Flamenco Guitar Culture
Meet renowned guitar player Damian Sanchez for a guided visit through the Guitar Museum in Almeria and then a flamenco workshop. See how Spanish guitars are handcrafted at the shop of Juan Miguel Gonzalez, then enjoy a glass of wine watching a flamenco concert at the ancient Moorish well site, Aljibe.
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Spain is the birthplace of the guitar as we know it today, and this region of Andalusia gave us flamenco, the music and the dance. Learn all about it the Guitar Museum in Almeria, a 30-minute drive from the pier to the city center. Meet Damian Sanchez at the museum entrance, your special guide for the day.
With Andalusian and Arabic roots, the “guitarra”/“qitara” was originally made here in Almeria, and modern acoustic guitars, and their owners, can thank Almerian luthier (guitar maker) Antonio de Torres, “the most important Spanish guitar maker of the 19th century,” for innovative designs still used on the finest guitars today. In fact, the Guitar Museum is dedicated to Torres.
After walking through the museum, learn more in depth about flamenco music with Damian Sanchez in a rhythms workshop, understanding its Spanish history and culture, as well as its Arab ancestry.
Next visit one of the last shops where the Spanish guitar is still handcrafted by luthier Juan Miguel Gonzalez. Much more than simple instruments, these guitars are works of art, the wood sheets chosen and manipulated carefully by Gonzalez to create the iconic Spanish guitar.
The perfect ending to the day comes at the Aljibe, an ancient Moorish well from the 11th century, where performances are also held. With a glass of Spanish wine in hand, enjoy a concert with Damian Sanchez on guitar and singer Rocio Zamora – see why performances are held here as the acoustics are incredible.
Important Notes:This excursion is not wheelchair accessible, and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old to drink alcohol. Guests can expect to walk and stand for two hours over flat, paved ground, and climb about 24 stairs. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.