Monday, 31 July 2017

24 hours in Seville

Whilst in the south of Spain, perhaps enjoying the beaches or Marbella, or the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, why not include a day in Seville

The capital of Andalucía is blessed with studding architecture, food and is even the home of flamenco!

Here’s our guide to the perfect 24 hours in Seville.

Hola Seville!

Start the day early to enjoy the cooler weather if visiting in the summer, and grab breakfast at one of the café’s around Calle San Pablo. If you can stomach churros at this time of day, get them from the Churros Y Patatas hole in the wall.

After, stroll towards Plaza Nueva and the winding streets to the north, before refreshing yourself with some gelato from Plaza del Salvador whilst enjoying the view of the church.

Next, head south towards the Giralda and Seville Cathedral and take time to enjoy their beauty and architecture. If you’re lucky enough to head the bells of the Giralda ring, you’re in for a treat!

Time for lunch? 

Check the queue for the Real Alcazar at the Lion gate, and if it’s stretching any longer that the end of the wall, bee line to Plaza de Alianza for a tasty lunch overlooking the fountain. On your way you’ll pass a cute ceramic shop which is great for authentic Andalucían style kitchen wares, so do your souvenir shop here.

After you’ve satisfied your tummy, join any line for the Real Alcazar, being sure to top up your water bottle, and re-apply sun screen. I’d recommend allowing 1-2 hours to explore the palaces and gardens which are one of Seville’s main attractions and a real contrast to so many of the architectural styles found around Europe. The North African influence is staggering and beautiful, and if the basis for much of the styles around the rest of southern Spain.

If you’re still on your feet afterwards, make for Plaza de Espana; a wide semi-circular space with ceramic tiling and a big fountain which was used as a filming location for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Seville by night

Seville is the home of flamenco, but is also home to some amazing restaurants. Eslava boasts some of the best tapas in the city and despite its modest decoration will be full from opening so be prepared to book or get your name on the list asap. The ribs, egg on boletus cake, and manchego cheese ice cream all come highly recommended!

Tata Pila offers a contemporary Andalucian and French inspired menu, as well as a delicious wine list. This popular local spot is a real treat with a great vibe and we loved the mushroom and truffle croquettes and beef tenderloin!

Great – now I’m hungry.