Baroque-style wonder, sparkling waterways and a plethora of cafes, restaurants and night-time haunts, Seville is Spain’s fashionable playground. Famed for flamenco and a stunning array of gothic architecture, this modern Spanish city is lively and eternally artistic.
When in Spain, begin with tapas. La Azotea has been praised as serving the best tapas in Seville, and with four locations there are a variety of locations each featuring excellent wine parings. Duo Tapas is a charming al fresco dining option for modern tapas on a stunning terrace. Situated in the Alameda area of Seville and scattered with fairy lights, this is a magical experience.
For an authentic Spanish experience visit Sol y Sombra, whose nostalgic interior is covered in old bullfighting posters in tribute to the cultural heritage of this city. The building itself was built circa 1861, and its evocative old-world charm is maintained with lantern lighting, rich wooden beams and traditional furniture.
For a romantic night out, eat atop the Torre de Oro (‘Gold Tower’) at the Abades Triana restaurant, with panoramic views of the Guadalquivir river and modern cuisine. Or, for a local choice, visit Dos de Mayo on the northern edge of Seville’s old town. This cosy tapas bar is a regular favourite for locals, where weekends invite energetic crowds to banter over delicious fresh seafood.
Despite the variety of sprawling riverside bars, a little botellón – ‘street drinking’ – on the banks of the Guadalquivir is a perfect way to experience the lifestyle of Seville while avoiding the crowded humidity of the city centre. A visit to the supermarket will provide an ample liquid picnic, and we recommend rebujito – a delicious mix of manzanilla sherry and lemonade, also the signature beverage of the Feria de Abril.
To experience the youthful liveliness of Seville, visit the Alameda de Hercules, a popular nightspot that features live jazz, open-mic, and a variety of gay bars and clubs open late into the night. At the Espacio Santa Clara, art exhibitions take place, and the plaza houses flamenco performances as well as a range of modern tapas bars serving ceviche and sushi.
For free-flowing sangria and an authentic flamenco evening, discover La Carboneria tucked away down the labyrinth of cobbled sidestreets. Meanwhile, El Rinconcillo, a historical restaurant, tavern and bodega, is an excellent café and bar and serves decadent Spanish specialties like gazpacho and local wine.
While the Cathedral is the largest gothic church in the world, the stunning palace of Alcazar is a gothic masterpiece built across the Middle Ages and is a gorgeous tribute to the merging architectural designs of the Moors and the Spanish Renaissance. The upper rooms are still in use by the royal family, and its design is breathtaking, with lush manicured trees, gold overlays and clear blue pools that lie within peristyle gardens.
Another iconic landmark is the Plaza de España, whose bright tiled alcoves and glowing fountains are reminiscent of the merging architectural styles of this unique city.
Finally, visit the Plaza de Toros and experience traditional bullfighting in Maestranza’s museum. This locale also has a library and contemporary art collection celebrating the rich cultural history of Seville. Finally, head to Santa Cruz – heart of historic Seville, where cobbled streets and romantic squares highlight the free spirit of the city and provide plenty of opportunities to stop for tapas or icy fruit granizados.