When you visit Spain most tourists are attracted to the south of the country. The capital par excellence of Andalusia is Seville, but there are also other cities that really deserve the penalty such as Granada, Cordoba and Malaga.
Next I want to show you what activities you can do in Seville and its nearby cities:
Visit the jewel of Seville and the oldest and most complex royal residence in use in Europe. The UNESCO-listed Alcázar is an expression of the diverse cultures that feature in the city’s history. Discover the Alcázar, which saw Roman, Visigoth and Arab Seville flourish. Visit this residence of kings on a 1.5-hour skip-the-line tour with an official guide. Admire the beautiful gardens that cover 7 hectares and feature botanic species from around the world.
The Alcázar is one the top 6 monuments visited in Spain. At the end of the tour, you will have free time to spend in the gardens or palaces. For more information and to book click here.
Visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and Seville’s Giralda Tower on a 1 hour skip-the-line tour. Construction on the cathedral began in 1401 and was completed 150 years later, in the Renaissance style.
Climb the 35 ramps of La Giralda. Marvel at the magic of the 81 stained glass windows. Admire works of art by masters such as Alejo Fernández, Pedro Roelas, Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal and Goya.
The Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 for its historical, artistic and religious interest. For more information and to book click here.
Explore the soul of Seville through its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the city’s Islamic past, Christian roots and Jewish legacy. Start with a visit to the Alcázar. Home to 3 palaces, royal chambers, centenary gardens and chapels, the Alcázar has been the site of many dynasties. Travel through different periods of history and follow in the footsteps of the ancients. Discover for yourself why the monument was chosen for its beauty as the location for TV serials like «Game of Thrones.»
Walk to Seville Cathedral to see the world’s third-largest cathedral and largest Gothic church in the world. Built on the remains of a mosque, the vast monument reveals 900 years of history. End with a magnificent view from the bell tower of La Giralda. For more information and to book click here.
El Palacio Andaluz, located next to the emblematic district of La Macarena, is one of Spain’s finest flamenco venues. This elegant, spacious and airy building will ensure you are comfortable during the show, while you will also have a direct view of the stage. Enjoy flamenco in its purest form, with a cast of professional artists all trained in traditional flamenco techniques.
Choose to accompany the show with either a drink, a Tapas dinner or an a La Carte dinner. For more information and to book click here.
Head to the Nueva York’s dock on the Guadalquivir riverside. Relax on an exclusive fully-equipped yacht with air conditioning, heating, an upper terrace, music, and bar service. Take in great views of the river as you taste Iberian delicacies such as loin, cheese, sausages, and a traditional wine made in the region. At the end of the boat cruise, you will receive a gift bag with Iberian ‘chacina’ for 2 people. For more information and to book click here.
Discover the Guadalquivir River, the only navigable river in Spain. Depart from the Dock of the Marqués del Contadero and enjoy a 1-hour river cruise with loudspeaker commentary; available in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, German and Italian, with other languages available on request.
Look out from the deck of the modern boat and see different parts of the historic and modern Seville. Pass under historic bridges and past the neighborhood of Triana, the pavilions of Expo 92, the Ibero-American exhibition of 29, the towers of the Plaza de España, convents and monasteries. For more information and to book click here.
Take a tour of Seville on an electric bike, or ebike and visit the city’s hot spots as well as its under-the-radar spots on a 3-hour guided tour. An ebike tour allows you to cover a greater distance in the city with less effort than walking and provides access to sites that cannot be reached by car or bus, making it ideal if you’re looking for a comprehensive experience.
On your ride you’ll see sites such as the Alcazar Palace, the Triana and Santa Cruz districts, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España, Murillo Garden, the Christopher Columbus monument and much more. Many of these places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For more information and to book click here.
Discover Seville’s stunning mix of monuments and gardens at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. The first stop is in the historic Paseo de Colon area, but you can hop on and off at any of the stops along the route.
Travel back to the days of the Moors at the Torre del Oro, built on the banks of the River Guadalquivir during the Almohad Dynasty. Marvel at the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, experience the passion of flamenco at an historic sala, and wander among palm trees in the Alcázar Gardens. For more information and to book click here.
Discover the natural beauty of Doñana National Park on a 4WD tour from Seville. Explore the entire park from north to south and look for birds such as flamingos and imperial eagles. Go to the village of El Rocío, discover a huge pristine beach and more. Admire the pine forests and pastures that provide home to approximately 200,000 different inhabitants, including 300 bird species such as flamingos and Spanish imperial eagles. For more information and to book click here.
This journey begins with a drive through the Sevillian countryside. Stop at the Castle of Las Aguzaderas, a medieval structure located at the old border between the Catholic and Moorish kingdoms. Continue through the mountains, stopping at the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra. Next on the itinerary is Ronda, one of the oldest towns in Spain, and built on 2 separate cliffs. The 2 sides of the town are connected by the most famous bridge in Spain, known as the New Bridge, even though it was built in 18th century.
The tour guide will show you around Ronda and you’ll have some free time to explore the town on your own as well. For more information and to book click here.
Designed for novice cooks and the more experienced, the lesson takes place at a cooking school inside Triana Market. Buy fresh local ingredients at the market in the morning to use in your cooking class. Then, help prepare a salmorejo (chilled tomato soup) or gazpacho starter, along with typical tapas such as spinach with chickpeas, huevos a la flamenca and Spanish omelet.
Make an authentic paella for your main course and a light dessert of lemon sorbet with Cava to indulge your sweet tooth. Sangria will be served during the lesson as you get to know the rest of the group. Sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with two additional drinks. For more information and to book click here.
See the attractions of Seville on a minibus tour and marvel at monuments such as the 18th-century. Then, get close to marine species with a 1.5-hour tour of the Acuario de Sevilla and learn about the flora and fauna that Magellan encountered on his 16th-century expeditions to the Spice Islands. Next, cruise along the Guadalquivir River and see the Triana district and 10th-century Castillo de San Jorge from the water. For more information and to book click here.
Find out why this river was very important during the golden era of Seville, lasting about 150 years. Seville was the main port of Europe for incoming goods from America such as gold, silver and tobacco. The river was sanded in the 17th century and Seville became less important. For the Expo 92, the river was restored and it is now used for cruises and kayaking. For more information and to book click here.
Depart Seville in the morning and take a 2-hour drive by minivan to the start of the famous El Caminito del Rey walking trail. Upon arrival in the town of Ardales, enjoy a coffee or breakfast at your own expense to give you energy for your 7-kilometer hike.
Step on to the renovated walkway of wooden boardwalks and make your way through the magnificent Los Gaitanes Gorge. Marvel at the rugged rock formations surrounding you and take in the spectacular views of the Guadalhorce River.
Summon up the courage to cross the new suspension bridge 100 meters above the El Chorro Gorge. End close to the town of El Chorro after about 2 to 3 hours of walking, and catch the bus back to the entry point to enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Journey back to Seville in the evening for the end of the tour services. For more information and to book click here.
The carriage driver will meet you in the morning in the old quarter of Seville, where you will pass by the main attractions of the historic center of the Andalusian capital. During this trip of about 45 minutes, you will go out for a beautiful trip through Plaza de España and María Luisa Park, two of the most beautiful places of the city.
During the carriage ride, you will also have the opportunity to contemplate important monuments such as the Statue of Bécquer, the Lope de Vega Theater or the monument to El Cid Campeador. Along the route you will also pass by some of the pavilions of the Iberian-American Exhibition of 1929. The last stop on your itinerary will be Plaza del Triunfo, where you will enjoy stunning views of the Cathedral of Seville, the Alcazar Royal Palace and the Giralda Bell Tower.
It is recommend to book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially on bank holidays. For more information and to book click here.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture during a fun Flamenco lesson in Seville, where you’ll meet the locals and get a glimpse of Flamenco behind the scenes. Learn the basic steps of the dance, including hand movements, and about Flamenco music as well. Flamenco originated in Andalusia in southern Spain and combines music, singing, rhythmic hand clapping, and dancing. In this fun and interactive 60-minute session you’ll learn the basics of Flamenco, some of the dance steps, heel clicking, and the body and hand movements. The lesson is an interesting way to gain an insight into Spanish culture while having a great time trying out something new. The venue is a very authentic courtyard where many different artists work, so you’ll feel immersed in the culture even before your class begins.
In addition to your lesson you can book a high-quality Flamenco show so you can see seasoned professionals moving to the music you’ve heard and with the steps you’ve learned. For more information and to book click here.
Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty.
Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city’s post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of «El Albayzín.» Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir.
Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas over the Alhambra fortress perched on its hill.
Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and get dropped off at your original starting point. For more information and to book click here.
Depart Seville and take a 20-minute drive to the village of Santiponce, where you will enter the Roman city of Italica and explore at your own pace. Discover the remains of the 3rd largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire. See the monument to Trajan and visit the gym and thermal baths. Admire the mosaics in the House of the Planetarium, and follow in the footsteps of gladiators as you walk through the tunnels they used.
Return to Seville and stop at the magnificent Monastery of San Isidoro del Camp en route. Founded in 1301, the complex is home to 15th century Mudéjar-style murals and a wonderful 17th-century altarpiece. For more information and to book click here.
Get the lay of the land on a 2.5-hour bike tour of Seville and see more of the city than is possible on a walking tour.
English, Spanish, French, and Italian-speaking guides will help you get oriented in the city and show the vast majority of Seville’s landmarks. Start from the historic Barrio Santa Cruz and head through the Jardines de Murillo towards the Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos and Seville University. For more information and to book click here.
See the sights of Seville by personal transporter with a local guide. Get a short practice session and safety briefing before you set off to ensure you feel comfortable and confident on the 2-wheel electric vehicle.
Learn the history of each building and get the chance to take souvenir photos as you glide through the lively streets with ease. Pass the Giralda and magnificent Seville Cathedral – one of the largest Catholic churches in the world. See the Archivo General de Indias in the ancient merchants’ exchange and the magnificent Alcázar, built on the site of a Muslim fortress. For more information and to book click here.
On this trip, you will discover the Bay of Cadiz and its beautiful seaside known as the Costa de la Luz. First, stop in Jerez de la Frontera, where you will have the chance to visit a traditional bodega, and to taste different kinds of the famous wines from the South of Spain.
Then, you will travel to Cadiz, a really enjoyable city, with delightful beaches and tasteful tapas, whose residents are famous everywhere for their joy of life. With the guide, you will visit the city center, the magnificent cathedral, and, little by little, you will discover the oldest city in Europe with more than three millennia of history.
Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon in one of its beaches or walk the narrow streets of the Barrio de la Viña or El Pópulo, the most charming and traditional neighborhoods of the city. For more information and to book click here.
Embark on an unforgettable journey that combines history and multiculturalism with duty free shopping, impressive caves and the famous monkeys of Gibraltar! Depart Seville and journey to the frontier to cross the border of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and visit Punta de Europa, mainland Europe’s southernmost spot. Look across the Strait of Gibraltar to where the vast continent of Africa begins. Take some souvenir photos of the coastlines of Spain and Morocco from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.
Then, visit the amazing limestone caves of San Miguel (Cueva de San Miguel) and admire the numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations. Next, meet the barbary monkeys of Gibraltar, a unique breed from Europe that, according to legend, are a sign the British will not leave as long as the monkeys are still there!
Enjoy some free time for lunch and to do some duty free shopping on Main Street, known worldwide for its low-priced jewelry, watches, electronic items, spirits, cosmetics and perfumes. There are also plenty of bars and cafés, offering a wide selection of delicious options for visitors.
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Start your full-day trip to Cordoba with a drive by minivan from Seville. Once in Cordoba, visit the most important monuments of the city. See the majestic Alcazar of the Catholic Kings, and then enter the stunning Mosque-Cathedral from the Caliphate period. Explore Cordoba’s Jewish quarter, and the area’s most emblematic streets. At the square named for the great Maimonides, admire the secluded synagogue.
At the end of the tour, take a walk around the town on your own. Explore the pedestrian streets of the Jewish quarter and try some of the delicious local cuisine. For more information and to book click here.
For many visitors to Seville, going out for tapas is the quintessential Spanish experience. On this 3.5 – 4-hour tour you will be taken to the best local bodegas and tapas bars where you can try the best tapas. From the most traditional tapas to tapas with a modern twist, all the places will leave you asking for more. And of course it makes perfect sense to accompany all this tapas with a good glass of wine. The tour guide will help you discover the aromas and flavors of the best wines to go with the mouth-watering Spanish cuisine. For more information and to book click here.
Discover a completely different area to the rest of the world, so much that NASA has set a base to study this mysterious land. Rio Tinto and its surroundings have been exploited for its copper, silver and gold content for more than 2000 years which changed the landscape of this area so much that it looks like Mars. The main river here runs among the old mining fields, transporting the minerals of the soil. These metallic minerals turn the river into a reddish color with acidic waters, where life is almost impossible.
From Seville, visit the biosphere reserve of Dehases de Sierra Morena. The reserve offers you the chance to see some of the bulls and Iberian pigs which inhabit the area. Continue to the town of Aracena, where you can visit the castle and the Gruta de las Maravillas, literally «Cave of Wonders.» Visit the Peña de Arias Montano, where you will explore the Mediterranean forest revealing in the stunning environment. Discover the Mosque of Almonaster la Real, the Rio Tinto as well the a forest full of chestnut trees. The tour also offers the possibility of visiting a farm of wild bulls.
After Rio Tinto, head to Aracena, a small town located in the middle of Sierra Morena. This is the capital city of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche. Aracena offers visitors amazing trails through its Dehesas full of cork trees and oaks, where the Iberian pigs live in freedom and peace. Once in Aracena, you will visit Grutas de las Maravillas, a natural cave almost 2000 meters long, full of stalactites and stalagmites formed by the water running in the limestone.
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Your local guide will show you the most important monuments of this historical city. Walk through the charming narrow streets to arrive at the convent of “La Madre de Dios” and “Las Descalzas”. Explore these historical sites with an official tour guide.
End your tour contemplating the gorgeous views offered by Carmona’s Parador, a palace built by the Arabs in the 14th century and today hotel. Afterwards return to Seville with all these incredible images in mind. For more information and to book click here.
You will begin the day with a hotel pick-up and a beautiful and relaxing drive to the port town of Tarifa, where you will board a ferry to Tangiers (local payment of €74 PP). Enjoying the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and keeping a lookout for the dolphins that often will accompany you. Upon arrival in Tangiers, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour in and around the city. Witness not only the older and more historical sites, but also how the influences from outside have shaped this city into a modern and thriving hub of commerce and trade. For more information and to book click here.
Explore the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens on this enriching 3-hour guided tour. Discover one of the world’s most visited attractions with an informative local guide and revel at the complex’s exquisite fusion of Islamic art and culture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex that once was home to the sultans of the Nasrid Dynasty. Feast your eyes on the spectacular mix of elaborate Islamic art and architecture as your official tour guide gives you the inside scoop on its monumental and historic stature.
Explore the artistic beauty of the Court of the Lions as your guide leads you between the marble columns. Renowned for its iconic Muslim decor of blue and yellow tiles, the court is an impressive example of Islamic architectural and engineering splendor.
Don’t stop there and see what the Nasrid Palaces have to offer as you visit the Palace of Mexuar, the Palace of Comares, and the Palace of Leones. For more information and to book click here.
Explore one of the most popular monuments in Spain on a tour of more than 3 hours. Walk with official guides through the Moorish palaces and visit the stunning summer palace and gardens of the Generalife. Learn about the history of Granada on this 3-hour guided tour of the Alhambra and Generalife summer palace. An informative guide will lead you around the vast complex, dating back more than 600 years. Marvel at a magnficent mix of Islamic art and culture.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra was a courtly city where the sultans of the Nasrid Dynasty lived. In addition to the ornate palaces of the sultans, your guide will take you the military fortress for rewarding views of Granada and the surrounding mountains. Then walk over to the Generalife.
Built as a place of leisure for the Moorish Kings of Granada in the 14th century, its beautiful gardens are abundant with diverse flora and stunning water features. One writer poetically described it as the «water that cries.» For more information and to book click here.
Join a tour of the Alhambra that includes general admission and a guided tour with an official tourist guide. Visit the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, Carlos V Palace and Generalife. Your visit to the Nazari monument includes three main areas: Alcazaba, the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife-gardens, the order of which vary according to the circumstances and time of access to Palacios Nazaríes.
Your guide will decide the order and will inform the group about it before starting the tour. The Palace of Charles V is also included in the visit, although access is free without tickets. For more information and to book click here.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada on a 6-hour jeep safari from Granada. Travel through picturesque villages and the forests of Andalucia, stopping for a drink in a panoramic restaurant in Sierra Nevada. Discover some of the best views of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding Granada, and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the old city from secret viewpoints. For more information and to book click here.
Discover the cheeses, wines, and typical dishes of Granada on a 3.5-hour walking tour. Try the pionono, a dessert created for the visit of Pope Pius in 1854. Hear about Sephardic, Berber, Nasrid, and even Roman influences on Granada’s cuisine. Learn how ham is cured in the Alpujarra mountain villages, and dried by fresh Sierra Nevada air. Taste three different hams, including two from Granada and one for another part of Andalusia. Taste local cheeses and chocolate made in the Alpujarra at Granada Passion. Enjoy delicious tapas from Granada and meet the locals. Sample local recipes at the Chikito restaurant, where local artists, writers, and poets met the early 1900s. For more information and to book click here.
Enjoy a 1.5-hour session at the Arabian baths of Hammam Al Ándalus Granada with a massage included. Hammam Al Ándalus Granada is the most pleasant way to get to know the essence of the fascinating culture of Al Ándalus. The hammam is located at the foot of the Alhambra, behind the ancient mosque, nowadays St. Anne´s Church. The hammam is the best place to get away and an excellent option for reducing day-to-day stress. Move freely through of the hot, warm, and cold baths, recreating the original structure of the Andalusian hammam. The steam room tops it all off, which you can return to as often as you wish during the session. Between swims, you can relax in the rest room. For more information and to book click here.
In the morning, explore the history of Granada on a private tour of Alhambra and Generalife. One of the most important structures of the Middle Ages, Alhambra is also one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Learn about the 9th-century palace and fortress, and marvel at its magnificent mix of Moorish and Spanish culture. A hallmark of Granada’s Moorish traditions is its use of water, especially in the Arabic baths. Granada’s Hammam Al Andalus is a great way to unwind in the evening after a cultural day at Alhambra and Generalife. At Hammam Al Andalus, be welcomed in by the aromatic scent of essential oils. Bathing in the pools of different temperatures is a sure way to be eased into a state of heavenly calm, and if any stress still lingers, treat yourself to an optional massage. For more information and to book click here.
Make your way to a traditional cave dwelling in the Sacromonte district of Granada, and watch an authentic flamenco show as you enjoy a dinner of typical food from Andalucía. Get a meet and greet on arrival as the receptionist escorts you to your table for dinner. Admire the historical ambiance of the ancient cave dwelling as your waiter answers any questions you may have about the menu or evening’s entertainment. For more information and to book click here.
Be awed by the spectacular beauty of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba on a 1-hour guided tour of one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Conserving the decorative style of an Islamic mosque, construction of the magnificent monument began in the 8th century. Later extensions vastly increased its size, turning it into the second biggest mosque in the world before it became a Catholic cathedral. Venture inside to discover a forest of columns and elegant double arches, and admire the ornate maqsuramihrab (apse) along with other decorative highlights. Be led by an official guide to build a full picture of this landmark building. For more information and to book click here.
Explore the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, a former Islamic mosque, and Catholic cathedral since the Conquest. Meet your guide at the only olive tree in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees (Patio de los Naranjos) for the start of your 1-hour history tour. Discover an amazing mixture of architectural styles, constructed over 9 centuries. Standing in the historic center of Cordoba, the Mosque-Cathedral is one of the most beautiful examples of Muslim art in Spain. It was first built in 785 by the Muslim emir Abdurrahman I, on the site of an ancient Visigoth church of San Vicente. The mosque underwent consecutive extensions over later centuries, the last carried out by Al-Mansur in 987. As a result, the interior is a labyrinth of beautiful columns with double arcades and horseshoe arches. After the Christian conquest, a cathedral was built inside, with highlights including the Baroque altarpiece and the mahogany choir stalls. At the end of your tour, your guide will help you locate a good local restaurant or tavern, if you want to savor some authentic Andalusian tapas. For more information and to book click here.
Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour to learn more about the Christian, Muslim and Jewish influence in the city. Skip the long lines to the 8th-century Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and marvel at its forest of columns and double arches. Admire the mihrab (apse) of the former mosque, and then take a stroll through the Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue, Arabic market and bronze statue of the medieval Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. End with a tour inside the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. For more information and to book click here.
Journey back in time and explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with a Spanish or English-speaking guide. Learn the history of the monument, built on the orders of the caliph Abd Ar Rahman to rival the great mosques of the East. Marvel at the striking architectural features, such as the double arches of red and white stone that provided the building with height and visual interest. Next, stroll the narrow streets of the historical Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue and Municipal Souk, where local artisans demonstrate their ancient skills to passersby. Discover the statue of the rabbi and philosopher, Maimonides on Plaza de Tiberiades. Then, sample some traditional tapas with a drink.
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During your time in Córdoba, see the main highlights of the city with a 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Enjoy a complete trip lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes, or get off and back on at places that interest you the most. With this pass, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the Mezquita, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Torre de la Calahorra, the Palacio de la Merced, and the Roman Temple. Visit the city of Medina Azahara, built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III, in the image of his greatness. See museums and learn about cultural festivals, and experience the city to its fullest at any of the tours 17 stops. For more information and to book click here.
Be part of an authentic flamenco experience in the heart of Córdoba and attend a live flamenco show in a 10th-century Arabian baths. Be seduced by the music and dancing of this unique Spanish tradition with no more than 30 other people in the intimate atmosphere of the Arabian Baths of Santa Maria. Get a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink to keep you refreshed, and sit back and relax for the 10:00 PM performance. Marvel at the skills of the local flamenco dancers and musicians in a truly atmospheric environment. For more information and to book click here.