One of the many cradles of flamenco is Jerez, where Moorish, Gypsy, Jewish, and Andalucían traditions met. This academic center possesses the largest public archive of books, musical scores, and performance videos of flamenco in Spain. Flamenco engravings and paintings line the walls of the central courtyard, and free videos are screened in the auditorium. You’ll always hear flamenco in the background—the center features recordings by a different artist every week. Staff are steeped in the local scene; ask about upcoming performances at the city’s proliferating tabanco sherry bars and commercial nightclub tablaos.