Seville is a place to savour. In a post I wrote for another site (You can read the full version here), I share my pick of Seville after spending five special weeks in the Spanish city.
Easing into Seville
A ride in one of the many beautiful horse and carriages will orient you as you are taken past the main sights in comfort. Or enjoy a beer (cerveza) or vino tinto (red wine) and tapas at one of the many bars. A rooftop evening drink at Hotel Eme provides wonderful night time views of the Giralda and Cathedral. Break from sightseeing to experience the luxurious Arab baths.
A touch of History
A highlight of a visit to Seville is climbing the Giralda tower of the Cathedral for views across the city. The beautiful Cathedral also houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Lining up for the Royal Alcazar Palace can be avoided by booking online. After viewing the magnificent halls take a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
Don’t miss the ceramic tilework of the Plaza de España. The 48 alcoves each house a ceramic tiled tableau from a Spanish province.
Follow local advice and attend a flamenco show at Los Gallos. It is more expensive than other shows but well worth the additional cost with a range of dance styles and music.
A visit to the Plaza de Toros is one way to see the bull fighting stadium without attending a bull fight if you (like me) are against the “sport”.
Wander the aisles at Triana market where you can attend a paella cooking class. Window shopping is a pleasure as the window displays are beautiful. I especially enjoy the children’s clothing stores. Stroll down Calles Sierpes and Tetuan for another shopping experience.
Slightly more upmarket than the usual bars, El Pinton, Azotea (there are a few branches) and Bar La Eslava have interesting, tasty tapas menus. Asking the waiter for suggestions makes things easier. For fabulous Northern Spanish pinchos, try Bar Sagardi.
Stop by La Cantina, outside Mercado Feria for chiperones (baby squid) and tortellitas de camerones (shrimp fritters).
One word of warning – Seville is very hot in summer. Try to plan your trip in spring or autumn to enhance the experience of a vibrant city loved by locals and tourists alike.