Flamenco in Spain // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

On my 2-week whirlwind trip all over Spain in 2011 (aka the last trip I’ll ever try to do too many things in too little time), I regrettably went way out of my way to spend a couple days in Seville. I’d heard a lot about this Spanish town and was eager to see what all the hype was about.

Welp, turns out Seville is where an exorbitant number of American students come to spend a semester abroad. It’s also where the ones who studied elsewhere come to spend their mid-semester break. So not surprisingly, the city was swarming with americanos. I got stuck sleeping in a hostel room full of sorority girls, and climbing to the top of the Giralda Tower with a bunch of map-toting, mispronouncing tourists.

But hey, I was in Spain – where the vino is cheap and the men are purty. So I gave myself a quick reality check and got the hell over it.

Flamenco in Spain

The best thing I did in Seville was by far catch a flamenco show at a random little bar in Triana. It was this underground joint with a small space cleared out in the back where a few dancers came out to perform. Live music and dancing, and $3 tinto de verano – does it get any better?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • That’s awesome! I saw a show in Madrid but it was a little crowded – looks like you had a more authentic experience :D

    • lindsaypunk

      Aw, that’s a bummer! I was definitely concerned about falling into a tourist trap of a flamenco performance, but the hostel escorted us to this lesser-known place where it was mostly locals. EXACTLY what I’d wanted!

  • Oh nooo, you didn’t like Sevilla? I guess it definitely depends on circumstances—sorority girl hostels sounds like no fun. But be open to giving the city another chance—it’s one of my favorites in not just Spain but all of Europe. (And I love the Flamenco shows that are so common in most of the bars.)

    • lindsaypunk

      Oh REALLY? I meeeeean, I’m open to revisiting it – but then again there are SO many other places in Spain I’d want to visit, so there’s that. I really wanted to love Seville, but I just didn’t! :(

  • Anne

    I loved Sevilla and I had my tinto de verano…but I didn’t catch a flamenco show! NEED to go back. Love the photo!

    • lindsaypunk

      Thanks, girl! The flamenco show was definitely the highlight of Seville for me. I’d TOTALLY be down for another trip to Spain, plus there’s this girl we know who’ll be living there who we could always pay a visit, just sayyyyin’ :P