:30 hours
7. Soleá Show
La Soleá is a flamenco tablao located in a very peculiar place. Specifically, it is located in the bullring of Granada. As a result, it is a place where two of the most representative traditions of Spain, flamenco and bullfighting, are combined.
La Soleá has two shows at dinner time, the first one at 21:00 and the second one at 22:45. Both last approximately one and a quarter hours.
In this place flamenco is also seasoned with good gastronomy and its dinners with the show stand out. This includes a drink for a price of 26 euros and if you want to add dinner the price rises to 52 euros for a tapas menu or 58 if you want a more elaborate menu.
- Price: Between 26 and 58 euros approx.
- Location: Monumental de Frascuelo Bullring of Granada
- Showtimes: 21:00 and 22:45
8. The Zambra of María La Canastera
La Zambra de Maria La Canastera is one of the oldest and most traditional flamenco "tablaos" in Granada.
It is located in the heart of Sacromonte in a traditional cave house with a typical decoration of its origins with photographs of the illustrious figures who have passed through this cave. The descendants of María La Canastera are in charge of keeping the flamenco spirit of the place intact.
The capacity of the cave is less than 100 people and there is only one night show at 21:15, making it one of the most difficult tablaos to get a ticket to.
In this case it is highly recommended to book in advance from their website. The price of this purely flamenco show is around 30 euros.
Information of interest
- Price: 30 euros approx.
- Location: Camino del Sacromonte 89.
- Showtimes: at 21:15.
9. Dinner and flamenco at Venta El Gallo
More than a flamenco tablao, Venta del Gallo is a restaurant with flamenco shows. Typical Andalusian gastronomy is the protagonist and flamenco is the best way to enjoy its dishes.
This is not to say that the show is not up to par, far from it. There is only one show a day, but there are up to 4 menus to choose from. All of them with Andalusian dishes and products as a common thread. In this link you can see what menus and products are on the menu.
The show takes place at 21:00 hours and you can choose between seeing it with a drink or with a full dinner. If you only want to see the flamenco show it will cost about 20 euros and if you want to add dinner, depending on the menu, the prices are around 50 euros.
Another great advantage is that they offer the possibility of including transport from the centre, something to take into account, as the Venta is located in the Sacromonte, a little further away from the centre.
- Price: Between 20 and 50 euros approx.
- Location: Barranco de los Negros 5
- Shows: One at 21:00 hours from Monday to Sunday.
10. Flamenco Tablao Albayzin
The Tablao de Albayzin, also known as the Tablao de la Reina Mora, is the tablao with the best views in Granada.
This is because its Mudejar-style venue is located right next to the famous Mirador de San Nicolas, where you can enjoy the best views of the Alhambra. This is undoubtedly an important addition, but the main attraction is, of course, their flamenco performances.
The single pass to see the show is at 21:30 and there is also the possibility to complete it with a tapas dinner. The show alone costs about 18 euros.
Adding a drink, the price rises to 25 euros and with dinner to 40 euros.
This place also has the option of including a tour of the Albaycin and Sacromonte which is one of the best guided tours you can do in Granada. And as an extra, they also have a chill out area with great views.
Information of interest
- Price: Between 18 and 40 euros approx.
- Location: Carretera de Murcia next to the Mirado de San Nicolás.
- Passes: Single pass at 21:30 hours.