Hola Amigos! You will hardly see us suggesting an entire itinerary since we believe that ought to be a personal affair driven by one's interests and likes (why follow the herd, eh?!). We would rather, always indulge you with authentic experiences. This one is no less jaw-dropping-an-experience than our last blog, and we will make you dance to our tune, literally!
When one thinks of Flamenco, the first thing that comes to mind is Olé (or for us Indians, it could be 'Senorita from ZNMD'). Olé is a colloquial Spanish expression where human physicality inspires people to cheer (football game for instance). If you are keen to experience a 'Flamenco' performance (which we strongly recommend you should), avoid falling for tourist traps in Barcelona/Madrid. Instead, consider immersing yourselves in Andalusia (southern part of Spain).
Last year, 'Theculturetrip' recognized Granada as a must once-in-a-lifetime visit and we cannot agree more. Granada is a magical place which offers an unbelievable mix of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures. You will find gypsies singing 'Flamenco' in the mountains, with the view of famous 'Alhambra'. We were lucky ourselves to encounter some:
Often confused with tap-dance, Flamenco originates from this very region and is said to have its roots in Indian (yes!), Arabic and Spanish culture. Traditional flamenco gatherings include Bailaores and Bailaoras (Flamenco dancers), cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dancing), jaleo (chorus clapping), palmas (hand clapping) and around 20 guests.
As an art form that explores the deepest feelings, there is always an emotional element, period! If you have already been to a Flamenco performance, we are sure you will agree that it does seem like a state of mind conveying emotions such as pain and sadness.
The show lasted for about an hour. It costed us EUR 30 per person with Sangria on the house!
a) On January 23rd 2009 Rosario Varela set the record for the fastest Bailaora, with 1,274 taps in a minute!
b) Some articles claim that Gypsies or "Roma" from Rajasthan, India migrated to Europe several hundred years ago. These gypsies brought with them their music and dance, which was then absorbed into the dominant cultures of Andalusia.