It goes without saying that the best time to visit southern Spanish gem of Seville is now! Seville was chosen Lonely Planet`s best city in 2018 thus here’s how to make the most of your weekend stay in the Andalusian capital.
With so much to see and do in Seville, it may be a challenge fitting it all in. Here are some tips to make the most of your time and get the most out of your trip. Visit the city’s old town to explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz area and the breathtaking Alcázar Palace. Feel the atmosphere on the banks of the Guadalquivir. Admire the city views from the ancient cathedral tower (la Giralda) and Parasol Metropol.
Go to the city’s newest viewpoint, the Metropol Parasol, called “las setas” (“the mushrooms”) by locals because of its original shape (setasdesevilla.com, admission €2). It is the largest wooden structure in the world towering over Plaza de la Encarnación.
El Rinconcillo Bar on c/ Gerona, 40 is a must. It was established in 1670 which means that it is one of the oldest Tapas bars in Seville. A perfect place to enjoy your first traditional Spanish meal here. It is a place to either hang out at the bar or enjoy a more formal occasion sat within the restaurant. Open from 1 pm to 1.30 am.
Start your day with a cultural visit to one of the most famous Seville´s attractions. The Real Alcázar is a royal palace built for the Christian king Peter of Castile. To enter there you should queue up in the morning before the crowds come out in force. It gets busy in the height of Summer. Make sure that you take your camera since the views are breathtaking! The Real Alcazár was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987, along with Seville’s cathedral and the Archivo de Indias building.
Next to the Cathedral, on c/Fernández y González 36 y 38, there is Taberna Los Coloniales. Make sure you arrive on time because it gets really busy quickly and you need to put your name on a list in order to enjoy your food. Prices are really good for the quality and amount of food served.
Once you fill your stomach you should see the Cathedral, which is a calling card of the city. It is the largest cathedral and third largest church in the world. Its construction, which takes up the equivalent of several city blocks, started in 1401 and continued for over a hundred years. You can´t forget climbing up the Giralda. Cathedral’s bell tower of 104.1 m perfect to admire a panoramic view of the city centre.
Next, get lost in the alleyways of Santa Cruz and visit the Murillo Gardens. The neighbourhood of Santa Cruz is also referred to as “la judería,”. This area in the heart of the city is a great place to come across picturesque plazas and streets. After roaming Santa Cruz, go towards the Murillo Gardens. Take in the scenery of the gardens by sitting on a tiled bench. Make sure you have the map of the city since the city centre is a true maze.
Relax and have your dinner in Levies restaurant on c/ San Jose 15. Traditional Spanish cuisine. Simply said: good food at good prices. You should try typical paella, pork meat or gazpacho to feel Seville with all senses.
To finish your day off go to a flamenco show. Next to the restaurant, there is a place called Carboneria. At about 10 pm you can enjoy the show. Grab a big pitcher of Sangria (a whole Liter is only about 9 euros!) and feel the music.
Sundays progress hedonistically and slowly in Seville so the key to getting the most out of them is to not plan too much. For a leisurely morning, head to one of the city’s most attractive public spaces Plaza de España. Built-in 1928 in preparation for Seville’s hosting of the Ibero-American fair of 1929. This vast, half-moon building showcases the blend of neo-Moorish and Renaissance Revival styles that is distinctive of many structures in Seville. Overlooking these beautiful buildings is a vast plaza surrounded by a moat, on which you can enjoy some gentle boating before lunch.
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