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Seville

Our favourite destination (so far)!
 

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Seville is an authentically Spanish city where culture is on every single corner. They truly embrace their heritage, so when you walk through the city centre you are constantly in awe of the architecture and atmosphere that fills every street. If you’re looking for a beachy holiday where you’ll find a full English breakfast in every bar and don’t have to speak a word of Spanish, Seville probably isn’t the place for you.


The city is packed full of tiny tapas bars and bodeguitas, where tourists and locals alike are welcomed for wine and traditional Andalusian food. This is our favourite city of all time - if you keep reading you’ll find out why!


A gothic cathedral with two palm trees in front of it
Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede

Patrimonio - Seville takes pride in its culture, the whole city is branded with their emblem NO8DO - meaning “She has not abandoned me”. The cathedral stands tall over the city, with the spire reaching heights of 105m. This cathedral, like many others in Andalusia, was originally a mosque until it was rebuilt in its current Gothic style in 1401. It’s an absolutely stunning building, and one that takes your breath away even when you walk past for the seventh time that day!




There are too many amazing heritage sites in Seville to list in this short post - from the beautiful Plaza de España, where every region of Spain is named and shown in tiled artwork, to La Maestranza, the oldest bullring in Spain, where you can still witness a traditional Spanish bullfight. These can apparently be quite gory - we didn’t see it because I was concerned I’d cry when the bull died! If you feel strongly about animal cruelty, it’s probably not the best activity.


Andalusia is also the home of flamenco, so if you are at all interested in this incredibly intense and expressive style of dance, definitely head to a free Flamenco show at Plaza de España or book yourself in at a specialised flamenco bar or theatre for the full experience. We watched this flamenco show at the theatre and loved it!


Typical tapas - Seville is a city not to be missed for foodies! There are tapas bars on every corner, beautiful restaurants and rooftop bars with the most spectacular views. If you want to try an authentic Sevillian dish, we would definitely recommend carrillada. We tried this on the first day of our trip and didn’t stop ordering it after that! It’s a slow-cooked pork’s cheek in a thick, gravy-like sauce. My mouth is literally watering just writing about it!


The patatas bravas in Seville are also to die for. Most restaurants serve all of their dishes in either a tapas (very small portion), medio (half plate) or plato (full plate - enough for a full meal). You might think of cheese and wine as a french delicacy, but manchego paired with a sweet white wine is a mouth-watering combination in the tapas bars of Seville!

A plate of meat, chips and padron peppers
Carrillada (pork cheek) with fries and padron peppers


A river with a bridge at sunset
Puente de Isabel II - the bridge that connects Triana to Sevilla

Triana: the other side of the river - Whilst in Seville, make sure to head over the river to the neighbourhood of Triana. It’s a part of Seville that is sometimes missed off of people’s list, but a great area to get a true feel of the local culture. You can visit Mercado de Triana to browse fresh fruit, fish, meat and small tapas bars within this indoor market. The tapas bars in Mercado de Triana were some of the only places we spotted selling orange wine (vino de naranja) - which is another Sevillian speciality. The walk along the bank of the river is so peaceful in comparison to the very lively streets, generally filled with locals on their way to or from work.


If you want to explore even further, you could also venture out of the city by train and visit other destinations such as Cadiz or take a day trip to Ronda, to soak in as much Spanish culture as you can on your trip.


Honestly, there’s not really anything we would change about Seville. From sitting by the river at sunset to packed-full days of exploring the huge range of parks and gardens, we loved every second in this city. The great food, wine and cocktails certainly help too!


Embrace Spanish culture and explore Seville - we’re sure you won’t regret it. Make sure you read our Seville checklist if you're thinking of visiting one day, or just want more insight into what a trip to Seville would be like, it covers all of the best things to do in the city in much more detail!


Additional information:


Getting there: Seville is easily accessible by air, with direct flights from many major cities around the UK. There is a short, public bus to and from the city centre from the airport. Seville is also easily accessible by train or coach from major cities in Spain and surrounding countries.

Visas: Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit Spain for a stay of up to 90 days.

Currency: The currency of Spain is the Euro.

Language: The official language of Spain is Spanish, but English is widely spoken.

Time zone: Spain is in the Central European Summer Time, usually an hour ahead of the UK.


Ready to go?

- Search for somewhere to stay in Seville on Expedia here

- Look for things to do in Seville with GetYourGuide here

- Read our Seville Checklist post for our recommendations of the best things to do here










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