The city of Seville is a plethora of rich history, scenic sights, fragrant orange trees, flamenco and endless tapas. It’s a beautiful gem and the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region well known for its history and food. With the holiday season right around the corner, we’ve proactively prepared the ultimate Seville Taste The City guide to help plan your next escape from the bustling city, internal turmoil over your next career move, and to get away from those nagging relatives who seem to be flabbergasted over your single status. If a vacation isn’t quite in your near future, we hope this travel guide will encourage you to envision all the tasty tapas and impromptu flamenco with a tall dark and handsome stranger who may or may not be joining you at next year’s family holiday feast. 😉
The Alcázar is truly a sight to see; explore the extensive and wondrous grounds that make up the palace. The opulent tilework, rows of archways leading you from one dramatic orange-fragrant garden to the next was enough to convince this editor to postpone her trip home to truly take in all that Seville has to offer.
Looks familiar? The Alcázar palace, specifically the Maidens Courtyard, was featured in Game of Thrones as the Water Gardens of Dorne but take it from us, it’s even more beautiful than you can imagine IRL.
After hours of exploration at the Alcázar, we can’t think of a better way to decompress than with a drink overlooking the city of Seville. Head over to the Metropol Parasol — locally known as las setas, translating to the mushrooms, because, guess what? It resembles a giant mushroom — just before sunset to take in the best views of the city. Added bonus: a three euro entrance fee will get you a drink and a postcard of the large wooden mushroom-like structure.
Location: Plaza de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am – 11pm; Fri + Sat 10am – 11:30pm
Ask any local and they’ll tell you that flamenco at Casa Anselma is hands down the most authentic. Run by a Boss Babe in her own right, Anselma is the matriarch of this establishment located in Triana just outside the old town of Seville. We couldn’t help but notice that Triana and this word-of-mouth flamenco experience felt much like a secret Brooklyn party — you don’t get the address to until hours before it begins. With no sign anywhere in sight, locals advise that you arrive at 11pm where Anselma will greet you, but be sure to arrive early because space is limited. Did we mention there’s no cover? Simply order a drink (or two) and enjoy flamenco at its finest.
Location: Calle Pagés del Corro 49, 41010 Sevilla, Spain
Hours: Mon-Sat 11pm – 4am
There’s something for everyone at La Brunilda Tapas. The long line may be a little intimidating, but it’s worth the wait. The ambiance and crowd are young and vibrant while the staff is charming and patient. Serving trendy dishes sure to satisfy your palate, we highly recommend ordering a little bit of everything from which is what tapas is all about!
Location: Calle Galera, 5, 41001 Seville, Spain
Hours: Tues – Sat 1pm – 4pm / 8:30pm – 11:30pm; Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm
Feast on fresh fish and shellfish caught daily, La Azotea offers an ever-changing menu of daily specials so no two experiences are quite the same. Come here for a truly unique dining experience.
Location: Calle Zaragoza, 5, Sevilla, Spain
Hours: Mon-Sun 1:30pm – 4:30pm / 8:30pm – 12am
Tucked away just walking distance from Seville Cathedral and The Alcázar, this is where we recommend you go H.A.M on the HAM! Serving up authentic tapas, the menu has an abundant variety of eats to choose from with staples such as jamón ibérico, tortilla de patatas, spinach with chickpeas and patatas bravas. Lastly, don’t forget to hydrate with a jug of sangria — because Spain.
Location: Calle García de Vinuesa, 11, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm – 4pm / 8pm-12am
We highly recommend staying in an Airbnb located in the old city of Seville, everything you’ll want to eat and see is within walking distance. However, if you’re looking to live your best life and who isn’t these days? We highly recommend going big with a stay at the Alfonso XIII Hotel. This iconic hotel was designed in the 1920s to host royal guests and Hollywood’s elite; the architecture is a mixture of traditional and modern Spanish styles. A stay at this luxurious establishment will run you an average of 250 euros/night. Located in the historic Santa Cruz neighborhood and a 10-minute walk from everything you’ve starred on your Google maps (thanks to the pointers above) you’re sure to have an enchanting experience in one of the most magical cities in Spain.
Location: San Fernando 2, 41004, Sevilla, Spain
Rate: Average 250 euro/nights
Written by Nalima Toure
Feature Image via CN Traveller