Tablao de Carmen
The TABLAO DE CARMEN, now boasting 18 years of success, is keeping
alive the tradition of the best Flamenco. The Tablao de Carmen takes
its name after the great "bailaora" (dancer) Carmen Amaya, born
in 1915 in Somorrostro, the gypsy neighbourhood that once was situated
in what is now the "Villa Olímpica" (Olympic village). Carmen Amaya
started her career in 1929, the year of the International Exhibition
in Barcelona, in a show attended by King Alfonso XIII, for the inauguration
of Poble Espanyol of Montjuďc, in the premises of what is nowadays
the Tablao de Carmen.
its origin, the artistic breakthrough of the Tablao de Carmen has
always been outstanding. We feel obliged by the name we bear, and
stand proud that our good name and prestige lies in the coherence
and quality of our programs. In our shows, we maintain the purest
of traditions and the highest level, above any consideration on
fashion, prejudices and commercial interests.
far from us to believe that to maintain the tradition means standing
back on the same standards. Our show has always counted with well-known
artists of the Flamenco, that combine their art with that of young
rising stars that have used tablaos as a first step in their careers.
Thus, the show always gets renewed, without incurring in a low quality
show is a typical "tablao" one, with no formal choreography or synchronised
organisation. There is a large enough sample of the most important
styles (palo flamenco), so that both specialists and neophytes may
appreciate or get to know the art of flamenco in its diversity and
generosity: music, songs and dancing. Each artist shows the best
of his art individually, while soloists are magnificently supported
by the beat and the rhythm. This is what brings about the public's
involvement, by means of "palmas" or exclamations. The public's
participation is a key point in the show, one that ensures that
no two of them are the same.
Another important feature of the Tablao de Carmen is its localisation,
in the Poble Espanyol, in the Montjuďc tourist zone. Montjuďc's
mountain is one of the most important green zone in the city, and
has many tourist attractions.
may discover from the most antique to some of the newest in Catalunya's
history and culture: El Grec (a Greek theatre, important museums
such as MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalunya), the Miro foundation,
Fira de Barcelona (on of the most important and active fair premises
in Europe), and El Anillo Olímpico (the Olympic Ring), as a symbol
of the latest urban transformation of Barcelona.
Montjuďc is also found El Poble Espanyol, built in 1929 for the
International Exhibition held in Barcelona. It takes its name from
the fact that it has been conceived as a sample of the richness
and diversity of the Spanish culture, and it boasts replicas or
buildings inspired on the most representative ones in the different
regions of Spain.
to Poble Espanyol is an excellent means to get to know the most
significant aspects of the history and culture of Spain, as there
are also interesting craftsworks to buy. Also, the Poble Espanyol
is an area with an excellent offer in entertainment, with restaurants,
bars and discos for all tastes and at all hours. The mix of Poble
Espanyol's offer in culture, tradition and entertainment has made
it the one of the most visited tourist destinations in Barcelona,
with 1.631.349 visitors in 1996. El Tablao de Carmen is situated
in its "barrio andaluz" (Andaluz neighbourhood), in a typically
andaluz street, and both the exterior and interior atmosphere are
key factors to help the visitor grasp the most authentic Flamenco
The setting is reminiscent of a stylish Seville Fair where the intimacy of audience and artist creates a warm and festive atmosphere.
Multiple white fairy lights illuminate
the hall at different levels and at different intensities. The layout
for the permises is like that of a small theatre. The show can be
viewed perfectly from any of the tables. The approximate capacity
is of 170 persons.
supply of the place includes also the Patio Cordobés, typical of
the Andalusian houses (of Arabian origin). The flowers are the main
motif of the decoration, the capacity is of 75 persons and there´s
also the possibility of reserving the hall exclusively.
"à la carte", composed by typical products of the
Catalan and Andalusian cuisine, it´s been varieting depending
on the demand but always according to the quality of the show. Also,
we´re open to attend personalized and specific demands or
special conditions for groups when all the details are given with
our buildings are ready to attend any kind of activity or event,
if our capacity is big enough.
Tues. to Sunday
19:45 h a 21h
from Tues. to Sunday
||22:00h a 23:15h
(Sales tax included)
Show + Menu (normal)
Show + Menu (special nº 2)
Show + Menu (special nº 3)
reservations include free entrance to the Poble Espanyol, of
historic and cultural interest.
special menus need to be previously booked.
groups over 15 people is necessary to confirm the menu in advance.
is also a great tapas selection which you can order in advance.
Capacity: 170 persons.