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Seville – One of Spain’s Unsung Heroes

Submitted by on January 3, 2011 – 11:17 am9 Comments

Seville spain Alcazar palace

Did you realize that if you add up all your weekends you have about 104 free days every year on top of any annual holiday. Suddenly the world feels like your oyster and you might develop the urge to really maximize that free time. Seville and Granada are two of Spain’s unsung heroes, with many visitors heading straight to Barcelona or Madrid. But on a cheap weekend getaway, these smaller cities are much more manageable. And don’t think you need to spend a fortune. Find out how to eat, drink and sleep in Seville, for less.

Seville
Often dubbed Spain’s party town, Seville is also hugely appealing to architecture fans. It has a sumptuous Arabic heritage alongside 17th-century colonial style buildings and also some stylish Art Nouveau vestiges.

Top Sights
The biggest draw here is the way of life with the city offering plenty of idle ambling around the old town. The Bellas Artes is an art gallery worth visiting and there is decent shopping along old Calle Sierpes. For a mere €7.5, the Alcázar is spectacular; A medley of architectural influences, but most famously, an important example of Mudéjar architecture. You can buy a combined €7 ticket to climb the magnificent Giralda tower for a view of Seville and it also gives you access to the Cathedral. Locals enjoy a long siesta so don’t attempt too much in the afternoons. Instead, embrace a nice long lunch twinned with a nice long nap. People pay serious money for the major flamenco shows at the top theaters in Seville, but if you’re lucky and happy to wait it out until the early hours in a bar in the Triana quarter, you might just catch someone picking up a guitar and a dancer who decides to answer his passionate call!

Seville spain Alcazar palace inside mudejar architecture
Where to Drink
Seville is also known as “Bull City” so be prepared for walls adorned in bullfighting paraphernalia to accompany your dry fino sherry.

Where to Eat
The emphasis is on traditional dishes over cutting edge cuisine, but tasty all the same with staple ingredients of the area including Serrano ham and grilled meat or fish. Your main meal will likely be at lunch – tapas is reserved for dinner. No need to jot down too many names, just head to the barrio Santa Cruz and look for locals mingling outside the most popular bars. After your meal, join the other Sevillianos for a paseo through Maria Luisa Park

Seville spain Plaza Virgen de los Reyes

Where to Stay

If you’re looking to save money and stay in youth hostels Seville properties usually offer both shared and private rooms. Hostel One Seville is housed in a traditional mansion offering either dormitories or private rooms. Rooms have air-conditioning, free linen and staff treat guests to a free flamenco show in the evenings. The atmosphere is personal with friendly service.

Alternatively, Samay Hostels Sevilla is located in the old neighborhood of barrio Santa Cruz. It has a fantastic roof terrace overlooking the city and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail from there on site bar at sunset. Staff are knowledgeable about the best cheap eats in the area.

Seville Spain Cathedral Geralda

When to Go
Semana Santa (Holy Week) – the last week of Lent and the week before Easter – is celebrated with religious fervor and parades of Madonnas and icons through the street. But La Feria de Abril is for the party animals. The streets flash with colorful costumes and dancing. There is a daily program of bullfights, a funfair and tents arranged along the river Guadalquivir with live flamenco bands and horsemen performing tricks. But if you are after a truly cheap weekend in Seville, you will avoid these events when accommodation tends to be pricey.

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9 Comments »

  • Alexis says:

    Thank you for writing this article, I’ll have to check out Seville the next time I’m in Spain

  • Chad says:

    Seville – a great place to visit, definitely put it on your list.

  • Oh man.. it makes me miss Seville even more. I lived there for 10 months and I love thecity. It’s hot, cheap, good food, awesome partying and not so far from the beach. What else do I need? :)

  • Jeremy B says:

    Sevilla is one of my favorite cities in all of Spain! It’s incredibly diverse, beautiful, and a very livable and enjoyable city. It does get really hot in the summer but from the Alhambra to the Cathedral and so many other places in between, I loved hanging out in this city!

  • Connie says:

    Seville was one of my favorite places in all of Spain! There’s an incredible energy that literally radiates from the city and it’s electrifying! It’s hard to ignore it too and before you know it, it will be 5 in the morning, you’re still drinking buckets of sangria while flamenco’ing your way across some crazy Spanish bar. Yes, that’s the sort of things that Seville induces in people. It’s fantastic! I definitely want to go back one day!

  • Dave and Deb says:

    We didn’t make it to Seville when we visited Spain, but will now make it our first stop when we go back! The architecture looks beautiful like every city that we saw in Spain.

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