Everything you didn’t know about flamenco guitar

All about flamenco guitar

Live the magic of the flamenco guitar in our flamenco show in Barcelona

In our flamenco show in Barcelona we have excellent professional flamenco guitarists (or “tocaores”) such as Francisco Díaz, Rafael Fernández and José Santiago among our cast of artists. If you haven’t had the chance to see them live yet, you can come to Palau Dalmases and enjoy their music in the daily shows of our flamenco show in Palau Dalmases.


What are the characteristics of the flamenco guitar?

The flamenco guitar is one of the most popular variants of Spanish guitar. It is not surprising, considering that flamenco is considered a Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

As you know, the flamenco guitar is an indispensable part of any tablao and it seems impossible to conceive a flamenco show without this instrument. Although dancing may be the most striking aspect of a flamenco performance, everything revolves around the song and the emotional voice of the cantaores (flamenco singers). The guitar was introduced to accompany singing, but today the mastery of the flamenco guitar is an art in itself.

What is the origin of flamenco guitar?

As some of you may already know if you have read our article on facts about flamenco, it has its origins in the 18th century approximately with clear Moorish and Spanish influences. These roots and mix of cultures are clearly noticeable in the sound of the flamenco guitar. However, at that time, singing was the only protagonist. The guitar was incorporated later on, followed by other instruments such as flutes, the cajón or violin, which are more typical of nowadays flamenco.

Experts agree that the guitar entered the flamenco scene in the 19th century, thus accompanying the cante, which until then had been completely a cappella. In fact, there are still some cantes that are performed without musical accompaniment.

Although there are different opinions about the exact date, it is known that the first documented reference of a flamenco guitarist dates from 1850 with Francisco Rodríguez “El Murciano”.

It was not until the 20th century that guitar and flamenco merged, thus consolidating the flamenco art we all know. In addition, with the introduction of the flamenco guitar, it helped to structure and regulate the schemes of flamenco singing, giving inputs and outputs, and to order and to win new melodies.

Why is flamenco in Barcelona so popular? Read this article 

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Differences between classical guitar and flamenco guitar

They may look the same at first glance, but flamenco guitar and classical guitar are different. Just as in the case of electric guitars, where we can find  different types, shapes, with more strings and with different sounds for different styles, the same thing happens to classical guitars. Moreover, the music composed for a conventional guitar has nothing to do with flamenco guitar music.

The main differences between the two instruments are:

  1. The flamenco guitar is slightly smaller than the classical guitar, so its hoop is also smaller.
  2. Flamenco guitars are usually made of cypress and fir, while the other is made of cedar and palo santo.
  3. The harmonic bars are placed in a different way

These subtle variations make the flamenco guitar get its characteristic sound. They are less sonorous and offer a lower volume than the traditional Spanish guitar, but the sound it produces is more percussive and brilliant. As it is sharper and drier, it allows it to adapt better to the demands and characteristics of flamenco.

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Check out the daily flamenco shows in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases this spring

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Flamenco in Barcelona: Don’t miss the new schedule for our daily shows in Palau Dalmases

Spring is around the corner and at Palau Dalmases we are getting ready to welcome the good weather in Barcelona. We want people to be able to enjoy our flamenco show in Barcelona to the fullest this spring and, taking into account that the days now are longer, we have increased the number of daily shows both on weekdays and weekends.

New flamenco schedule at Palau Dalmases: Write it down!

Flamenco in Barcelona in March:

  • Monday to Sunday: 19:30h  and 21:30h

Flamenco in Barcelona in April

  • Monday to Sunday: 18h, 19:30h and 21:30h

Information about the tickets of our tablao flamenco in Barcelona

The ticket price of Palau Dalmases’ flamenco show is 30€ and includes one free drink. This spring, don’t miss the best flamenco show in Barcelona, with TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence. You have more chances than ever, so there’s no excuse. Get your ticket easily on our website.

Jazz and opera schedules also change at Palau Dalmases

In spring, the opening hours of our jazz and opera concerts also change. As you know, Palau Dalmases offers every Wednesday Jazz sessions with the duo of Melisa Bertossi (saxophone) and Matias Muñoz (piano). Free entrance.

On the other hand, Thursdays are meant for opera. The Petita Companyia Lírica de Barcelona offers classics of Mozart’s best-known operas, Verdi, among other famous composers, in a playful and didactic format. Tickets cost 20€ and can be bought here.

Jazz and Opera concerts in Palau Dalmases

  • Jazz in Palau Dalmases: Wednesdays at 23h (free entrance)
  • Opera in Palau Dalmases: Thursdays at 23h

Enjoy the best shows in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases

Enjoy the best music and art this spring in Barcelona and discover the best flamenco, jazz and opera shows in the city. In addition, not only will you be able to see experienced  flamenco artists in Barcelona, but you will also be lucky enough to find yourself in an authentic baroque palace with a very interesting history.

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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!


Flamenco dancing facts. Did you know them all?

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Fall in love with flamenco dancing in Barcelona and learn more about its history

The best flamenco dancing show in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases

During the flamenco dance show of Palau Dalmases you will find the best flamenco dancing in Barcelona in a unique and exceptional setting:  a baroque palace in the centre of Barcelona. Our flamenco show features flamenco singing, live music (flamenco guitar and flamenco box drum) and of course flamenco dancing. Our dancers capture all the attention and the audience fall in love with their movements full of feeling and passion.

The strong emotional charge during their performances and the magical atmosphere created in a tablao make seeing a flamenco show in Barcelona a highly recommendable experience.

But do you know the characteristics of flamenco dance? Do you know its history? We will tell you about it below

Origins of flamenco dance

Flamenco dance is an art form that originated in Andalusia. It is more than two centuries old and has constantly evolved over the years. Its golden age took place between 1869 and 1929.

Flamenco dance is historically accompanied by the guitar, on which it completely depends on to follow the beat and rhythm. As you will know after reading this other article, the ‘cajón flamenco’ (or flamenco box drum) joined this art much later.

The history of flamenco dance

The flamenco dancing that we know nowadays and can see in our flamenco show in Barcelona is the result of centuries of evolution and integration of elements from other cultures. With the evolution of flamenco music, flamenco dance was born later on. It was first documented as a structured and recognizable dance in the 18th century.

In the origins of flamenco, the importance lay in the voice of the cantaores (flamenco singers). With time, the feeling and passion  lavished  by the dancers on the stages of the old tablaos flamencos (the Cafés Cantante) ended up monopolizing all the public’s attention and finally the dancing began to steal the singing’s spotlight.


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How did flamenco dance come to Barcelona?

Flamenco originated in Andalusia, but this art form spread throughout the country, reaching Catalan lands at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Barcelona became one of the main cities for flamenco activity, due to the settlement of Catalan gypsies and immigration to the city. Barcelona, being a port city, has always been open to different cultures.

That’s why it is not surprising to find flamenco dance shows in Barcelona  with such quality and with renowned artists nowadays.

Do you want to know more? Find out more about the history of flamenco in Barcelona


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What a flamenco dance show is like in Barcelona

The dancers perform each piece with body swaying, arm movements, and the famous ‘zapateos’ (rhythmic footwork) according to each ‘palo flamenco”, always accompanied by the melody of the guitar and the deep voice of the cantaor or cantaora.

In a flamenco show, the bailaor or bailaora (flamenco dancer) physically interprets the lyrics of the songs, although it can be abstract, as it does not have a clear plot. He or she combines smooth, sensual movements with intense moments of footwork and twists. It is a dance that requires great concentration and improvisation skills.

In the case of a flamenco show with two dancers, as it is also the case of Palau Dalmases, the dances are usually very intense and with a lot of feeling, as the artists maintain a kind of competition between them.

How many types of flamenco dances are there?

Uff, more than fifty! Actually, naming them ‘types of dances’ is not the most correct way . They should be called palos flamencos. Each palo flamenco has its own tempo, origin, type of lyrics and music that differentiates some palos from others. They are grouped differently according to their origin, metrics or the type of accompaniment they have, etc.

Thus, the structure of the song, the movements and the intensity of the performance depend on the type of “dance” or “palo” that is performed.

Of course, improvisation and the personal stamp of the performer is common in flamenco singing, music and dancing. Therefore, each flamenco show at Palau Dalmases is unique and unrepeatable.

The most popular flamenco dances are

  •  Soleá: One of the most performed dances that is best suited for women. It is a sad palo, accompanied by movements of arms, undulations of hips and waist
  • Bulerías: It is the most festive song and is used as a culmination of other dances as it is the most joyful and amusing. It is distinguished by its fast rhythm
  • Alegrías: It is the oldest flamenco dance and it originates from Cádiz
  • Seguiriyas: It is a sober dance, of slow and paused tempo that consists of a rhythmic walk based on dry, sonorous footwork
  • Tangos: Also used as an ending, due to its happy rhythm. It stands out for its movements of great brilliance and expressiveness.
  • Farruca: It is a palo originating from Galicia that has a lot of difficulty and demands a high level of execution. It is more of a man’s dance than a woman’s. When a woman performs it, she dances it with pants to highlight the characteristic footwork.
  • Sevillanas: Although it is the best known dance, it is the least flamenco form, as it is closer to Andalusian folklore.

Enjoy flamenco dancing in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases

Do you want to experience the best  flamenco dancing in Barcelona in a  beautiful castle? Come to Palau Dalmases and enjoy the best flamenco dancers every day of the week!