Discover the birthplace of flamenco on this full-day small-group Jerez flamenco day trip, from Seville. Delve into the ancient gypsy culture, dance, and music, all while wandering through Jerez’s flamenco neighborhoods with your private guide. Listen as your guide explains how the dance began and became the world famous tradition it is today.
In the 17th century, troupes of gypsies abandoned their nomadic lifestyles to settle in the Santiago and San Miguel neighborhoods of Jerez de la Frontera. Since then, the streets have raised many flamenco stars, such as Manuel Molina, Antonio Chacón, La Paquera, Lola Flores, José Mercé, Terremoto, and Antonio Ríos Fernández “El Pipa.” An ancient rivalry between Santiago and San Miguel remains. You can absorb flamenco at all hours in the bars and peñas flamencas there.
The Flamenco style of today took shape in the 19th century, amongst the traditional music and dance of Andalusia, a city with ancient and diverse origins. However, flamenco is not simply Andalusian folklore (including seguidillas, sevillanas, fandangos, verdiales, ballads, the chacarrá, and el vito), but a fundamentally visual art. Home to the aforementioned flamenco stars, Jerez is considered the art form’s birthplace.
You can enjoy the traditional cuisine from Jerez de la Frontera, including ajo campero, puchero, cola de toro, chicharrones, riñones al jerez, choco con papas, berza jerezana, and alcauciles al jerez (meals are not included). The tapas-centered cuisine showcases many diverse influences. Sample the local specialty, sherry, choosing from wines such as Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, and Mosto. Visit the medieval town center to see the Cathedral, the Alcazár, and the churches of the Reconquista. Relax in the squares of Arenal and Plateros before exploring the vibrant quarters of San Miguel and Santiago, where bar terraces alternate with the shops.