“What is the best flamenco show in Madrid?” “Where can I enjoy a traditional non-touristy flamenco show?”
You cannot imagine how many of these questions I get from readers like you.
“We would prefer a non-touristy type venue rather than a large theater to see flamenco.”
“I want to see real flamenco dance, not a gimmicky tourist stage.”
And it goes on and on…
Although Madrid may not be the traditional homeland of the flamenco genre, some of the most ancient flamenco tablaos were established here and have continued to flourish, attracting the top performers to their stages and dance floors.
With so many choices available and so many polarizing reviews online, here’s the answer to this question, based on my own experience.
I think I have been to Corral de la Morería 6 or 7 times now. I should get a VIP member card or something… 🙂
And I can’t remember of a night that has been nothing but magical. No matter what, I leave ecstatic.
So there you have it, that’s the best flamenco show in Madrid.
The show changes periodically so you may enjoy a show focused on a single dancer, a small group, or a whole ensemble barely fitting in the stage. Every time is a completely new world to discover.
Corral de la Morería is located in the center of Madrid, very close to the Royal Palace. The tablao was founded by Manuel del Rey in 1956, making it one of the oldest, continuously run flamenco establishments in the country. Over the years the establishment has featured a long list of famous flamenco artists.
Named the best flamenco venue in the world by Spain’s most prestigious flamenco magazine, and among the New York Times’ 1,000 places to see before you die, this traditional Madrid flamenco show is a bucket-list must.
Because it’s a completely unique experience!
Being from Madrid myself, if some friend from somewhere else and especially from another country come to visit, there’s only one place I would take them: Corral de la Morería.
I’m not the biggest flamenco fan, but I’m totally impressed every time I go there, so I cannot imagine what it’s like for a foreigner.
Yes it will be crowded, yes you will need to make reservations and yes it’s in ever guide book… But all for very good reason.
Simply said, Corral de la Morería is the best.
The place is obviously very popular and it’s not cheap either.
The show (a must) is about 50€ and then there are menus of all types (from 50€ to 100€ per person), so it’s not a place you would go to every week…
But that’s not the idea either. Corral de la Morería wakes something magical inside you and invites you to come back and live it intensely.
So the Corral de la Morería is a luxury you have to indulge in. It’s more expensive than other tablaos, but you can really tell the difference in the quality of its shows and the service offered.
It’s up to you to try it.
Because it’s a very famous flamenco temple.
Some of the world’s top flamenco singers, dancers and guitarists have performed here, including Isabel Pantoja, La Chunga, Antonio Gades, Blanca del Rey and Pastora Imperio.
Regarded by many as the country’s flamenco mecca, Corral de la Morería currently has its own troupe of dancers, guitar players and singers.
The show, which lasts an hour and ten minutes, begins after dinner.
There are two sessions: one at 19:30 and another one at 21:30.
The latter one is my favorite because it’s way more canalla. In other words, the music will be pulsating, and the dancers will tap around with ease and sex appeal.
The ideal is to go and have dinner so that when the shows begins you just have to enjoy the art one can feel in this tablao, which, by the way, is pure local folklore.
It has a capacity of 140 people with tables laid out for good visibility.
For certain tables, and especially on weekends, the demand is very high so I suggest you book your tickets as soon as possible to get a good place in front of the stage.
The establishment receives a recommendation in the Michelin Guide year after year, a testament to its continuous quality.
Corral de la Morería made a commitment that the food must be a main feature in addition to the show. Their goal is to not only be the “premier flamenco venue, but to also have a gourmet restaurant offering the very best in service”.
Each dish is creative and modern all while keeping true to traditional cuisine. You have the option of dining à la carte or choosing a tasting menu.
Go with the tasting menu and let the chef make the decisions, you won’t be disappointed.
This article is part of a complete tutorial about flamenco in Madrid where you can read all the information you need to enjoy this typical Andalusian folklore.
Here is a complete summary of all the guide:
1. What is flamenco?
2. Where to see flamenco in Madrid?
3. The best flamenco show in Madrid
4. Flamenco tablaos in Madrid
5. Small flamenco venues in Madrid
6. Flamenco bars in Madrid
7. 6 tips to enjoy flamenco dancing in Madrid
8. Where to take flamenco dance lessons in Madrid
9. Flamenco history and origins
10. Understanding flamenco singing (cante)
11. Understanding flamenco dance (baile)
12. Understanding flamenco guitar (toque)
13. The different flamenco styles
14. A flamenco glossary