Flamenco at Cueva Los Tarantos, Granada: My Review

Flamenco at Cueva Los Tarantos, Granada: My Review

Are you wondering which one of the flamenco shows in Granada should you choose?

In this article, I will review one of the most popular options which is the show at Cueva los Tarantos, a small cave restaurant and flamenco venue at the beginning of Sacromonte.

For reference, I have been to four other flamenco shows in Granada and elsewhere, so I have experience with a variety of different flamenco styles and also venues.

My verdict? I liked the show more than I thought I would (for the reasons you can read below), so if you’re on the edge whether you book it or not, I recommend checking it out!

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The Venue

The venue was the main reason why I wanted to see this show – my previous flamenco experiences were in a dedicated flamenco venue or even theater, so I wanted to experience the most authentic setting this time.

Many people claim that flamenco originates in these very same caves in the district of Sacromonte, and you can witness the history of this long standing tradition also in the local cave museum. Flamenco has also recently made it to the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

What you should be aware of, though, is that there is a lot of moisture and it smells a little like mold, so if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing you might want to skip this venue.

The cave is set up in a traditional layout, with one long room stretching to the end of the cave. It is separated into two parts, one is for those who book a show with dinner, and the other one is for those who book only drinks. There are plenty of chairs lining both sides of the cave, with the seats for musicians and the dancefloor in the middle.

The two shows run simultaneously in both rooms, and after a break in the middle the artists simply change places between the rooms.

We had comfortable seats and drinks were served promptly, but compared to other venues I’ve been the view of the artists and dancers was pretty limited.

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The Flamenco Dancers

The show itself was very good, I was especially impressed – just like everyone else in the room – with the male dancer who stood out with his technique and stamina.

He went on with the show for over 10 minutes without a single break!

You will notice from the photos that the stage is pretty small, and limited room for them to move, so that put quite a bit of restrictions on the choreography but also the size of the dresses the ladies could wear – they were pretty simple and humble compared to other shows I’ve seen.

The other thing I noticed is that for a lot of the time the dancers were facing with the back to half of the room, and having to alternate their positions so they could face both ends of the cave.

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Final Verdict

I was surprised I liked the show as much as I did. I had some reservations due to the limited view of the stage, and layout of the venue, but it felt much more authentic than the other places which make you feel like you’re in a theater.

As I mentioned earlier, the male dancer at this show was the best one I’ve seen so far, and it’s well worth booking the show just to see him do his magic on the dancefloor.

If you only get one chance to see a flamenco in Granada, I think you will like this place as much as I did!

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Practical Tips for Booking the Show

  • they run a few shows per day and you can book them with a free drink included but also with dinner
  • I had tickets for the show with drinks, which include soft drinks, wine or beer
  • you can also order more drinks before the show or during the break
  • the venue is easily accessible right at the entrance to Sacromonte
  • parking is pretty much non-existent, I recommend walking up there or taking a taxi
  • don’t take the seats opposite the musicians, sit at either end of the cave to get the best view
  • the show was full even in winter, so book your spot in advance

Other Flamenco Shows You Might Like

If you would like a few more options, I can also highly recommend the flamenco show at La Alborea, which is one of the most popular venues in Granada.

The venue has a great layout with elevated seating (check out my post here), so you great views no matter where you sit. You also get a free drink and an option to book a dinner with the show.

La Alborea Flamenco:

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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