If you are interested in seeing flamenco or
other interesting things live I would recommend the
following. The month of May is a month very good month
to travel in Spain. It is not as hot as in summer, the
prices are lower and there is much less tourism. May is
the month of Maria in Spain and specifically in
Andalucia this is celebrated in many ways.
many towns ‘romerías’ are organized. The purest forms
can be found in the province of Huelva. You can find
information on dates, times and locations in all local
newspapers. In this romerías you can find what normally
is conceived to be typically Spanish. There are
carriages with horses and people in local dress follow
singing and playing the guitar. Usually they stop in an
open field to unfold the tables and chairs for a meal
with a lot of song and dance. The spectator, when he
approaches with some respect, will be welcomed and will
be invited to share the meal and the celebration.
Madrid you can find one of the most famous guitar
builders of Spain, the Guitarerría of Santos Bayón. The
guitars of Santos Hernandez were world famous in his
time and continued to be so till the present time.
Although the original builder Santos has died since many
years, his family is still continuing the tradtion. They
still build classical and flamenco guitars using the old
work place of Santos Hernández.
Every tuesday evening they organize a gathering of guitarists.
you are interested in flamenco guitar it is a very nice
place to visit. You will be warmly welcomed. The address
is: Guitarerría de Santos Bayón, calle Aduana 23,
teléfono, 91 522 95 21, 28013 Madrid.
They are closed on saturday and sundays. You can find it
in the city centre of Madrid close to the Puerta de Sol
(see also photo's Humberto 2007).