martes, 11 de marzo de 2014

Andalusia – homeland of Flamenco

Culture of Spain is extremely rich and colorful and strongly affects the senses. One of its most famous elements is a flamenco dance. This passionate dance is a reason why so many people, especially women, decide to travel to Spain. But the centre of flamenco is Andalusia, which is why all the enthusiast of Flamenco should explore this region, and most importantly its capital city - Seville. Seville is full of flamenco shows therefore it’s a perfect place to experience the unique atmosphere of the Spanish South - night flamenco shows will warm up everyone especially in the evening when the weather cools down a bit during summer.

The origins of Flamenco developed in the south of Spain, inspired by music of countries such as Egypt, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Greece, and countries in the Middle East, and the Far East. Cultural experts claim that the roots of flamenco arrived to Spain in the fifteenth century, with the arrival of Spanish Gypsies. Then flamenco was already known in the mountainous regions of Andalusia, where, escaping from Catholic repressions, Jews, pagan Gypsies and Muslims found their shelter.

Flamenco in Seville is present everywhere. In many places and neighborhoods there are streets where practically every bar in the evening holds a ticketed live flamenco show. To go to Andalusia and not participate in the show of flamenco in Seville is like to go to Mediterranean beach, and not enter the sea.