Dancing Holidays in Spain
Andalucia is a region of southern Spain rich in culture and traditions. Jews, Muslims and Christians have
lived together for centuries, leaving a deep impression on their customs, gastronomy, art and
Flamenco was born in these lands as a cry of hope for the most disadvantaged. It is an art that
grows from the people. It is pure passion, suffering, joy and love for life. All this is reflected in the singing
but especially in the way of dancing. Flamenco dancing reflects the culture of an entire people, their
way of being. A Flamenco Dancing Holiday can bring us closer to the depths of Andalucia, their way of understanding life, singing, dancing, enjoying each day as if it were the last. Seville, Jerez, Cadiz, Granada.
Either if you are a beginner or have some flamenco dance knowledge get ready to discover these pearls through dance.
Day 1. Seville
Evening Tapas and Flamenco as you step out from the airport.
A wonderful city that opens its doors to enjoy an evening full of good Andalusian cuisine and authentic flamenco. Eenjoy gourmet tapas different bars, accompanied by good local wines. All this while you walk the narrow streets of the old Sevillian town and discover its history. You can also find authentic flamenco shows that will immerse you in the Spanish culture as if you were citizens of Seville.
Day 2. Seville.
Bike tour and introduction to flamenco
Seville is a totally flat city with an exceptional climate with more than 2,898 hours of sunshine per year. It is the perfect place to travel by bicycle.
So, after a good breakfast in a local cafeteria where you can learn some basic Spanish vocabulary, you will be riding a bike through beautiful places such as the Palacio de San Telmo, the Giralda or the Torre del Oro.
The stop to eat will be in one of the many amazing food markets of the city where you can choose between
many of fresh and local products. Fish, tapas, fruits and vegetables, meats, good wines and juices to regain strength. Be ready for the truly Mediterranean diet.
The fun continues with an afternoon full of music. You can attend an introductory flamenco class
where a professional guitarist will explain the history and rhythms in a practical and fun way.
Day 3. Seville
Sevillanas class, Triana tour and Gazpacho
You can take your first flamenco dance lesson. You will start with the Sevillanas, a very popular style of festive dance in Seville. They are also danced in the different fairs that are celebrated in the Andalusian community,
especially in the Feria de Abril in Seville or in the pilgrimage of El Rocío.
Lunch can be a gastronomic and social experience since you can learn how to prepare a typical Andalusian dish called Gazpacho. A very healthy and refreshing meal that consists of mixing fresh tomatoes with other vegetables. Locals from the popular neighborhood of Triana can help you prepare it. You will have the opportunity to
talk to them and learn about the history of their neighborhood. Take the chance to walk through the streets of this side of Seville located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Triana is a beautiful neighborhood that has a lot of history related to art and culture. It has been an important location for the production of ceramics, a place of coexistence between gypsies and payos, and, in addition, an important place to discover new talents for flamenco.
Day 4. Jerez de la Frontera
Bulerías class, lunch with gypsies and wine experience
Few places in Spain enjoy an international recognition like that enjoyed by Jerez. Thanks to its wine – the “jerez” or “sherry” -, the equestrian and bullfighting tradition, flamenco and the motor, the name of this Andalusian city
has long since crossed borders. Many say that Jerez is were Flamenco was born.
Here you can learn the steps of the Bulería. It is a fast and cheerful rhythm typical of Jerez, another festive dance
that shows the desire to live life to the fullest.
Before lunch you can visit one of its famous wineries with a delicious wine tasting.
And for lunch why don’t you enjoy the famous Potaje cooked by a gypsy family. You will eat it at their home and they will tell you what it means to be a gypsy, their history, what family means to them, how they enjoy flamenco.
After such an intense day, you can take a pleasant walk through the old part of Jerez.
Day 5. Cádiz
Alegrías class, Food Market and sunset. The “Tacita de Plata” is considered the oldest city in the West. Cosmopolitan and open city, Columbus chose his port as a starting point for his second trip to the New World. The city would become, in the port of the Indies, agglutinating the mercantile flow with America.
A walk along the seafront of Cádiz will evoke the visitor the image of Havana’s boardwalk. The people of Cadiz are open and friendly and they show it in their carnivals, declared of International Tourist Interest. The most important festival of the city. You can spend the morning learning about Alegrías style, a very festive dance that invites
you to move your arms and feet and have a good time. Cádiz has an impressive gastronomy that will make your senses explode. Fresh fish, seafood, olive oil, cheeses and wines from the region. All this available for you at the Central Food Market. In the evening you can take a nice walk through this beautiful southern city and enjoy a fantastic sunset over the sea.
Day 6. Deep Andalucía
Ronda, Bulls and Granada
Let’s spend the day in deep Andalucía, between mountain ranges, olive groves, rivers and Mediterranean meadow.
On your way to Granada you can make a stop in Ronda wich is located in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda, about 100 km from the city of Malaga. Surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting on a deep ravine. It is worth going through the Puente Nuevo with spectacular views, the bullring, one of the oldest in Spain, and the Arab baths.
Make a stop at a farm dedicated to fighting bulls. We know that there is a great debate about the world of bulls and for this reason you should see how it works. How bulls live in the countryside, the history of bullfighting, what is a bullfighter and how they learn bullfighting, its influence to Flamenco. The farm is located in the middle of an impressive natural landscape. It is part of a nature reserve protected by the state.
Day 7. Granada
Zambra, Sacromonte and Albaicín
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, between the Darro and Genil rivers, Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The fact of being the last city reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 gives Granada an
unmistakable Arabic flavor. Its gastronomy, craftsmanship and urbanism are determined by its glorious historical past. Fountains, viewpoints and Cármenes, the houses surrounded by characteristic gardens of this city, contribute to create unforgettable corners. One of its old neighborhoods, the Albaicín, is a World Heritage Site along with the Alhambra and the Generalife.
The morning is a good time to dance Zambra, a dance style typical of the gypsies who lived in the caves of Sacromonte. It is a festive dance that is danced at weddings. The classes can take place in a cave to make the experience as authentic as possible.
A good idea is to end the day in one of the Sacromonte caves to enjoy one of the famous and authentic
flamenco dance and music experiences that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Day 8. Granada
Nobody forgets the first time they saw the Alhambra, the most spectacular and famous Arab construction in the world. From any point of the city, you can see the shape of a ship, dotted with cypresses, a monument that has been the emblem of Granada for twelve centuries. The Alhambra has been a palatial city, palace of kings and fortress, all in one. The whole is a surprising construction: it has no main façade, no center, no particular axis. Buildings, towers,
palaces, courtyards and gardens are happening naturally.
The visit takes about 3 hours and 3,5 kms walk.
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