Olé and viva flamenco!
Flamenco! Olé! It’s one of Spain’s most iconic images. It’s even been declared by UNESCO as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
It’s known and loved all over the world, and although there are many theories over its exact origins’, it’s clear that its birthplace was Andalucía and that it was started there by the gypsies.
So where does the name flamenco come from? Well, when non Christians were being exiled during the reconquista, a word used to express the gypsies’ despair was “fellahmengu” and one theory believes that the name stems from this.
To learn more and try it out for yourself, then pay a visit to the Museo del Baile Flamenco. Its workshops and exhibitions in an XVII century building are steeped in tradition.