Spain Coverage Continues with Sun and Sangria in Seville
Like the other cities in Spain we have featured, Seville is steeped in centuries of powerful history, serving as the maritime capital of the colonial world during the 16th century and currently as the modern day capital of Andalusia. If you’ve come to Spain to soak in some sun, sip sangria, watch a flamenco show, or see a bullfight, then you’ve come to the right place.
Where to Eat:
La Moneda– $ hotel management took us here, it’s a locals only spot as evidenced by their lack of menus in English and sangria (they will laugh at you if you try to order it) but the food is fantastic. Get the teeny tiny claim
El Galinero de Sandra-$ about a 15 minute walk from the cathedral. Fantastic lunch spot, no reservations required usually, get your hotel to book them just in case. Ceviche
Eslava– $$ this is slightly off the beaten path (about 10 minutes walking from the cathedral) but it is well worth it. There are two options to choose from- a no reservations more casual tapas nook that gets packed by 7PM (remember dinner in Spain is 9:30/10) so get there early, and a more formal sit-down michelin-caliber restaurant that requires reservations. You won’t need any recommendations because everything is good, but they are known for their slow boiled egg in both locales.
Tribeca– $$$ this is a fancy place that is well off the tourist track and requires some knowledge of spanish.
Where to stay:
Palacio Bucarelli: We received an invitation to be the first official guests at this wonderful-16th century-palace-turned-boutique hotel before they opened. The experience was unreal. Did you know that in order to be considered a palace your residence needs to take up a full square city block? Spacious rooms with your very own rooftop jacuzzi, delicious breakfast brought to your door, amazing linens and soaps. We will feature more about this locale in a separate post.
What to see:
Seville is awesome because it’s small enough where you don’t need a plan but big enough to get lost in. Right in the center there are three big sites all next to each other that are must-dos: The alcazar (fortress), the cathedral, and the Jewish quarter.
We recommend walking through the Jewish Quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz/ la judería) for particularly pretty buildings and picturesque alleys and plazas. The Alcazar is stunning and cannot be missed; buy tickets online to avoid the queue.
THERE WILL be lines and you don’t want to miss out on all of the Game of Thrones selfie spots! There’s also the cathedral directly across the street which is the third largest church by volume after the Vatican and St. Paul’s in London,so it’s worth taking the full tour. Oh Columbus is buried there…. You can get tickets in advance as well there. If you’re up for a climb, the top of the Cathedral yields pretty views, there aren’t any stairs, just ramps so they could get horses up to the top and back.
Depending on what time of year you decide to visit Seville, the weather will impact your trip in some capacity. In the spring the orange blossoms will be in full swing, and you’ll get some of the amazing scents of those trees. Winters are cooler and wet and the summers are HOT. Consider yourself warned. There are many other sites outside of big three we suggested.
Plaza de Espana was built for an old World’s Fair and has some lovely tile work and fountain. it is also adjacent to Parque Maria Louisa which is also really beautiful and another place I recommend checking out, it has been featured in movies.
If you want some intense culture, you should see a bull fight. When the bullfighters are good, it looks relatively painless. If you don’t want to see a bullfight but you want to be exposed to the custom, you can take a tour of the Plaza de Toros. It’s one of the most famous bull arenas in Spain. It’s right by the river and the famous Torre de Oro. Check it out at night when it’s all lit up.
Getting around Seville? Take this great electric bike tour. We found it very helpful when exploring the city, and it will get you across the river.