While traveling though Portugal, we spontaneously decided to visit Spain for a few days. We chose Seville since it was the closest city 5 hours away by bus. The first thing you need to know is how to pronounce the city.
Seville or Sevilla?
- Sevilla is Spanish. It is pronounced ‘Se-bi-ya’, never ‘Se-vil-a’.
- Seville is English. It is pronounced ‘Se-vil’.
One of the main things we wanted to accomplish, besides eating our weight in tapas, was to attend an authentic Flamenco show.
What we learned is that although tourists often visit Spain to see ‘flamenco dancing’, flamenco is actually not ‘a dance’. Flamenco is a musical form that sometimes has dancing in it.
Since we were on such a tight budget and nearing the end of our trip, we sought out shows that were budget friendly. Lucky for us, with a little research we were able to find a free show just a few blocks away in Barrio de Santa Cruz at a bar called La Carbonara.
After getting lost in the narrow streets of Seville, we finally reached La Carbonara. The room was filled with groups of people enjoying jugs of Sangria and tables covered with tapas. In the corner, there was an artist doing on the spot paintings.
The performers walked on the stage and the room went silent. The guitarist started strumming his guitar and belted out the most beautiful flamenco song. Shortly after, the dancer stood up.
Her demeanor was serious and at the beginning of the song she stood perfectly still. Then, as she started feeling the music she began a steady beat of loud hand clapping. The more the song progressed, the more passionate the she became. The dance included fierce stomping and graceful arm movements, creating a visual intensity for our eyes. We were blown away.
If you visit Seville, a Flamenco show is a must.
Here is a video I found of another show. Enjoy!