If you want to visit Spain, there’s probably nowhere more quintessentially Spanish than Seville. Forget the Costa del Sol, or too-cool-for-school Barcelona. You want warm, orange blossom scented air, incredible food, and to flamenco the night away. When you visit Seville, you have to immerse yourself in their beautiful culture, drink cervecita, eat cured ham, and dance like it’s in your blood. Here’s how you can plan your perfect Seville city break.
Plan a historical tour
Its history stretches as far back as the Romans, Seville has enough history and culture for the entirety of Spain. It has gone through occupation after occupation, leaving an incredible mix of architectural styles, from Catholic cathedrals to Moorish minarets, and an incredible mixing pot of culture. When you’re there, a walking tour of the major historical sights is a great way to take it all in. And if it’s all a bit too much, get a horse and cart to take you the rest of the way!
Travel down the river
The beautiful river Guadalquivir runs through the middle of Seville, and the banks are great for a lazy afternoon stroll. If you’re up for something more energetic, why not sign yourself up onto a kayak tour and see the bridges from underneath, as well as the stunning architectural skyline from a whole new perspective?
Don’t miss the Lonja de Feria food market
Like everywhere else in Spain, they’re pretty crazy about their food – it defines the cultures of each part of the country, and is something they’re truly passionate about. Just like other major Spanish cities, Seville has an amazing market that any foodie would go mad for. Filled with stalls selling paella, gazpacho, croquettes, squid ink rice, cured meats, and sweet treats, you could lose hours and gain pounds quite easily in there.
Flamenco the night away
The fiery passion of the people of Seville is illustrated perfectly by their local dance. Authentic flamenco clubs (not the touristy tablaos) make the perfect evening entertainment. Clubs with outdoor courtyards filled with warm, orange scented air make for truly romantic evenings, with good wine and great food too. If you’re in Seville around just after Easter, you might be lucky enough to catch Feria de Abril de Sevilla – the April Fair. This is basically six days of drinking, flamenco dancing, bullring entertainment, and fairground rights, and an absolute must for any lovers of Spanish culture.
Always plan ahead
It’s a good idea to know what you want to see and when you’re going to go before you even set off, that way you can be sure you’re not going to miss out on any of the incredible sights and flavors the city has to offer. In Seville it is wise to book your airport transfer before you travel – Seville airport to city center isn’t far – as flagging street taxis down can be tricky in Spain.
Seville is the quintessential passionate, beautiful, hot Spanish city, and it’s a true pleasure to explore the sights, sounds, and flavors.