85 things to do in and around Sevilla
- Watch a bullfight in the Plaza de Toros,
one of the best venues in the world for a corrida.
The bullring is famous and the museum itself is worth
a visit. Or if you can't stand the idea of a bullfight
then try picketing outside and be prepared for a lot of
arguments. At least it will make for an interesting story
in the local paper. If no events are scheduled, try a visit to the Museum.
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- Visit the often overlooked Museo
Militar (Military Museum) in the Plaza de España. The museum is really impressive, with just about everything: uniforms, medals, toy soldiers, guns, swords, ammunition, medical kits a library and two large replicas: one of the old city center with the complete defensive walls and another of the artillery factory. You'll find the entrance on the first floor (the level above the main plaza which many visitors never get to).
a bus to Carmona - about an hour away - and spend
a relaxing day in a pueblo. Carmona has a lot of places
to see for a small town, including a Roman necropolis,
Moorish buildings and a nice parador overlooking the valley
below. If you don't plan to stay at the parador you can
still get a drink there. And if you're lucky you can grab a table
on the terrace. Buses run fairly frequently from the Prado
de San Sebastian bus station, just across from the Murillo
an ice cream at Rayas, the best place for ice
cream in Sevilla if not all of Europe. On a hot summer
night the crowds overwhelm the place as people spill into
the street. You can choose from about 30 flavors which
change seasonally and even get a to go container to bring
it back home. If it's winter try their chocolate shop
next door. You'll find Rayas just a block up from the
Iglesia San Pedro on Calle Imagen, or their new location at the edge of Calle Zaragoza and Reyes Catolicos.
- Head to Parque del Alamillo on Monday, Wednesday or
Friday afternoons to see the young and aspiring
toreros practice against a pair of horns
on two bicycle wheels (pushed by another). This is where
it all begins (and ends) for many wishing to try their
luck in the "big leagues". The park is one of
the largest in Sevilla and a popular spot for jogging
or taking in a little nature by the river.
on a bus and take it anywhere! Circular routes
are fun: you can ride as long as you need to, or at least
until the driver notices you aren't getting off anytime
soon. Check out the video screens and see what's around
at each stop, or just catch up on the day's news. If you
like to ride enough get a bónobus for multiple
trips or a 3 or 7 day tourist pass which will give you
unlimited rides. The C5 mini-bus is a favorite, which takes you to the major monuments and through some of Seville's older neighborhoods.
a flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria or Auditorio Alvarez Quintero, where the price is cheaper
than the tablaos but the show better than the
average bar. Casa de la Memoria is an interesting venue:
an 18th century patio in Santa Cruz which has very limited
seating. Auditorio Alvarez Quintero is located just 2 blocks from the Cathedral and includes a small art gallery above the stage.
some of Seville's best Mexican at Bar Ajo Blanco While Bar Ajo Blanco is not a Mexican restaurant, there are several dishes on the menu which are homemade and excellent, such as the tejano. And this is by far Seville's best hot sauce, which is also homemade and contains red pepper flakes, some other spices and oil. Be careful as it will burn a hole in your stomach! Also try traditional dishes like ajo blanco (a white gazpacho) or several of their vegetarian dishes.
a bus or rent a car and head to Punta Umbria to
eat at Restaurante Miramar for the best seafood
this side of the ocean. Just make sure you call ahead
to make a reservation or you may miss your bus back. What
used to be a shack on the beach keeps getting bigger and
bigger as they've opened yet another dining room and a
new kitchen. When you're finished, if the levante
isn't kicking up, you can take a stroll on the beach.
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- Watch a movie in Cine Cervantes on
Calle Amor de Dios. It's an old theatre, as in theatrical
performances, which dates back to 1873 and is a unique venue to watch a film.
The screen is one of the biggest in Sevilla, and while
the sound and technology aren't the most "high end" you'll
have plenty of space to see the movie, and enjoy the scenery around you when the lights come on.