Granada City - Concerts

Concerts in Granada city

You can enjoy a wide range of concerts in Granada, from classical to opera, flamenco and rock. As a popular university city, always associated with creativity, it has plenty of smaller venues catering to eclectic tastes.

The main venues in terms of capacity are Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Palacio de Deportes de Granada, and the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Granada, the largest covered auditórium in Andalucia. Two of the most outstanding historically are the Palacio Carlos V, and the Generalife summer gardens, both part of the Alhambra complex.

In terms of concert halls, Teatro Alhambra and Teatro Isabel la Catolica offer classical and flamenco performances.

Smaller venues are mostly found around the Realejo area, near Campo de Principe where many students go out - look out for Placeta de Strummer, a small square named after Joe Strummer, who lived in Granada in the 1970s and 1980s. Check out Planta Baja, Sala El Tren, Café Tertulia and Sala Booga Club. Calle Pedro Antonio de Alarcon has plenty of diverse bars with live music.

For flamenco, try the Jardines de Zoraya, in the Albaicin district, while Eshavira has jazz and flamenco.

Festivals

Granada holds a famous Music and Dance Festival every year in June, with concert venues including the open-air theatre in the Generalife, the summer gardens of the Alhambra, and the unusual circular courtyard of the 16th-century Palacio Carlos V.

Granada Sound pop/rock festival takes place in September, at the Cortijo del Conde.

 

The Maestranza Theatre puts on operas every season, as well as numerous concerts by the ROSS (Real Orchestra Sinfonica de Sevilla), plus flamenco.

The beautiful Lope de Vega, built for the Expo 1929 LINK, has copla, classical and pop concerts.

For big names, the Isla Cartuja hosts two major venues: the Auditorio Rocio Jurado and the Estadio Olimpico. Coming up for 2017 are Ricky Martin and David Bisbal.

If your music tastes tend more towards the ethnic, then African and Arabic sounds can be heard at the Fundacion Tres Culturas, also on the Isla Cartuja.

In the summer, a season of outdoor concerts takes place in the gardens of the Alcazar Royal Palace.  On balmy evenings under gently swaying palms, listen to live Irish, Arabic, classical, antique, jazz and flamenco music played on a stage at the end of the Grutesco Gallery.

 

Bienal de Flamenco

In even-numbered years, during September and October, the Bienal de Flamenco has the finest artists performing in venues around the city, including the Maestranza, Teatro Lope de Vega and Teatro Central.