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Zambra María Canastera

Zambra María Canastera

4.5 (503 reviews)
4.5 (503 reviews)
from 24.00 €
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Camino del Sacromonte, 89, 18010 Granada (Granada) - Spain | View map
Mo, Tu, We, Sa, Su
Th, Fr
19:45 | 21:00
60 min
60 people
6-8 performers
6-8 performers
Venue: accessible | Bathrooms: accessible
Venue: accessible | Bathrooms: accessible

About the Show

La Zambra de María La Canastera is located in the Sacramonte quarter of Granada. Now over 50 years in operation, the cave is one of the oldest flamenco cave venues in the city of Granada. Inside the former cave home has been decorated with photographs of famous visitors as well as traditional pottery and copperware typical of the region. With a capacity of approximately 60 people, the nightly flamenco shows are intimate and familiar, and continue to feature the family of Maria La Canastera. Today her son, Enrique, continues to operate the home which has now been converted into a venue for flamenco performances as well as a cultural museum. Several of the rooms in the cave dwelling have been preserved - the kitchen and two bedrooms are in their original state. The living room continues to serve as the main stage for the performances.

Maria Cortes Heredia, a flamenco dancer and singer known as "La Canastera", was born in 1913. Her artistic name came at an early age and is owed to her father, a local craftsman who specialized in weaving artisan wicker baskets. Maria began dancing in the Sacromonte Zambras where she quickly rose to fame. By the age of 16 she was already travelling to Barcelona to perform with some of flamenco's most famous artists. Over time she shared the stage with names such as Carmen Amaya, Pepe Marchena and La Niña de los Peines. She made numerous recordings as well as television appearances.

La Zambra de María La Canastera also offers the option of transportation (round trip) with pickup from city center locations (direct pickup from some hotels along the route is possible). The route follows the narrow streets of the Albayzin until reaching the Sacromonte quarter and La Zambra de María La Canastera, providing a panoramic visit for guests. Currently the transport/tour option is not offered due to the pandemic situation.


What an amazing show! We felt like we were part of a wedding. The dancers were passionate and talented and it felt like the lady who was singing, kept everything together with her overriding talent. Can’t recommend enough.
The settings is a man-made cave not a real cave It gets a little stuffy with all the people in the room. it would be helpful if you knew a little about flamingo history prior to going as everything is in Spanish. You are offered to drink of wine, sangria, or beer or soft drink upon entering and being seated. The music and dancing is extraordinary but again would have more meaning you knew.
January the 12th 2024: Do not rely on reservations here. Despite confirming the performance via email, the venue was closed. Disrespectful treatment of people, waste of time. A little respect for the audience wouldn't hurt. Fortunately, there are plenty of other places in the area where you can watch great flamenco. We managed to catch a show at another cueva. Zambra María la Canastera - definitely not recommended.
Go somewhere with an actual stage instead of a cave like place like this. They fill this place to an extreme. If you’re not there at least 30 minutes ahead to grab a front seat then your view is mostly blocked. There’s no ventilation and the place starts to smell horrible very quickly. It was 60-70% bad singing and guitar playing. Hardly got to see dancing.
Wasn't really sure what to expect. The Flamenco dancers were so amazing. The songs they group sang while the dancers performed were emotional and intriguing. I would see this performed again and again. It was very cozy. The Sangria was definitely the best I had while in Spain.
Don’t expect a warm welcome if you’re early. The music, singing and flamenco though are absolutely mind blowing. Their energy and passion and expressions just cannot be replicated. It’s like it courses through their DNA….. the rapport they have among themselves as artists is so unique…. There is nothing formulaic about their art…. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time you will still be absolutely mesmerised. It has to be seen to understand the experience of seeing this particular flamenco up close. It’s a small intimate space and appears to sell out so best to book early. The C32 bus stops outside which is so handy but it’s also not a long walk back to the main area. It’s the only one locals recommend as I asked around before booking and I truly was happy that I did.
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The tickets will not be sent by post. The confirmation email will serve as your tickets and the reservation will be held under your name at the venue. You can either print the confirmation email or present a copy of the email on a Smartphone or tablet. If you are not able to print or present a copy of the email on a Smartphone or tablet, please send us an email directly after finalizing the purchase and we will arrange entry presenting photo identification (Passport, driver's license or other national identity card).

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