ROUTE THROUGH THE FANDANGO TERRITORY
The fandango is an essential part of the province. It is a folkloric expression which leads us to the past even back to the Tartessic period. Alosno is the principal cradle of a style full of historic reminiscence and which until 1492 produced the first references over a type of flamenco singing and dancing which were used in el Portichuelo, old name for the Alosno area.
Huelva is known for its “choquero” singings, the dance of Huelva capital consists of three fandangos and at least four people have to dance it. All these details can be consulted in the archive of Huelva´s town hall.
This route forces you to pass Almonaster la Real, although it is situated in the Sierra de Aracena, where you can check this. The Santa Eulalia church is the receiver of all the lyrics of the local styles next to the River Odiel. The fandango of Almonaster is of pilgrimage holiday character, very fun-loving and celebrated, something which contrasts with the austerity of the castle and the mosque which are situated at the top of the hill.
Nevertheless, this sobriety has an influence on the styles of other villages like Calañas or Valverde del Camino, famous for its leather boots. The Andévalo hill, in which the choir of San Benito performs the styles of the place while the “jamugueras” dance it or the people from Zalamea la Real, country of good anisettes, open the doors to the last fandango area: the Sierra. The whitewashed houses of the Sierra villages, its alleys, its slopes and its great location in the middle of the hills are enough ingredients to understand the reasons why the music is so opulent in this region, capable of converting the silence of its streets into a beautiful danceable melody.
Cabeza Rubias, Santa Bárbara de Casas and, above all, Encinasola, are the standards of Huelva´s highland flamenco singing. In the special case of Encinasola and because of its boardering situation with Portugal, it is mixed with folkloric issues of both sides. The pilgrimage of its Flores Virgin makes the entire village come out on the streets to dance its peculiar fandango settled in the minor tones, something which just happens in this place. Nearly all the lyrics are destinated to the patron saint and are accompanied by some curious squared tambourines which carry the women.
Itinerary: Huelva, Alosno, Cerro del Andévalo, Cabezas Rubias, Santa Bárbara de Casas, Zalamea la Real, Almonaster la Real, Encinasola.