...the fans, the shawls, the flowers, the ruffles, the colors, the castanets, the music, the strum of the guitar, the heat. This is flamenco, the dance of Spain.
The fluid, sensuous dance is as much a part of Spanish culture as matadors, tapas and the running of the bulls. UNESCO even declared it to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. You can see performances on YouTube or television but flamenco must truly be seen live to thoroughly enjoy its power. Watching the dance sizzle in its native country is a wonderfully emotional and authentic experience.
And the best place to see flamenco? At the Corral de la Moreria -- called the “Cathedral of flamenco art” and entertaining everyone from JFK, Picasso, Hemmingway, Dali and Che Guevara. AmaWaterways can take you to this cornerstone of cultural life in Madrid – a title it’s held ever since it opened its doors in 1956 and danced into the hearts of locals and tourists. It’s located right in the vibrant heart of Madrid – in the main historic quarters of the city, adjacent to the Royal Palace. The Arabic corbels, decorations and even the furniture and streetlamps which date from the 18th and 19th century will take you back in time, recreating a setting reminiscent of the original tablao flamenco. A delicious Spanish meal is served, for a further delicious taste of culture. And the drive back is so scenic, passing by Madrid’s most impressive buildings at nighttime: Cibeles Palace, Neptune Square and the Gran Via.