Did you know that Madrid is the flamenco capital of Spain?
Yes, the art form was born in Andalusia, but Madrid is like Broadway or the West End… it’s where the greats from all over Spain come to make their name. The upshot? Madrid is hands down the best place to see flamenco in the country in terms of talent, and has a rich flamenco scene and community.
And my Madrid-born wife, Yolanda Martin, offers fully private flamenco tours & experiences in Madrid. Yes, this is a shameless plug. But trust me. She is the paramount English-speaking flamenco expert in Madrid – passionate, intelligent and very plugged into the flamenco scene. She lives flamenco.
What is a flamenco tour?
Rather than just seeing a show on your own, by taking Yolanda’s tour you will truly appreciate this amazing art-form. Her tour is fully private, and she will meet you in Madrid’s flamenco neighbourhood where you will first sit down for a glass of wine and a tapa in an atmospheric family-run bar where she explains the historical and cultural context that flamenco exists in (also using images and video). Then she’ll take you on a brief twilight stroll through Madrid’s paramount flamenco neighbourhood where you’ll visit artisan flamenco shops, meet the artisans and also get exclusive access to the world’s most famous flamenco school. Finally, armed with all that knowledge and appreciation of the art form, she’ll take you to the show that she has handpicked for that evening. Yolanda chooses from a range of the best venues depending on who is performing (dance, singing and guitar) that night. The upshot? As she says, by the end of the evening, you’ll have a better understanding of flamenco than the average Spaniard. No kidding.
You can take a look at a little intro by Yolanda below, and be sure to check out her amazing TripAdvisor reviews. Finally, you can check out her tour here: http://theflamencoguide.com