On the Costa del Sol coast of Spain sits Málaga, a port city rich in history and culture, and also the birthplace of Malaguenas, a traditional style of Andalusian music (flamenco) from the beginning of the 19th century and still practiced throughout Spain today. The dance is a traditional style of Spanish folk music that includes singing, guitar playing, dancing and hand clapping. |
Female flamenco dancers typically wear bright coloured dresses, with their hair swept back tightly into a bun and high heels, while male guitarists and singers in their dark suits accompany the ladies.
A highly entertaining show, Malaguenas-style flamenco is enjoyed by all ages and is a great way to experience the regional music of Málaga in the company of family and friends during a summer vacation.
Where to See a Flamenco Show
There are many places in and around Málaga where tourists can catch an authentic flamenco show. Here are three distinct options to choose from.
Kelipe is a family-run cultural education centre and flamenco venue located in the city centre whose mission is to share an authentic experience with visitors. Kelipe holds shows every Thursday to Saturday evenings in a small, intimate setting where they seek to increase the public’s understanding of the history and expression of authentic flamenco through their performances. Each ticket includes two drinks.
Liceo Flamenco, a restaurant/bar located in the city, in a beautiful, old historical building with high ceilings showcases the distinctive dancing at its best on Thursday to Sunday evenings. Tickets include dinner and drinks and are very reasonably priced, making it an attractive option to take in a show while enjoying a meal with friends or family in a beautiful setting.
The Bienal de Flamenco is a cultural event performed outside in the open air that showcases some of the best artists from all over Spain. The month-long event is held in September of every other year in Málaga a, as well as in the nearby towns of Nerja, Antequera, Fuengirola and Ronda. The next Bienal de Flamenco will take place in September 2017 and is often scheduled around other flamenco-themed events such as exhibits and smaller performances throughout the area.
Travel to Malaga
During the summer months, Málaga welcomes tourists from all over the world who are drawn to the history, culture, music, food and of course, the beautiful sand beaches and warm climate of this coastal city. There are many direct flights into the Malaga airport from most major European and international cities. Taxis from Malaga airport transport visitors into the city centre on a regular basis, making travel in and around Málaga easy and stress-free.
Most cities within Spain are well-connected, with regular train and bus service from Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Madrid, carrying visitors to Malaga in less than a few hours’ travel time. Those arriving from Barcelona may consider boarding a direct flight into Malaga to avoid the longer travel time by train.
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