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Guide to Seville

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 Introducing Seville

Sevilla tiene un color especial” – Seville has a special colour, so says the saying, and after a single visit to the capital of the south, you’re likely to be in agreement. It’s a city that simply oozes the romantic – the home of Bizet’s Carmen, the spiritual heartland of Flamenco and bullfighting, Seville is in many ways like walking into a stereotypical brainstrom of all things Spanish.

This is true, and Seville will undoubtedly tick all of your whitewashed building, siesta taking, sherry drinking fantasies – yet it is a far more complex beast than such superficialities. Fiercely proud of their city, Sevillanos are tribal within it. The city splits in many ways. Football wise  you’re either Sevilla or Real Betis. Icon wise, you’re either with the Virgin of the Macarena or Triana. You’re from one side of the river or the other. Seville has so many faces. At once home to some of the wealthiest aristocrats in Spain, it also suffers from grinding poverty and crime on it’s outskirts.

There can be few greater pleasures than taking a stroll around the Santa Cruz district of the city, through sun-soaked plazas edged by orange trees – delicately leaving their scent around every turn of the whitewashed laberinth. Losing yourself in Seville’s streets is like a journey through time and culture. From Moorish to Christian, the centre of Seville reveals itself as one that has lived through tumultuous, prosperous and diverse times – it is at once a modern player yet also a medina-like throwback.

There are things to see in the city other than the Giralda (the iconic tour pictured above) and the Cathedral. Undoubtedly stunning and worth anyone’s time, these symbols of a city’s past are remarkable, yet the canny visitor mustn’t overlook the now. What makes Sevilla special isn’t necessarily found in the main Plazas or monuments, but rather in the little known bars and streets, the overlooked districts and the out of the way attractions. To visit Sevilla and only see the big names would be like going to New York and only going up the Empire state building. To London and only seeing Big Ben. It’s not purely what the city is about – there is so much more to do.

Seville has dropped behind Valencia as the third most populous city in Spain, yet it still has the standing. As a place that encapsulates the Andaluz spirit and way of life, it is trying to get with the times. New, modern architectural structures are popping up in the city centre, and though Seville has long had a reputation for quality and class, new eateries, bars and shops are all adding to the feel that Seville is on the move. Add that to it’s mesmeric past, and Seville makes for a fascinating destination

Seville City Guide…Don’t Miss

  1. Wander the streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, taking in the old winding alleys and whitewashed, orange-tree filled plazas.
  2. Enter the Cathedral through the sumptous Patio de Los Naranjos and climb the Giralda, then cross the Plaza del Triunfo and visit the Alcazar (fortress).
  3. Cross over to Triana, on the other side of the river at night to catch an impromptu flamenco show.
  4. Discover the history of bullfighting at the Plaza de Toros (bullring) one of the oldest and most famous of it’s kind in Spain, then take a stroll around the historic Arenal area of the city
  5. Go to the Alameda de Hercules – Seville’s trendy, artistic area to get a feel for the hip side of the Andaluz capital.
  6. Head out at night to experience some Sevillano nightlife around Plaza Alfalfa and try the myriad of tapas on offer.
  7. Take a short trip down to the fabulous Andaluz coast at Cadiz or Huelva.

What to Eat and Drink in Seville

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Seville.

Jamon Iberico de Bellota – The king of hams, savour it, allow it to melt on your tongue. Heaven.

Gazpacho – the world famous refreshing tomato soup (always served cold)

Ternera a la Sevillana – Shredded beef with olives in a white wine drizzle

Aceitunas – The local olives are spectacular, bitter and dark.

Tapas – Seville is the heartland and spiritual home of tapas, take a stroll, look at the offerings and simply take your pick.

Fino – the world famous sherry from Jerez is served everywhere in the Andaluz capital.

Aguardiente – A strong liquor from Cazalla de la Sierra.

Where to Stay in Seville

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Reader’s Tips

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