Seville: Flamenco Tour & Performance
- Skip the line through a separate entrance
- Duration: 2 hours
Our guide arrived some 15 minutes late, made worse by the burning heat we were waiting in. The slow walk from the meeting place to the event venue seemed further than necessary and worked to stretch what probably should have been an hour long experience into a 2 hour one. The guide was very friendly, pleasant and seemingly knowledgeable although I would have liked him to explain about the techniques and visual meanings involved in flamenco dancing rather than focusing solely on historical issues. The venue, although a little cramped was adequate and cosy. Extra drinks could be purchased if desired. The performances themselves, from the guitarist, singer and dancer were amazing. I would definitely attend this event again. Oh, and the free wine (I chose the non-sweet, port version rather than the sweet orange flavored one) was very nice.
Really enjoyed the later tour as a lot less people on the streets. Our guide Vicente Moscardo was excellent and spoken great English. Very lucky we were a little group of 4 so had our own personal guide. Tricky finding the meeting spot as map online a bit vague. Not so sure about the flamenco section. Only one female dancer for two dances. Would like to see a male too. Most of the show was taken up with singing and guitar playing. A lot of explanation in Spanish but very little in English at the flamenco show.
Our guide Jose was fantastic as he knew the history so well. Perhaps the meeting point should be at Triana so it saves 15-20 minutes to walk there. We were given refreshing drinks as he took us through how Flamenco came about and was able to answer our questions thoughtfully. The performance was passionate and the beat went through you, couldn't take our eyes off her. She expresses the story through her expressions, simply gorgeous!
The explanation of the history and various types of flamenco was very informative. One good thing was that they split group of participants according to the language groups i.e. English, Spanish and French so we don't have to wait for the guide to repeat information in other languages like what I experienced with some day trips. The dance was really good.
Interesting tour, although half the time was spent walking from meeting point to the theater. We stopped along the way so that the guide could provide a history of flamenco which was interesting. The show at the end was excellent.