|Plaza de San Francisco|
1) Bullfighter Manolete died here
|Monument to Manolete in front of the bullring|
2) Guitarist Andrés Segovia was born here
3) Lively culture of tapas and flamenco
|Peña Flamenca Plomo y Plata|
Additionally, the town has a healthy appreciation for flamenco, a style of music that involves ornate, Arabic-sounding singing, guitar playing, hand clapping, and passionate dancing. This uniquely-Spanish genre began centuries ago in the region of Andalucía, based on the musical traditions of Gypsy people who form a large part of the population in the south. My friend Alissa lived and worked in Linares this past year and once invited me to a flamenco performance that was completely free yet totally authentic. A little under a hundred locals (and us) crammed into a converted garage that hosted the flamenco club, enjoying fresh food and drink and a powerful expression of emotion.
4) Train station was Andalucía’s only gateway to the rest of Spain
Have you ever heard of Linares before? What other important cities can you think of that are completely overlooked by travel guides? Tell me in the comments below!
For more pictures, check out my set on Flickr here.