Passionate, intense and joyful; flamenco is the heartbeat of Spain, and Madrid is its de facto capital. Emerging from the streets of Madrid, flamenco has been passed through the centuries, and is now regarded as the national soundtrack of Spain. Anyone who wants to make it as a flamenco performer comes to Madrid, with the city playing host to more tablaos, or flamenco clubs, than any other. Traditional flamenco comprises the dance of cante jondo performers, the strumming of the Spanish guitar, and the quejío, a melancholy song capturing the memories and pain of the past. Take a look at the official Madrid tourism website for a list of the best places to enjoy flamenco in the city.