Looking for a family-friendly, long-weekend getaway? Come to the land of sherry, flamenco and dancing horses--Jerez de la Frontera near the Atlantic coast of Andalusia, Spain—and have a bit of sun, sea, sand and perhaps a sip of sherry too. It’s a gem of a destination with a diverse set of activities for everyone. If … Continue reading Family-friendly Things to Do in the Land of Sherry, Flamenco and Dancing Horses–Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain
You came here for flamenco, didn't you? And it just happens to be the Easter/Passion/Holy Week in this little town of flamenco, sherry, fighting bulls and dancing horses. Not to worry. The city has evolved and there are FREE flamenco shows here this Easter Passion week. The oldest continuously run "Tabanco" in Jerez de la … Continue reading Where to See Flamenco in Jerez during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) for FREE?
If you are planning to spend the Holy Week in Spain (Semana Santa), you may be able to witness a unique form of flamenco called Saeta, exclusively sang during this time especially in Andalucia (southern Spain). Saetas are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly … Continue reading Easter in Spain: Where to See Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As part of our "father and sons" bonding time, my kids and I make music in both English and Spanish throughout the year. We are slow in publishing these songs because, hey, I'm a fulltime father and we have other things to do. 😊 Here's one (music and video on Youtube) that we managed to finish before this Christmas--a children's flamenco Christmas version of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy" mixed with the Spanish equivalent "el Tamborilero".
Visit Jerez during the long weekend of Dia de Andalucia (28 February) or Day of Andalucia and you will have several FREE and FUN things to do for the entire family, many are related to flamenco. This is the day when the people of this region in southern Spain voted to make Andalusia an autonomous … Continue reading Flamenco festival de Jerez. What to do in Jerez (Dia de Andalucia weekend)?
In the spirit of the season, here's the first of our own version of Christmas songs by kids performed in festive Jerezano flamenco style called "Zambomba". This one is (hopefully) a refreshing, family-friendly take on "Joy to the World" in English and in the style of Rumba Flamenca on the guitar, mixed with popular Villancicos … Continue reading Joy to the world (New) Villancicos – Christmas Songs Kids – Mix Spanish-English – Family Video
The best time to visit Jerez, whether you are a flamenco die-hard or culturally curious, is in autumn, specifically in the month of November. Not only is November 16th the International Day of Flamenco, this month is FULL of authentic FREE FLAMENCO PURO (for the flamenco purists) in Barrios San Miguel, Santiago and San Mateo--neighborhoods … Continue reading Jerez in November: Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows
The best time to see FREE and authentic flamenco performance in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), for me, is in the fall. Why? Simply, it's not as hot as in the summer and not as heavily populated by flamenco-tourists as other times, as I wrote in What to Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco … Continue reading Jerez in November: What To Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows
Bombastic. In one word, that was Manuel de la Tomasa's outstanding performance at Peña Flamenca (PF) Tio Jose de Paula on the second Saturday of its 35th Otono Flamenco--of FREE authentic flamenco (puro) recitals in October in Jerez de la Frontera. This year's shows are dedicated to Don Antonio Chacón García who was born 150 … Continue reading Flamenco in Jerez for Foreigners: Manuel de la Tomasa
The best time to see authentic and FREE flamenco performance in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), for me, is in the autumn. Beginning in October (sometimes late September), two Peña Flamencas (or flamenco clubs)-- Peña Buena Gente and Peña Tio Jose de Paula--offer weekly performances from local flamencos that you do not normally get to … Continue reading What To Do and Where To See FREE Flamenco Shows in Jerez in October