The Deep Flamenco Tour

Sevilla Flamenco Biennial 2022 and Southern Spain

Sevilla, Vejer de la Frontera, Jerez, & San Fernando Spain

September 7th-14th, 2022

Join us for a total immersion in the music, culture and spirit of flamenco in Andalusia, Spain, where flamenco music and dance were born. From newcomers to aficionados, this insider’s small group flamenco tour is for anyone who wants to experience flamenco music and dance in its authentic context and enjoy the culture, food, and unique landscape of Southern Spain. 

Hosted by Cultural Music Specialist Judy Cantor-Navas and other expert guests and musicians, and joined by members of the Musical Getaways team, we´ll explore streets that sound of the rich cross-cultural history of the music and the mix of Roma, Arab and Jewish cultures that have shaped Southern Spain, and we´ll experience the vitality of today’s flamenco music scene with concerts in venues that range from majestic concert halls and outdoor stages to corner sherry bars, to the living room of a flamenco dancer’s home. At hands-on workshops, musicians and dancers will decode the often mysterious and always mesmerizing art form.

We´ll have a prime seat at the singular Sevilla Flamenco Biennial, when flamenco takes over the city, in a post-pandemic comeback edition that promises to be especially spectacular. We´ll attend nightly concerts by flamenco legends and cutting-edge emerging artists in site-specific venues and street performances.

And of course, we´ll explore Seville like a local, peeking at tiled patios on walks around the city, and viewing historic monuments as we paddle on Sevilla’s storied Guadalquivir River. We´ll have our fill of tapas at the bars and restaurants-both classics and up to the minute modern-that are an inseparable part of Andalusian culture.

Choose our option to extend your trip for three more nights and come with us to Vejer de la Frontera, a hilltop white-washed walled town that is known as one of the most beautiful places in Spain, created by the cross current of cultures that have settled there dating to the Paleolithic era. From Vejer, we´ll visit Jerez, known as the cradle of flamenco music and the birthplace of sherry, and San Fernando, the hometown of Camarón de la Isla, celebrated as the greatest flamenco singer of all time.

The Deep Flamenco Tour in Southern SpainThe Deep Flamenco Tour in Southern Spain

MEET YOUR HOST

Judy Cantor-Navas

Promo photo of Judy Cantor Navas

Judy Cantor-Navas is a Grammy-nominated writer, producer and traveler devoted to introducing new audiences to the diverse music of Spain and Latin America, and the stories of its artists and origins. She has written and spoken about classic and contemporary flamenco for media including Billboard, NPR, Radio Gladys Palmera, The Miami Herald and No Depression magazine.

Judy was Cultural Music Consultant for the 2021 Oscar-nominated Disney Animation Movie “Encanto,” and has been a music curator and writer for MTV, Google, Napster and major and independent record labels. She was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the Album Notes category for the box set The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions, and was the recipient of a 2019 Latin Grammy Foundation research grant. Awards for her writing include a National Music Journalism Awards First Prize for Feature Writing, a Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade prize for criticism and an Inter American Press Association Fellowship to Buenos Aires.

Judy is the translator of the new book Cha-Cha-Chá: A Dance and an Era, published by Madrid’s Gladys Palmera Collection. Her projects set for release in 2022 include a box set that tells the story of the pioneering Cuban record label Panart, and a podcast about Latinx punk, for which she served as story producer and lead writer. Judy’s many adventures include a stint writing for The Associated Press from Sevilla, where she covered Diego Maradona’s comeback as a player for Sevilla FC. Originally from New York City, she now lives in Barcelona with her husband and son.

Where we will stay

Hotel Amadeus in Sevilla, Spain

Seville, SPain (Sept 7-11th, 2022)

la casa del califa Spain

Vejer de la Frontera, SPain (Sept 11-13th, 2022)

Bnb option - Private room/Bath (Sept 7-11th, 2022)

What's included?

What's included?

Sample itinerary

  • Arrival in Sevilla 
  • We’ll greet you at the airport and give you an introduction to the city sights on the way to the hotel. 
  • You’ll have time to rest and refresh or go for a stroll in the barrio Santa Cruz, whose streets and architecture dating to Roman times are testament to the Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultures that have historically inhabited the city. 
  • We’ll meet in the evening for a welcome dinner at an authentic flamenco tablao, and an informal introduction to the Flamenco Biennial and the week’s activities. 
  • After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a walking tour and learn the artistic history of the Triana neighborhood, an incubator of flamenco, traditionally home to Seville’s gypsy population. Special visit to the Centro de la Cerámica de Triana, (Triana Ceramics Center), a ceramics factory founded in 1939 that now houses the Flamenco Biennial Headquarters, in a restored building that is testament to the tradition of ceramic tiles and pottery in Sevilla that dates back to the Middle Ages.
  • Lunch in Triana on the site (as you’ll learn) of a key event in the history of pure flamenco.
  • Toward evening, we’ll attend the Opening Ceremony of the Flamenco Biennial and convene for an informal dinner.
  • After breakfast, we’ll visit the studio of a local artist for a unique demonstration of the different rhythms and an introduction to styles of flamenco. Then we´ll head to a vibrant but hidden away market-side bar loved by locals for some of the best seafood tapas in town. 
  • Look forward to this evening when we´ll attend a concert by one of the Biennial’s renowned headliners. Dinner on your own or with others in the group and the option of taking in a late-night flamenco show will follow.
  • An early morning paddle on Guadalquivir River for a guided tour to the sights from a kayak. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can take a walking tour or enjoy some free time. 
  • After a dance or music workshop with flamenco musicians, we’ll head to one of Sevilla’s newer restaurants for pescaito (little fried fish) and paella.
  • There will be free time to explore and rest before a concert that showcases the strength of the current young generation of flamenco artists.  We can recommend nearby spots for late-night  dinner or drinks on your own or with others in the group after the concert.
  • Breakfast at Hotel, free time
  • We’ll attend the flamenco version of Sunday mass with a concert at a historic cathedral.
  • After the concert, we’ll gather together for a light lunch and say farewell to travelers whose final stop is Sevilla.
  • Those continuing on the trip will leave for  Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, one of Andalusia’s famed “pueblos blancos” acclaimed as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. 
  • We’ll check into Hotel Casa del Califa, whose central building is from 1527, with walls dating back to the Tenth Century. A unique place that feels like you are in a house the ancient Al-Andalus, as the region now called Andalusia was known under Muslim rule.
  • At dusk, we’ll meet our guide, a Vejer native who will take us on a fascinating tour of the Arab and Jewish past of this walled city, highlighting the unique cultural context that led the way to the birth of flamenco.
  • In the evening we’ll have our own flamenco fiesta on the terrace of the house of a flamenco dancer and historian, where they will lead us in dancing and palmas (hand-clapping) and serve a dinner of local specialties.
  • After a special breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head out on a day trip to explore the Cádiz region.
  • First stop Jerez, often known as “the cradle of flamenco,” and also for the sherry wine that bears its name. We will combine those two unique and native creations at a “tabanco,” a kind of neighborhood sherry bar and locals’ hangout found only in Jerez, where we can listen to flamenco while sipping jerez and eating tapas.
  • Then we’ll visit San Fernando, the birthplace of the immortal flamenco icon Camerón de la Isla. 
  • Dinner at El Jardin de Califa in the hotel, where we´ll enjoy a delicious and leisurely Moroccan dinner.
  • After breakfast, you’ll have the option of spending the morning at El Palmar beach, a long stretch of sand on the Atlantic lined with surf shacks, where we can arrange a surfing class, or horseback riding along the shore.
  • We’ll return to Sevilla, where you’ll have a chance to rest or do some last-minute shopping before our farewell dinner.
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Transportation to the Sevilla airport for departure (or stay if you like!)

TOUR DATES AND PRICING

SEPTEMBER 7TH-11TH, 2022

SEVILLE AND THE FLAMENCO BIENNAL
Price Per Person
  • $1,995 BnB Private Room and Bath
  • $2,960 Hotel Double Shared Room
  • $3,460 One Person in a Double Hotel Room
  • $ 3,640 Hotel Suite (Double Occupancy)
  • $ 4,390 Hotel Suite (Single Occupancy)

September 7th-14th, 2022

SEVILLE AND THE FLAMENCO BIENNAL, VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, JEREZ AND SAN FERNANDO
Price Per Person
  • $4,155 Double Shared Hotel Room
  • $4,905 One Person in a Double Hotel Room
  • $ 5,285 Hotel Suite (Double Occupancy)
  • $ 6,515 Hotel Suite (Single Occupancy)

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