Palau Dalmases, Barcelona: experience authentic flamenco (dance and music) in a 17th century Baroque palace.
Located deep in the heart of Barcelona’s Old Town, this candlelit 17th-century Baroque palace bursts to life every night with the hypnotic rhythms of traditional Spanish flamenco.
The performers here danced and sang and strummed their Spanish guitars with such intensity and raw emotion that I had tears in my eyes for much of the show, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
It’s an extremely intimate space and you can literally hear and feel every subtle movement the performers make, every raspy breath, every grunt of exertion.
Built for the Catalan aristocrat Pau Ignasi de Dalmases i Ros, the stage is set under a series of vaulted ceilings, where ancient oil paintings and antiques hang from stone walls.
It feels like being transported back in time to a party at a noble family’s private residence.
It’s important to remember that flamenco comes from the south of Spain and is not a Catalan thing. But, like many big cities in Spain, Barcelona attracts some of the best flamenco dancers and musicians from across the country.
I’ve been to a few flamenco shows in Barcelona now and this was definitely one of the best I’ve experienced. Why? Because you can tell when someone is giving you their all, you can feel it as the tingles rush up and down your spine, as your heart begins to race.
Make it Happen
Tickets cost €25 per person – the price includes a free glass of wine (or beer/soft drink).
There are three flamenco shows per night at Palau Dalmases (6pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm). Try to make it for the 7.30pm show when the performers are nicely warmed up, but not fatigued.
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 20 – the Born barrio, Barcelona (next door to the Picasso Museum)