SUMMER IN SEVILLE
Having been on our (endlessly growing) bucket list for some time, we were so excited to finally visit the Spanish city of Seville!
We received an extremely warm welcome upon arrival, both in terms of the temperature and the lovely locals. We easily navigated our way from the airport to the city centre by bus, which took just under thirty minutes.
After checking into our hotel, we spent the afternoon meandering through the Old Town before engaging in an extensive decision making process as to which of the many tapas bars to visit. As is often the case, we ended up back at one of the first bars we encountered and enjoyed traditional ratatouille and a jug of sangria. This successfully prepared us for our afternoon siesta, a Spanish tradition to which we quickly became accustomed. We’re still trying to find a way to incorporate this indulgent routine back home in Australia!
Recharged and ready to hit the town, we followed a friend’s recommendation and headed to No Lugar Art Company Restaurant for dinner. Located slightly out of the city centre, we became more and more sceptical as we followed a preloaded map further from our accomodation. However, as soon as we walked in the door we couldn't have been more delighted. As suggested by its title, the architecture of this restaurant was incredible - imagine a New York loft decked out in Andalus decor. We ordered a bottle of Spanish red wine, Tamaral, and paired it with Pad Thai and Quesadillas. Extremely satisfied with this dining experience, we walked back to our hotel in agreement that we were going to love our time in this city.
Given our amazing food and wine experience already, we opted out of the hotel breakfast and found the perfect breakfast spot in the Old Town, Salt and Sugar. This cafe quickly became our morning ritual, providing homemade smoothies, delicious coffee and an expansive pastry selection.
We decided to kick off our list of tourist hot spots with Plaza de España, a magnificent landmark constructed in 1929. This location has free entry, so the only cost was renting a row boat (a must do!) for about €10. Plaza de España is located in María Luisa Park, which conveniently provided for a shady refuge in the 35 degree heat. With our books in-hand and some icy-cold water, we set up a picnic spot here and felt very much on vacation after an hour or so taking in the landmark.
We then ventured to El Pasaje Tapas Restaurant for a light lunch, but mostly to cool down under the misting fans. After perusing the menu of somewhat unfamiliar dishes we decided to let the waiter take charge of our order. Fortunately, he nailed it! We started with salmon bruschetta, tuna sashimi and the crowd favourite, patatas bravas. Oh, and of course 1L of sangria!
For dinner we visited Perro Viejo, an incredible restaurant which quickly stole the title as our favourite meal in Sevilla! In true Spanish style, we shared fish curry, prawn risotto, chicken steamed dumplings and the house red.
On our third day we decided to conquer the Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cathedral is particularly famous as it is widely accepted to be the location of Christopher Columbus’ tomb! We spent a few hours wandering the cathedral and learning more fun facts before exploring the surrounding shopping area. This is where you will find retail giants such as Zara, H&M and Mango.
We were later treated to the afternoon tea buffet at Hotel Casa 1800, a mansion-palace located in the historic centre of Seville. This boutique hotel has an amazing rooftop terrace with a large swimming pool which couldn’t have been more necessary in this city! This provided for the perfect afternoon chill before we decided to head out for the night!
If you’re searching for sunset drinks with an epic view, then EME Cathedral Rooftop Terrace is the bar for you! Though a little on the expensive side, it is definitely worth indulging in a cocktail/vino (or both), while overlooking the hustle and bustle of the Old Town and of course the iconic Seville Cathedral.
After a few delicious drinks at EME Rooftop and dinner at a nearby tapas bar (the name of which sadly escapes us), we were told from a Seville local to visit Bilindo Club. True to the Spanish lifestyle, the party appeared to begin at 2.00AM, so be sure to bear that in mind when planning your night out!
On our final day we decided to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alcázar of Seville. For those Game of Thrones fans - welcome to the Palace of Dorne! With audioguides in hand, we spent hours learning about and exploring this former royal palace. We couldn’t recommend visiting the Alcázar of Seville more - it is extremely rich in history with plenty to see and beautiful grounds to explore! Make sure you book online and in advance - we avoided it for the first few days as we saw people waiting in line under the sweltering sun for hours.
After spending many hours at this location, we fell into the comfort of a nearby Starbucks to recharge and start writing about this epic city! Feeling caffeinated, we embarked on a walk through the city and ended up crossing the Guadalquivir in Triana Casco Antiguo. There are some beautiful restaurants lining this river which are worth visiting!
For sunset drinks we were back in Santa Cruz and found one of our favourite bars - Manhattan. This location has it all - Spanish tunes, cocktails and amazing river views. With an early morning of travel ahead and having filled our day to the brim, we didn’t manage to fit much more into our stay here. Although, we would have loved to watch a Flamenco show! As is often the case, we’ll just have to start planning our next Spanish vacation!