A feast of senses in Sevilla

Posted on October 23, 2014

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Just back from a whirlwind tour of Seville and am still on a high so want to share what I found so utterly brilliant.

We were in Seville for 36 hours so I’m going to take you through it New York Times style…IMG_8341Arrive late on Friday night, check into the Hotel Hospes del Rey and go for Tapas at Rinconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville that write your tab on the bar in chalk.

On Saturday take a leisurely stroll around the old town, with a visit Real Alcazar and Cathedral both indoor.  If the weather is good enough, the gardens of Alcazar are impressive. As you get out take your right and walk around Barrio de Santa Cruz. Consider taking a course and cart, for the fixed rate of 45 euros. Make sure you don’t miss Plaza de Espana.

For lunch, go on a small tapas trail as follows:

Casa Román, Plaza de los Venerables in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz for Jamón Ibérico and manzanailla.

Restaurante La Azotea, Calle Mateos Gago, 8. for saquitos brick, pulpo parmentier and their amazing tuna.

If you are still hungry, Restaurante El Pasaje is delicious – the best tenderloin of pork I have ever tasted.

 

image6Then go and relax in the incredible Arab Baths. If you can, go up to the roof terrace and relax in the jacuzzi overlooking the cathedral – absolutely incredible.

Back to the hotel for a shower and change before heading to Flamenco at the Museo de Flamenco. I’ve been told this show is the ebst in town. It’s a show rather than a bar, in an old building with high ceilings and echos from the shoes and guitar. Flamenco always blows me away – such an emotional dance and these dancers are some of the best. Well worth it.

image1For dinner go to La Bodeguita at Plaza del Salvador for great atmosphere and traditional food (the huge plates of shell fish are divine). It is a tapas place but they have a restaurant on the first floor. If you want something more modern, Zelai  is a good option. Try the Rissotto and Tuna Tataky.

If you are in the mood, follow the locals to bars where you’ll find live music, a dance floor of flamenco moves and a great atmosphere.

On Sunday morning if you have time, go to Plaza del Museo, visit the art museum and check out the local painters who sell their work right there.

 

And here is the New York Times 36 hours in Seville, not quite as good of mine of course 😉

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