Seville has been on my hit list for a long time.
So when Ryan Air started flying there from our local airport, I booked us a break quicker than you can say ‘make mine a cava’.
Here are my tips on how to have a wonderful weekend in the Andalusian capital.
Where to hang out
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana was one of the highlights of our trip.
There’s a little canal where you can hire boats (we did this early in the morning and were the only ones rowing in the sunshine – bliss!) and a huge park with lots of different fountains and landscaping to wander around.
One of our favourite parts were the tiled benches depicting different Spanish cities. They show major events in Spanish history – mainly various battles and conquests against the moorish occupation!
Las Setas (the mushrooms) is the nickname for the Metropol Parasol, a huge wooden structure built in one of Seville’s squares.
It has a walkway with stunning city views, and of course you can get a sangria to enjoy the view with too (keep your ticket and they’ll even give you money off).
What to see
Casa de los Pilatos
Although relatively pricey (8 euro) to get in, I’d recommend a visit. It was one of the quieter sites we went to, and I really enjoyed sitting in the peaceful courtyard and the garden.
There’s somewhere to see Flamenco almost on every corner, but we pre-booked an intimate show at Casa de la Memoria.
The singer looked like he was going to start crying, and the dancers were furiously stamping about all over the shop (Strictly, if you need a new Len Goodman – I’m here).
Seville is the home of Flamenco, so you have to see a show!
The Moorish-meets-Spanish palace Real Alcazar is the premier site in Seville, and it doesn’t disappoint.
It draws the crowds, but they were mostly confined to a few bottlenecks. In the gardens especially you can find some lovely peaceful corners.
It’s like a tardis right in the middle of the city, with a huge labyrinth of impressive tiled rooms, courtyards and gardens to admire.
I’ve seen my fair share of cathedrals but Seville’s is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, so we decided to go in.
I must say it is mighty impressive inside, and you can see Christopher Columbus’ tomb, which is pretty cool.
Where to eat and drink
Bar Pelayo was a fantastic restaurant with friendly service and delicious food. We liked it so much we went back for lunch on our final day.
We had the best jamon, croquettes, lots of seafood and some deep-fried camembert, all washed down with plenty of local wine and Sevillian gin.
Umami serves innovative, modern tapas like anchovies on brioche and zingly little Mexican tacos. Go here if you want to try something new.
Find a nice spot by the river with a view of Torre del Oro, and have a drink. The perfect way to end your Andalusian adventure!