Seville is a city you can keep coming back to, again and again. With a history stretching back over 2,000 years and one of Europe’s most vibrant arts and culture scenes, this city is just the place for those looking for a little truth and beauty along with their sunshine. Oh, did we mention the sunshine? Positioned in southern Spain, Seville enjoys more hours of sunshine each year than most European cities.Talk about the best of both worlds...
Where to go
Visit the stunning cathedral, with the striking tomb of Christopher Columbus. Wander through the timeless beauty of the Moorish Alcazar. Climb the medieval Giralda tower for spectacular views over the city. Now you’ve done this sights, time to shop! Seville is famous for its leather goods, so head down to Calle Sierpes, the major shopping strips or El Corte Ingles, a speciality department store, for the best the city has to offer, Enjoy the many museums that tell the story of Spain’s role as a world power. Take in a bullfight, if that’s your thing (it’s certainly an unforgettable experience!). Once you’ve had your culture fix, relax in a tapas bar in the El Arenal district with a delicious selection of Andalucian hams and seafood.
Food & Drink
Southern Spain’s cuisine displays traces of the Iberian Peninsula’s vibrant history. Paella is a gift of the Arabs, who ruled Southern Spain for centuries. Pork is a big, big deal here and you will come across it in sausages, ham and other delectable forms. Gazpacho, a cold soup is just the thing to eat on a hot summer’s day. For contemporary takes on Andalucian cuisine and a great view, we recommend Abades Triana (Calle Betis 69). To treat yourself to a taste of old Spain, you must try Taberna Del Alabardero (Calle Zaragoza 20) for classic, regal cooking and presentation.
Like much of Spain, Seville kicks off late and ends even later - you won’t be able to avoid the siestas being taken. As long as you’re here, why not live like the Spaniards? Rather than give any specific bars, we recommend the Calle Bettis, El Arenal, Alfalfa and Alameda districts for the many, many tapas bars and nightspots that line the streets, Don’t worry, these areas draw a hip, younger crowd - no tourist traps here.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a small, intimate boutique hotel close to the historic heart of the city, we think you can’t go past Corral del Rey.
Enjoy the plunge pool, dine at the in-house restaurant (with amazing views of the cathedral) and take advantage of the hotel’s private city guides. Similarly, the Casa Romana
hotel offers a luxury boutique experience close to the cathedral. Like the decor? Everything is for sale! We also highly rate the attentive, professional staff. Finally, for a country retreat with easy access to Seville, we recommend the Hacienda de San Rafael
. Mixing rustic charm with modern, contemporary design, this hotel has something for everyone. We know you will love the three pools, traditional restaurant and massages. How to get there
British Airways, TAP Portugal and Iberia fly direct to Seville from London daily.