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Seville, The Perfect City Break.

Jan 23, 2012  Seville - my favourite City.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

How to enjoy this City at it's best.
Romance, Culture, Cuisine, History, Sunshine. Sevilla has it all - and more. (for more information i.e. exact opening times and holy week/feria dates, the tripadvisor Seville Forums are a good way to keep up to date.

Seville is most definitely, a worthy rival to the more famous City break destinations in Spain, it may not have the Sea, like Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia or Palma.
It may not be the Capital Llike Madrid. But if Seville lacks fame it makes up for that on almost every other level.

You don't need to love Spain, or it's Culture to fall in love with this vibrant and exciting City. Seville is phenomenal.

There is a Spanish word - 'DUENDE' which could be used to describe this City. Duende might be the intangeable feeling and passion that Seville, Andalucia and her people posess. The word does not translate into English, but I think maybe it is connected to the inexplicable way we feel when we are carried away in the heat of the moment - say, by music or art.

You may not understand it but you will feel it in Seville.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Seville
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Seniors, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Simon Hotel
    Simon Hotel, Seville, Province of Seville

    Unpretentious, charming and affordable, The Simon is lovely. An atmospheric Hotel -my favourite in Seville. A great location, Central, and within walking distance of major sight seeing musts - i.e. Cathedral, Alcazar, Barrio Santa Cruz, shopping, Bull ring, River, Maria Luisa Park etc.
    Tip; Breakfast at the Simon - although cheap, is not good, but no problem just walk a few yards along to the cafe on the corner instead (Horno san Buenaventura) it is fab.

  • 2. Alfonso XIII Hotel
    Alfonso XIII Hotel, Seville, Province of Seville
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    Avg price: $516

    A beautiful Hotel, a harmonious blend of Art Nouveau/Art Deco/Moorish styles - built in honour of the 1929 exhibition. Unfortunately, the standard of service and attention to detail have suffered somewhat since it was taken over by a huge chain and sadly much of it's individuality has been lost. However, if you must have Luxury and you are a fan of Grand architecture, you should still love The Alfonso, but it doesn't come cheap.
    I still love staying at the Alfonso, but since the Starwood group took over, I actually prefer the little, budget, Hotel Simon.
    Tip; Visit for an evening drink from the bar inside the Hotel - or from the Hotel's Baronial lodge style bar (Bar Alfonso, which can also be accessed from the street) to the right of the main entrance.
    NOTE; I haven't been to the Hotel since it was renovated in March 2012. I only hope that this was sympathetically carried out so that the Character of this landmark is retained.

  • 3. Corral del Agua
    Corral del Agua, Seville, Province of Seville

    We always come to eat here when we are in Seville, and although the courtyard is particularly romantic at night - I recommend lunch instead. The Restaurant is just as pretty by day and the service and food is better too.

    Tip; Stick to the classics from the menu i.e. Rabo De Toro (Ox Tail, slow cooked in red wine) and you won't be disappointed.

  • 4. Antigua Taberna de Las Escobas Restaurante
    Antigua Taberna de Las Escobas Restaurante, Seville, Province of Seville

    Great reasonably priced Tapas, and a good wine list. We've spent many an evening here.

    Tip; As with any other City, things do change, and what may have been a great Restaurant last week, could be a rotten one the next. My rule for Tapas is; if you like the look of what the other diners are eating, and the place is busy - go ahead and order a dish or two. If you like it order more, if not - move on.

  • 5. Historico Horno San Buenaventura
    Historico Horno San Buenaventura, Seville, Province of Seville

    Great place for coffee, breakfasts or a toasted sarnie with Serrano ham and cheese. They also have a long counter with a mouth watering array of sticky, cakey, chocolatey treats to choose from.

  • 6. Taberna del Alabardero (H. Alabardero)
    Taberna del Alabardero (H. Alabardero), Seville, Province of Seville

    Great place to come for a special Dinner. Old school Sevilliano dining at it's best. The building and dining rooms are beautiful.

    Tip; The 'Palm court' style cafe on the ground floor is the place to be for afternoon tea.

  • 7. Dona Maria
    Dona Maria, Seville, Province of Seville
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    Avg price: $178

    Even though I've not stayed at this Hotel, I do recommend an evening drink or two on it's lovely little roof top terrace. Order a drink from it's bar, watch the Sun go down and see the Giralda tower by night, then go on for Dinner or Tapas elsewhere. - Fantastic.
    Tip; If your'e unsure - ask at reception if its OK, they don't seem to mind. We usually just get into the lift and go straight up to the roof.

  • 8. Barrio Santa Cruz
    Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Province of Seville

    No trip to Seville is complete without a trip to the delightful Santa Cruz area, its magical and full of charm (unfortunately it is also full of us tourists and huge groups of day tripping cruise shippers up from Cadiz)

    Tip; make sure you come either early, or late if you want to avoid the throngs. Evenings are best in my opinion. Forget your map, have a wander, get lost and look out for a Restaurant or bar that is popular with locals, as well as visitors. Then stay for a leisurely drink and some Tapas.

  • 9. Alcazar

    A Fabulous palace, with stunning gardens - truly Magical. And one of the great things about staying in Seville is that you can choose your time to visit the Alcazar.
    Tip; go first thing, at opening time. Get yourself a hand held information unit (available from ticket office) and why not take a cool bag picnic for a lunch later on (we usually grab some delicious treats from the Horno San Buenaventura on the way there). Marvel in the wonder of the Alcazar itself first. Then, when all the coach loads start dropping in - decamp to the gardens and find a quieter spot for a lazy lunch. (a bottle of wine helps)

  • 10. Calle Sierpes
    Calle Sierpes, Seville, Province of Seville

    The two main shopping streets run closely parallel to one another. Calle Sierpes (street of snakes) is the more busy of the two. Great for Fashion clothing, and shoes, also traditional Flamenco shoes, mantillas, fans and costumes. You will also find a staggering choice of Wedding dresses for sale here.
    The Department store - Corte Ingles is also woth a visit, it's not in the same street, but close to the quieter end of Sierpes - in Plaza Del Duque.
    Tip; Corte Ingles has a great Supermarket in the basement, with an up-market Spanish fine food and wine section and florist.
    NOTE; Many of the smaller shops are closed on Sundays.

  • 11. Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa)
    Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa), Seville, Province of Seville

    Spetacular buildings and pleasant park for a respite from the city heat.
    Tip; If you take a carriage ride you will pass through and get the opportunity to see a little of the Park and the Plaza de Espana building closeby.

  • 12. Casa de Pilatos
    Casa de Pilatos, Seville, Province of Seville

    Wonderful little place, every view could be a work of art. Quiet Gardens filled with abundant flowers and walls covered in intricate Azulejo tiles.

    Tip; Casa De Pilatos is a fair walk from the Cathedral and Sata Cruz area, so maybe stop for Tapas on the way there.

  • 13. Horse and carriage ride

    Many Cities offer the obligatory carriage rides. It really is worth taking the carriage from the Cathedral square at the beginning of your trip to acquaint yourself with Seville's landmarks and layout.

    Tip; Ask the price first, and if there are only two of you - why not team up with another couple to share the cost.

  • 14. Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)
    Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla), Seville, Province of Seville

    A truly stunning building of massive and awe inspiring proportions and architecture. Be sure to take your time and study the little details that you might otherwise miss (both outside and the interior). You may be lucky enough to be there at the same time as a ceremony (the Cathedral sometimes remains open to visitors during Mass) and the swinging of the Botafumeiro (incense carrier) is a treat for the senses.
    Tip; Be quiet and respectful and don't take photos during Mass.
    I've visited at various times of the day and its never felt crowded.

  • 15. Giralda Tower
    Giralda Tower, Seville, Province of Seville

    Incorporated into the Cathedral this tower was once part of a mosque. It is very like the Koutoubia tower in Marrakech,(reputedly they had the same Architect) and the Hassan tower in Rabat. The tower was built with ramps instead of steps, so that the Muezzin could ride to the top to make the call to prayer. You might wish you had a horse too because it's a bit of a strain on the backs of the legs to climb to the top - worth it for the great view though.
    Tip; Visit soon after opening time to avoid the crowds. A word of advice for girls - dont wear high heels.

  • 16. Plaza de Espana
    Plaza de Espana, Seville, Province of Seville

    Built for the 1929 Exhibition, this beautiful building and Plaza, pay homage the Moorish History of the City. Each of the alcoves which line the vast semi-circular Plaza represent the individual Provinces of Spain. Each is different and richly decorated and tiled. The building is now partially used as Government offices, the rest seems to be a home to feral pigeons (but don't let this put you off)
    Tip; Avoid a midday visit as it can be scorching here.

  • 17. Santa Semana (Easter Holy Week)

    Do it at least once - If you can take it............By this I refer to the wholly draining experience (both financially, physically and emotionally) for this is what you will have to put up with, if you decide to come to Seville for Holy Week.
    Santa Semana is an event of great importance in Seville. An indescribable commitment to Catholicism on a monumental scale. Vast processions shuffle through the City, to the mournful sounds of the brass band and drums.To the the first time onlooker this can be overwhelming. I find it a solemn yet uplifting sight.
    The Hotel rates can triple and the best ones are likely to be booked up a year in advance.
    Tip; I have no tips for this experience - just go with it.

  • 18. Feria de Abril (April Fair)

    The Feria de Abril takes place shortly after Semana Santa, and is the exact opposite of solemn - A celebration of life and joy. The Sevillianos dress up to the nines in their Flamenco finery, riding horses through the streets, drinking, merry making and partying day and night. You will need plenty of stamina (even if you are only watching the proceedings from a distance)
    Tip; as above, and same goes for Hotels too.