The province of Granada is in itself a flamenco route. It is possible to follow the steps of the maestro Antonio Chacón, the creator of two of the most famous song styles: the granaína and the media granaína. Chacón lived in Granada for a long period of time at the end of the 18th century, when it is believed that he composed these genres of songs.
Another figure linked intrinsically to the Granada flamenco scene was the poet Federico García Lorca. The influence flamenco had on him can be seen in his written work, with notable ideas such as duende and cultura en la sangre. For this reason you should visit Fuente Vaqueros, the village where he was born, so that you can understand what inspired the poet. In Valderrubio, where Lorca grew up, the Flamenco Festival of Valderrubio is held in his house that has now been turned into a museum.
The route that passes by the villages of Montefrío, Iznájar or Algarinejo in the Poniente district is recommended for fans of flamenco. In those villages there is a strong link between the farming work songs and the threshing songs. It is here in Loja that the festival Volaera Flamenca is held.
Other traditional festivals are held in Ogíjares, in Salobreña, and in the Costa Tropical.
The essence of flamenco can be experienced throughout the province but it is in the Granada where the cante jondo is most intense. The Sacromonte and Albaicín districts are great places to see and hear many variations of this art from such as the roa or the zambra.
The Sacromonte district with its caves full of people enjoying the dancing is a truly authentic experience.
The city’s auditorium, La Chumbera, is nearby and it is here that the International Centre for Gypsy Studies is located. This centre organises many flamenco performances all year round, with the spectacular view of the Alhambra in the background.
The Albaicín quarter shows another side of flamenco. Here these are numerous flamenco peñas (clubs) that put on flamenco shows, including the oldest in the country, La Platería. Many popular and famous flamenco artists, such as Enrique Morente, Juan Carmona or the Montoya family perform here. This is also where the Albaicín Flamenco Festival is held.