KICK UP YOUR HEELS

Flamenco Crash Course

By , Monday, Mar 27, 2006, 7:20 AM

Travelers bound for Spain's sun-kissed southern region of Andalusia can learn more about flamenco for free thanks to a new series of shows, concerts, demonstrations and lectures organized by Spain's Tourist Board.

The events take place at cortijos (country estates), peñas (private clubs), palaces, vineyards and hotels scattered throughout Andalusia, March-December 2006. Five suggested D.I.Y. routes are posted on andalucia.org/flamenco along with directions, travel times, hotels, and tips on local guitar-makers, flamenco dress shops, and the best places to eat.

Routes run from Morón de la Frontera to Algerciras (Jun. 12-16, Oct. 16-20); Almuñecar to Rincón de la Victoria (Oct. 3-7; Nov. 6-10); Puente Genil to Córdoba (May 2-6; Sept. 25-29); Seville to Cádiz (Mar. 27-31, Apr. 17-21, Dec. 11-15); and Seville to Málaga (May 15-19, Sept. 11-15). Stops are close enough that travelers could easily base themselves in Málaga or another city and make trips by car to however many events they choose.

Flamenco talks will be held in English with simultaneous audio-visual presentations and hand-outs in English. Advance online registration is required.