5 Fascinating facts about Flamenco

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Get to know these 5 interesting facts about flamenco and flamenco in Barcelona

Flamenco is an art of Andalusian origin that integrates dance, singing and flamenco guitar, although nowadays you will also find the well-known “cajón flamenco” and also a flute. It is a musical genre known for its great emotional intensity and is distinguished by its graceful movements of arms, energetic tapping, intense laments and guitar strumming.

In Palau Dalmases, as you well know, we offer every night our flamenco show in Barcelona, with professional artists who have a successful career and who have performed on a long list of tablaos in Spain and abroad.



5 facts about flamenco that will surprise you

1. Flamenco in Barcelona: a long history

The first truthful information about the arrival of flamenco artists to Barcelona and artists in the city who offered their performances, origins from the second half of the 19th century, although it is believed that there has already been flamenco activity in the past. So, although many may believe otherwise, the historical relationship between Barcelona and flamenco is a hundred years old, as well as fruitful. Between the 19th and 20th century Barcelona became one of the first flamenco spots in Spain.

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2. The origins of flamenco are still a mystery

One of the most famous flamenco facts is its origins. The origin of flamenco dancing and singing is still unclear today. Although it is confirmed that the flamenco as we know it dates from the 18th century, there are many different theories of how it was born, as it has earlier musical and dance characteristics.

The most widespread and accepted hypothesis is that flamenco originated in Andalusia as a result of the coexistence of Muslims, Gypsies, Castilians, immigrants, Jews and local people. African influences were also incorporated, coming from the black Africans who passed through Andalusia and also from the Caribbean who emigrated to Spain. Thus, flamenco is the union of different races and cultures; a harmonious mixture of different lifestyles.


3. Why is flamenco called flamenco?

There are several theories, and all of them are really funny!

  • The name comes from the Andalusian expression”fellah min gueir ard”, which means “landless peasant”.
  • The first Flamenco artists reminded of the pink-furred birds with the same name (Flamingo) for their (maybe stiff) pose.
  • Some theories say that Flamenco came to Spain from Flanders during the time of Charles V. Although this hypothesis may be quite incorrect, as Flamenco as a musical style did not emerge until several centuries later.
  • One of the first studies on Flamenco tells that in the 18th century, the gypsies, who were and are the main architects of this musical genre, were known in Andalusia as “flamencos”.

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4. Influences of other cultures on flamenco dance and singing

These multicultural influences can be seen reflected in all their aspects, both in dance and in the vocals, where we can distinguish:

  • synagogue chants
  • Gregorian chants
  • Andalusian folk songs
  • traditional Andalusian music
  • Arabic sounds
  • African rhythms

In flamenco dance, on the other hand, there are influences of traditional Spanish dances, Indian dances brought by gypsies, and African dances with more sensual movements.

5. Flamenco is characterized by expressing deep feelings

If you have already seen a flamenco show, you will know that the performances are intense, full of emotion. Flamenco is an art that explores the deepest feelings, such as pain, loneliness, anguish, despair, love, lack of love, passion and joy and these are transmitted through voice and movement. There’s always an emotional element.

Did you know all these facts about flamenco? Follow us on our Facebook page so you don’t miss anything about this art, and if you are in Barcelona and want to enjoy an intimate and exciting flamenco show, don’t hesitate to come and see us at Palau Dalmases!

3 reasons to spend Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases

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Why spending Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases is the perfect date?

Valentine’s Day is already around the corner! We already know that every day is a good day to tell your loved ones how much you love them, but Valentine’s Day is also a perfect occasion to enjoy the city and make a special activity as a couple, such as spending the evening in Palau Dalmases.

In this post, we give you 3 reasons why spending Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases is a perfect plan for this special day.

1. Enjoy the best flamenco show in Barcelona for Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases

In Palau Dalmases you will not only be able to admire its beauty, but you will also be able to enjoy one of the best flamenco shows in Barcelona: with a  TripAdvisor‘s certificate of excellence  and also winner of the Experts Choice Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Flamenco is pure passion, so what’s better than spending Valentine’s Day with the best flamenco artists in the city, with live music, and in an intimate and romantic venue? The show takes place at 19:30h and 21:30h, with a duration of 1 hour and includes a drink with the ticket (30€).

Space is limited, so if you still don’t have a Valentine’s Day date, buy your ticket for the Flamenco show in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases.

2. Palau Dalmases: A beautiful baroque palace of unparalleled beauty to spend Valentine’s Day in.

Palau Dalmases is an authentic manorial palace that dates from the 17th century and is located in the heart of Barcelona, specifically in the Born district, in Montcada street. Its charming baroque courtyard next to a staircase with Solomonic columns creates a dreamy atmosphere for a romantic night. No wonder many couples choose Palau Dalmases as their wedding’s venue!

To visit Palau Dalmases is to discover a jewel of Barcelona that many locals still do not know. In addition, the palace has a fascinating history worth unraveling…

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3. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases to the Sound of Opera

This year Valentine’s Day takes place on a Friday, perfect! We have the perfect pre-Valentine date for you. If you and your partner like opera, you are the lucky ones, because every Thursday, Palau Dalmases  offers a fantastic opera show with the Petita Companyia Lírica de Barcelona at 21:30h. It’s a perfect plan to have a drink and enjoy the beautiful voices of these magnificent singers.


Do you still need more reasons to spend Valentine’s Day at Palau Dalmases? Take advantage of the occasion and this year treat your partner to an experience full of music and history. Happy Valentine’s Day!