Zambra María la Canastera

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Flamenco, Andalucia, Spain. Public Domain.
Location: Camino del Sacromonte, 89, 18010 Granada.
(37.181957, -3.584060)
Open: All year daily 21:15.
Fee: Flamenco: Adults EUR 30, Children (0-12) 25.
Flamenco and dinner: Adults EUR 62.
Classification: Flamenco Cave SubterraneaCave House
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Zambra María la Canastera, Camino del Sacromonte, 89, 18010 Granada, Tel: +34-958-121-183, Fax: +34-958-084-332.
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~1970 founded by María Cortés Heredia.


Venta El Gallo and Zambra María la Canastera, Sacromonte, Andalucia, Spain. Public Domain.

Zambra María la Canastera is said to be the best of the Flamenco Caves of Granada. The small rectangular cave offers one of the major touristic attractions in Granada, flamenco dance. The cave is decorated with photographs of famous visitors and traditional Sacromonte craft work, pottery and hammered copper. The cave is given with a capacity of 60 visitors, which is smaller than the other venues, or just more sincere. The show is definitely professional and the atmosphere is informal, with family members doing the singing, dancing and waitressing. The cave offers flamenco shows, dinner with show, and even a minibus service to transport clients back to their hotel.

The cave was named La Canastera when it was founded by María Cortés Heredia, a flamenco dancer and singer known as "La Canastera". Canastera means basket, and her father was basket maker, so this became her stage name at an early age. She was born in 1913, began dancing in the Sacromonte Zambras at a young age, quickly rose to fame, and by the age of 16 she was already travelling to Barcelona for performances. She made numerous recordings as well as television appearances.

The Zambra has a main cave which is used for the show, which was once the living room of the family. But there are side caves which were transformed into a small museum. The kitchen and two bedrooms are in their original state. It shows the daily live in the cave houses. But there is no restaurant on site, if you book a show with dinner, you will eat at a nearby restaurant.