It is difficult to speak of Seville and its virtues without mentioning flamenco music. The Andalusian capital and this century old art are strongly intertwined from its origins, and that is something that is perceived immediately. You can sense flamenco everywhere you go in Seville.
Flamenco’s origins are surrounded by some controversy, mainly because of the difference in opinion regarding its origin. Some say that this art has an Arabic origin, others think it comes from the Romani ethnic group. One thing is clear, Andalusia has always played a key role in the history of flamenco. A history in which the neighbourhood of Triana played and plays a key part for the development of flamenco music.
Triana is historically considered as one of the birthplaces of flamenco. This neighbourhood has watched the development and growth of flamenco, to the point of becoming the heart of this art during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In fact, many of the best flamenco artist are from this area. It is no coincidence that Triana has its own style of flamenco singing and dancing, known as the soleá de Triana.
It is said that the first flamenco musical notes were made during meetings and family gatherings. It then acquired a public dimension, and begun being played in theatres and cafes cantantes. These were lounges with a stage or tablao, and chairs for the audience to enjoy flamenco shows in Triana. Precisely these cabarets were the origin of the current flamenco shows.
Nowadays, you can see flamenco shows in many corners of Seville, where flamenco clubs that offer daily shows for tourists have proliferated in recent years. But, in Triana there are also another type of establishments, that have become famous over the years for keeping alive the true spirit of flamenco.
Establishments such as El Mantoncillo (C/Pottery, 104) or Casa Anselma (C/Pagés del Corro, 49) are must visit bars in Triana, for their live flamenco shows, where the audience joins in the singing and dancing. They are the most popular taverns where flamenco music and dance is worshipped.
The tavern Lola de los Reyes (C/Blas Infante, 6) is also known in Triana for its live flamenco shows, which you will be able to enjoy without crowds. If you’re in this picturesque neighbourhood you must also visit Betis Street, which is full of bars and terraces with a warm atmosphere, and where you will find establishments offering live flamenco shows like the bar Lo Nuestro (C/Betis, 31).
If you are visiting the Andalusian capital we suggest you stay at one of Petit Palace’s hotels in Seville, from where you can comfortably visit the main tourist attractions of the city, such as La Giralda and Maria Luisa Gardens.