A Tourist Guide To Sevilla

A Tourist Guide To Sevilla



Coming to​ Seville is​ like seeing Spain on parade.

Tapas. Flamenco. Bullfighting. Art. Poetry. Pottery. Architecture. Style. History. Cervicitas!* it​ is​ all here – in​ splendour.

Seville , in​ the southern Spanish region called Andalusia , is​ what many people describe as​ “the most Spanish of​ all Spanish cities”. it​ was home to​ Carmen and Don Juan and boats grand plazas, sculptured gardens and flowerbox-filled balconies. Walking through Seville ’s impossibly narrow, cobblestone streets you can look up at​ any moment and gape at​ pink-turreted churches, ever-present, resplendent tiles, and hosts of​ other visual treats that are the legacy of​ both Moorish and Colonial architecture.

A city that closes down between the hours of​ 2 and 5 pm , it​ makes the perfect holiday destination. Why? Because in​ Seville , it​ is​ impossible to​ do anything for 3 hours everyday except relish in​ two of​ the living arts the Spanish have perfected: eating and enjoying life. if​ you stay long enough it​ will not be long until you hone the enjoying life art to​ the even finer art of​ taking an​ afternoon nap. (Ah, the siesta! a​ joy heinously ignored by the majority of​ the world).

WHERE to​ STAY

‘ El centro ’, the historical centre of​ the city, is​ where the beer and tapas forever flow and where you will feel compelled to​ live half your life socialising in​ the street like all the immaculately dressed locals.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Seville is​ tapas bar heaven. Here is​ a​ selection worth checking out:

Coloniales – famous for large, cheap tapas. Very popular spot, you might even meet someone!

La Alameda is​ the local word on the place to​ go for night life in​ this city. La Alameda is​ actually a​ small, tree-filled area which is​ full of​ bars and people. Any night of​ the week is​ a​ good night here. La Madrasa on Calle P Mencheta is​ the pick of​ places in​ this area for tapas.

FOOD MUST TRIES

You are in​ Spain , so repeat after me: 1) I am not afraid of​ oil, or​ anything (and everything) fried in​ it. 2) I will not get hungry for lunch before 2 or​ 3 pm , nor for dinner until 11pm . When you finally do get to​ eat, two fabulous factors are in​ your favour. One, the food is​ not expensive and two, the Spanish love food. Try the local, Sevillano specialties like mojama (dried tuna fish known as​ ham of​ the sea) and salmorejo (thick gazpacho). And, of​ course, the classic, Spanish Tortilla.

MUST SEES

* Real Alcázar. This enchanting building was a​ fortress from the Muslim-era and later changed hands to​ become the home of​ Christian royalty for many centuries. Today the gardens, tapestries and varied architecture remain some of​ Seville ’s most appealing treasures.

* Plaza de España. a​ truly spectacular plaza, equal with any in​ the country. it​ was the centrepiece of​ the 1929 Spanish-Americas Fair and is​ an​ arc of​ tiled glory and historic handwork. Across the tree-lined road from the plaza is​ the enchanting Parque de María.

* a​ Flamenco Show. Seville is​ one of​ the legendary homes of​ flamenco. You can opt for a​ tourist-geared spectacular or​ a​ more intimate café setting. Recommended spectacular: El Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos.Recommended café: La Casa del Carmen

* Cathedral and the Giralda. The cathedral is​ the largest Gothic building in​ the world and the pride of​ Seville . The emblem of​ Seville is​ the Giralda, the weathercock that sits atop the Cathedral. You can climb the Giralda, which is​ in​ the form of​ a​ woman representing Faith, for spectacular city views.

* Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza Museum (Seville’s Bullring). This is​ one of​ the oldest bullrings in​ Spain . Check out the museum and definitely see a​ bullfight if​ possible.

* Museo de Bellas Artes ( Museum of​ Fine Art ) is​ categorised as​ a​ major worldscale museum and considered to​ house some of​ the greatest paintings in​ all of​ Spain .

In Seville , the spirit of​ Spain engulfs you. When I visited I felt naked without a​ flamenco frock on and pair of​ castanets in​ my hand. in​ this city, Spain ’s famous flavours are things very difficult to​ resist. And why on earth would you want to?

ENJOY!

* Cervecita: a​ social little glass of​ beer taken either at​ lunch or​ at​ dinner, or, delightfully, at​ both.




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