Barcelona Milonga Review

I have heard from various sources that Barcelona has really good milongas. So, I decided to find out for myself. During my three city European milonga tour, Barcelona was my first stop. Due to my tight schedule, I was able to go to just one milonga. Of course, if I stayed for a week, I may have attended couple of more milongas. Maybe on my next trip, I can indulge longer in Barcelona. Here is my one milonga review in Barcelona:

Name: Casa Valencia, Location: Barcelona, Date: June, 2018.

Accessibility-(4.0): Close to public transportation, in town, 3rd floor. Ambiance-(3.5):separate lounge room, late comers, casual atmosphere, large turnout (70+?) Organization-(3.5): Fee- 7 Euro, darkened good size room, square room seating setup. Floor (3.0): marble. DJ-(4.0): Good traditional danceable tanda music. Dance-(4.5): Most dancers were good to excellent; floor craft was well observed. Most dancers were in their 40s to 70s. Even gender split.

Overall-(4.0): If one is a good tango dancer, this milonga would be fun to go to. It maybe difficult for visitors to dance with the local tangueros because of their skill level.

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Lima Milonga Review

Last year on the way back from visiting the Machu Picchu ruins, I decided to  make a short detour and check out a milonga in Lima. Since  it was a Sunday afternoon milonga, I had no idea what kind of venue and dance I would encounter.

Although I did not stay the whole milonga–I needed to get to the airport– I was able to get  a   general  impression of the milonga. Here is my quick review.

Name: CI Tango; City: Lima; Date: May, 2018

Location-(3.5). It was located in a downtown business district. Public transportation was available. Organization-(3.5). Cozy local milonga; all members are familiar with each other. Entrance fee– 25 Soles. Ambiance-(3.0). Good lighting, seats arranged around the room. Floor-(3.0), Wood floor with some minor gaps/holes.  Relatively small dance floor DJ-(4.5). Good danceable music, traditional with various musicality tandas. Dance-(3.0). Few good dancers; mostly average; a few couples were in practice mode. During my early stay, there were twenty plus dancers.

Overall- (3.5). If one needs to dance on Sunday afternoon and don’t mind mingling with practicing couples,  it is a small, cozy venue to dance tango. Going with a partner would be helpful.