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“Great flamenco, perfect location, good food + wine”

Arte y Sabores de Cordoba
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Flamenco Show at Santa Maria Arabian Baths in Cordoba
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Owner description: En pleno corazon del barrio de la Juderia de Cordoba se encuentran el edificio de una preciosa casa arabe cordobesa del siglo X en la que se ubicaron los banos arabes de Santa Maria, banos de uso publico durante la epoca musulmana y que constituyen uno de los escasos ejemplos conservados de un tipo de establecimiento muy popular durante aquel periodo.De la casa destaca la arquitectura del patio que se encuentra a la entrada, con los caracteristicos arcos de herradura. El espectaculo se ofrece en la antigua sala de sauna, decorada simple pero con gusto para poder disfrutar del autentico y verdadero flamenco.
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Our hotel, Hotel Mezquita, sent us to the "Banos Arabes de Santa Maria" an old... X or XI century arab bath/sauna. Jose a.k.a. Pepe, owner, manager, greeter showed us around when we came to make our reservation. Later, we discover that Pepe a.k.a "el Macareno" is a virtuoso flamenco guitarist, along with Klaus, singer (cante) and their dancers made an unforgettable night. Perfect location/ambiance for a tour through the history of flamenco as narrated by Pepe in between interpretations, in Spanish, English and German... not sure if he speaks any other languages.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I've heard a lot of flamenco over the years, and what is offered here is among the best. A poster commemorating the late Cameron de la Isla in a little alcove on the back wall raised my hopes, and they were well fulfilled. I had feared this might be dumbed down flamenco for tourists, but it was not. It is fully genuine, if cut to fit a one-hour time slot rather than allowed to go on for hours. The guitarist plays with great feeling and wonderful skill. The male singer is full of soul and considerable power. The three female dancers were excellent. It is "real" flamenco, not dumbed-down flash for tourists -- since that can sometimes feel a bit "raw," you may or may not like it. The meal on offer is fine for the price, but it would not by itself attract me back again. It might be worth noting that the majority of the audience (limited by the size of the room to 20 people) arrived after the meal and were there just for the performance. The setting, as a plaque on the outside of the door makes clear, is an old Arab bath, perhaps one used for ablutions for the mosque nearby (now remade into a cathedral) the plaque suggests. I doubt that, given its distance from the mosque; but does make for a scenic setting. Go for the music. It would be hard to find better flamenco,.

3  Thank Msafiri_Hodari_Sana
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

The place is just a cellar with a rounded ceiling, barely big enough for 20 people and 10 tables. We went there for a simple, unpretentious dinner (Salmorejo, Tortilla de Patatas and a Creme Caramel). After dinner, the Flamenco show starts. And what a show. El Macareno (who until that moment I thought was just a waiter), his singer and 2 dancers did a 1-hour long amazing Flamenco show, showing us all styles of Flamenco, from the instrumental-but-sad to the sung-and cheerful. Really worth it.

2  Thank Davide R
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was a totally enjoyable experience. The show took place in what were ancient Arab baths and this provided a unique setting to experience Flamenco.

The evening began with a Cordoba dinner which consisted of authentic Andulucian cuisine and wine - this was rustic dining and although simple was very agreeable and set the scene for the performance. The atmosphere was intimate and gave the impression of a private performance. All of the performers, the guitarist, the singer and the two dancers were top rate and well worth going to see - highly recommended.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Wow! The guitarist El Macareno is extremely talented and produces music you should not miss. Claus the singer and the 2 dancers are also excellent. An evening that will leave you wanting more.

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