Flamenco guitar in Ronda
When I opened Los Castaños in 2004, there were no local Ronda wines available nor was there any classical Spanish guitar music early enough in the evening for foreigners to enjoy. As in every Andalucian town there were plenty of peñas or flamenco clubs which are great but they don´t get going till after midnight. For most tourists who have been on the go hiking or sightseeing all day, that is just too late.
But since then some clever people have identified the gap in the market. There are lots of non-Spaniards who appreciate flamenco music and are anxious to learn but can´t hack the midnight hour!
Here in Ronda, we now have two places that we are proud to offer you on your next trip. We have been to both of them and highly recommend either or both. Each offers a different perspective of live classical flamenco music.
Celia Morales´studio is right in the centre of Ronda, conveniently just off the main shopping street, Calle la Bola. You could park at the top of the Bola or at the bottom.
Celia gives hour-long concerts of traditional Spanish Flamenco guitar music every evening at 6pm and 7:30 pm. Although attended mostly by foreigners, this is not a “Flamenco for Tourists” show but serious music for music-lovers.
Check the website or with me to make sure as concert times can change. Celia plays some classical music and some of her own composition. She explains gently what she is going to play and the whole experience is harmonious and relaxed. Entry 15 euros. Info here Good to reserve which you can do yourself or I can help you.
Calle Calvo Asensio, 8, Ronda
If you have a group you can arrange a private concert.
(34) 619 573 536 – (34) 605 067 182
The other, equally outstanding guitar offering, is The Ronda Guitar House run by Lucy and her talented internationally well-known guitarist husband, Paco Seco. This is very different from Celia´s concert but also not a typical flamenco show for tourists with dancing girls and clapping guys. Paco presents a serious but light-hearted survey of different styles of classical Spanish music. He often plays four different guitars, explaining the differences and the music suited to each.
Apart from the music, the Guitar House itself is fascinating and something of a museum to music with some magnificent old instruments on display. If you are lucky you will be offered a little tot of Malaga wine to get you in the mood! This is a whole experience and our guests have loved their visit. More here on their website.
Flamenco Shows for Tourists
Bar Quinque. They don´t have website but a Facebook page which you can find here with full details of their shows.
El Casino, which you will find in the middle of town in Plaza del Socorro, the square with the magnificent statue of Hercules and the two lions. Times vary but you can ask me and I will check it out.
Museo Lara, which is an extraordinarily eclectic collection of clocks and carriages, armaments and scientific instruments. And flamenco shows or tablao as they are called in Andaluz. Usually twice a week but check their website here.