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An A-Z of what to do, where to stay & the best places to eat in Seville

Andalusia is a tropical paradise of swaying palms, incredible food, and of course, flamenco, but that’s not all this Spanish suntrap has to offer. Here's my guide of what to do, where to eat and which hotel to book if you're heading to Seville

A is for art

As well as some awesome galleries, check out the Museo Bellas Artes de Sevilla for some real Spanish masters, there’s also some pretty cool street art around, keep your eyes peeled to find gems like this and much more...

street art of boy sleeping in seville
Seville street art

B is for bull fights 

Not something to take part in, it's cruel beyond words but if you’re interested in architecture, the actual bullring with its baroque facade, dates back to 1762 and really is beautiful. Daily-guided tours of the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza start every 20 minutes.

C is for climate 

Seville is one of the warmest cities in Europe with a subtropical Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are the perfect times to visit as summer can get scorching hot.

D is for deserted parks 

They're everywhere! Grab a blanket and a book and head to one of the perfectly manicured spaces for some afternoon sun. Each one filled with bougainvillea, palm trees and pretty pathways.

One of Seville's pretty parks

E is for espresso

Sevillians love their coffee. Do it like the locals with a café con leche at breakfast and an espresso or cortado at midday. Everywhere you turn there are cute coffee shops lined with outdoor seating.

F is for flamenco

It’s got to be one of the most passionate forms of dance; the stomping, the swirling, the melodious music, and oh boy, those dresses! Andalucía is the home of flamenco, so a stop at the Museo del Baile Flamenco is a must.

female flamenco dancer spinning around at museo del bale flamenco
Flamenco show at Museo del Baile Flamenco

G is for Giralda Tower 

Climb to the top of this bell tower for stunning panoramic views of the whole city.

H is for Holy Week 

Known as ‘Semana Santa de Sevilla’, this huge festival happens in the week leading up to Easter every year. It’s great to see the processions of hooded, robed figures winding through the streets, grab a program to find out timings and routes before you head out and don’t forget to book accommodation well in advance, this time of year gets super busy.

I is for Italica 

Once an important center of Roman culture, this well preserved Roman city is an awe inspiring place and its close proximity to Seville (just 9km), makes it the ideal place to while away a few hours checking out the ancient mosaics and Amphitheatre. Hire a bicycle from Seville to make the trip solo or join a guided tour with Seville Bike Escape, promoters of ‘slow tourism’.

J is for jamón

Food lovers get excited, jamón is abundant in Seville, practically every restaurant serves different types of the delicious meat and practically all of it will blow your mind. Don’t miss jamón ibérico, cured ham made from black Iberian pigs fed mainly on acorns, it’s pure heaven. Taberna Águilas is a great little local joint for a plate of jamón and a cold beer.

plate of jamon pieces at taberna aguilas in seville
Try a plate of jamon at Taberna Àguilas

K is for kick-off

Cheer on Sevilla FC at the local football stadium; Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. It’s a 30-minute walk or short ride from Nervión and Gran Plaza metro stations. Buy your tickets from the stadium gates in the weeks leading up to the match or online to save time. Depending on match schedules, and if timed right, you could even see Ronaldo or Messi play.

L is for La Alameda

If you’re travelling on a budget, Airbnb is the perfect solution. Rent a quirky apartment in the La Alameda area from the local owners or hosts. This part of the city has a great alternative atmosphere and some ace cafes and restaurants.

M is for Moorish architecture

Many buildings in Seville are Moorish in design, the arched passageways and tile work of the royal palace, Alcázar, below, is seriously photogenic.

inside courtyard at alcazar seville on a sunny day

N is for nightlife 

Based in an industrial estate, Sala X is a cool place for live music, DJ’s and dancing. Open Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, check out their website for a list of who’s playing.

O is for olive oil

Visit a boutique olive oil mill just 30 minutes outside of Seville to pick up some incredible hand picked extra virgin olive oil and learn all about the process of making it, from the tree to the bottle.

P is for Plaza de España

This square has been described as one of the most beautiful in Spain. Take a stroll, hire a rowing boat or try a ride in a horse and carriage.

Q is for quinto

This is the name of the small 20cl bottles of beer, perfect for sipping as the sun goes down. It’s popular to buy five of these bottles in a bucket with ice for around three euros. Look out for brands Cruzcampo and Alhambra and share with friends.

R is for religious buildings

The cathedral of Seville; Santa María de la Sede, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. As well as being absolutely stunning, there's also a gorgeous patio of orange trees and Christopher Columbus’ tomb is kept here too.

S is for sculpture

One of the coolest sculptures in Seville is the wooden Metrapol Parasol in La Encarnación Square, below. Designed by German architect Jürgen Meyer, it looks like giant mushrooms have sprung up out of the concrete, you can also get a pretty good view of the city from the top.

looking up at the underside of the metrapol parasol sculpture in seville
The fab Metrapol Parasol

T is for tapas

These little dishes mean you can try a bit of everything and still have room for dessert, try Vega 10 in Triana for their avocado and anchovies on toast, mango and tuna tartare and rare beef on potato dauphinoise.

wooden plate with avocado and anchovies on toast at vega 10 seville
Avocado & anchovies on toast at Vega 10

U is for UK flights

Flights from the UK to Seville are numerous and can be super cheap if flying from London. Try British Airways, Iberia, Ryanair or easyJet for some great deals if booking in advance.

V is for Veláquez

Diago Veláquez was born in Seville and became one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. Some of his work can be seen in the Museo Bellas Artes de Sevilla.

W is for water park

Refresh from the summer heat at Aquopolis Sevilla, a fab water park with pools, slides and waterfalls that you'll adore, open daily from midday.

X is for Xmas markets

Around Christmas, the city puts up bright lights, fun decorations and huge trees, proving that Seville really is the perfect year round destination. The Christmas market sees small wooden huts popping up in Plaza Nueva selling all sorts of amazing Andalusian toys, ceramics and jewellery, perfect for presents.

Y is for yoga

If you’re missing your daily stretch, there is an abundance of great yoga studios dotted all over Seville, each offering different types of yoga, from Vinyasa to Kundalini and Hatha plus many more. The bright and fun O Yoga is also a teacher-training centre.

Z if for zzzz…

Get some sleep at the place to stay in central Seville; Corral Del Rey. Tucked away down a narrow cobbled street just minutes from the main attractions of the city is this luxury boutique hotel. Set in a restored 17th-century townhouse, the rooms have been wonderfully restored to make the most of the original features. Breakfast is delicious and there’s even a small plunge pool on the roof.

white bed and wood details of a room at corral del rey seville
My room at Corral del Rey

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