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The Art of Flamenco

The Running of the Bulls may have wrapped up on July 14th, but there remains another iconic pastime that can be experienced at any time of year in Spain: Flamenco.

While the thought of Southern Spainmay conjure images of white villages, gentle hills, and refreshing sangria, at the heart of Andalusían culture, complementing its rustic landscape, is the art of Flamenco.  A culmination of Roman, Moorish, Christian, and Jewish influence, the folk dance has served as one the most prominent features of Spanish culture since the 18th century.  Initially evolving out of Gypsy culture, its origins are enveloped in mystery.  Yet, Flamenco has survived centuries to develop into a cultural emblem known throughout the world.

More than simply a genre of music or dance, Flamenco combines cante (singing), toque (guitar), and danza (dance) to create a captivating, all encompassing sensory experience.  The cultural tradition can be taken in at a Peña Flamenca, a traditional Flamenco club, a Tabloa, a modern establishment designed specifically for Flamenco performance, or even occasionally in an impromptu juerga (jam session).  Regardless of the venue, after experiencing Flamenco, most agree that the art is truly a “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,”  as UNESCO declared it just last year.

Experience the eloquence and mystique of Flamenco for yourself and join us on one of our favorite warm winter getaways,Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky, where we enjoy a visit to a Peña Flamenca on Day 4.

Click here to view a video of our Spain Trip, featuring a Flamenco dance.


Gambas al Pil-Pil (Sizzling Hot Chili Shrimp)

Tapa Recipe, shrimp recipe


Gambas al Pil-Pil (Sizzling Hot Chili Shrimp)

Gambas (shrimp) al pil pil, is a simple, traditional, delicious Spanish tapa that is easy to prepare.



8 ounces uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 (1-inch) piece dried red chili pepper, seeded or 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pinch paprika

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


Place shrimp in bowl; sprinkle with coarse salt and toss. Let stand 15 minutes. Pat dry. Heat oil in medium skillet over high heat. Add garlic, and dried pepper and stir. When garlic browns, discard it and the dried chili. Add shrimp; stir until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to serving dish with the oil. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley

Recipe found on the Food Network


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