things you should do in Sevilla
people want to know what are the must see or do activities
in Sevilla. While many already know to visit the Cathedral
or the Alcazar there are plenty of other activities which
might not make every guide book or be recommended by your
friends who've been to Sevilla before. With the help of
some locals and visitors I've put together a list of 101
things you don't want to miss when you're in the city. Most
qualify either as a simple activity or an interesting look
at some local phenomena. Technically some of these involve
some side trips from Sevilla. And I guess a few of these
might be in a guide book somewhere. I had to get to 101
somehow! Either way I hope the list gives you a few ideas...
a warm night, before 11:30pm when the lights go out, get
a drink at the outdoor bar on top of Hotel Doña
Maria with a view of the Cathedral with all the lights.
The hotel may be expensive but one drink won't set you
back too much. The view is worth paying for.
a beer and a tapa of espinacas in El
Rinconcillo, located near Plaza de Los Terceros.
It's Sevilla's oldest bar, founded in 1670.
a four-wheeled tandem bike in Parque Maria Luisa
to take a quick tour of the gardens.
the pigeons in Plaza de America in Parque Maria
a tapa of boquerones en adobo in
Bar Blanco Cerillo, located off Calle
Tetuan in the central shopping district. A tapa and a
cold cruzcampo and you'll be in heaven.
a Betis game in Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Well, it's really Estadio Ruiz de Lopera but not in most
betico's minds. Taking in a fútbol
match live is a great experience.
to Calle Betis in Triana around midnight
for a lively bit of nightlife. There are bars to suit
almost any taste.
a pitcher of Agua de Sevilla,
best with a few friends as it packs a punch - four kinds
of liquor, champagne and some other ingredients will get
the night moving, maybe too quickly.
the Alfalfa animal market on Sunday morning
to check out the dogs, cats, birds and more.
sweets at a local convent - certainly
a different experience than a bakery. In many you have
an interesting excahnge at first. Ring the bell and wait
to until you hear the nun say "Ave Maria Purisima".
You'll likely want to respond by saying "Sin
pecado concebido". Now you're ready to ask for
what you want, place your money on a turnstile and spin
it around for the nun on the other side. Then wait for
something delicious to be spun back to you.
a cold beer at El Tremendo in
Santa Catalina and bond with the famous neighborhood dog,
Curro, who is always around. Curro is a good fellow, always
happy and takes to just about anyone. He can be seen intently
watching the people snacking on mojama at the
tables, hoping to pick up a treat or two. When not at
El Tremendo you may see Curro begging for food
in Plaza de los Terceros.
a walk and see the Plaza de España at night.
The fountain and building are lit up and it makes for
some great pictures. Arrive before 10:30 to be sure the
lights are still on.
something you can't in the U.S. - a Cuban cigar.
Cheap and available just about anywhere, your best selection
is in Triana in El Cava del Betis.
a pinchito (my favorite) or just about any grilled
meat at Bodega La Extremeña,
a great bar in Puerta Carmona (down the street from Casa
de Pilatos). They have a wood fired grill right behind
the bar which makes for some delicious tapas. Well they
did have a wood fired grill...still the meat is delicious.
in a free exhibit, of sorts, at the Sunday market
in Plaza del Museo next to the Museo de Bellas
Artes. Here you'll find paintings and sketches by many
local artists for sale.
a bus to Italica to see the Roman ruins just outside
of Sevilla. The site is unique in that another
city wasn't built over it like so many other Roman cities.
Thus much was preserved. The city was also the home of
emperors Trajan and Hadrian.
if you're not going to buy, find one of the local
food markets - Encarnación, Arenal, Triana
or Calle Feria - and browse through a selection of vegetables,
fruits, meats and seafood. Fun to look at and see some
of the interesting stuff they eat in Sevilla.
the best Spanish breakfast at any one of the San
Buenaventura locations. My favorite is tostada
entera con serrano y aceite. My favorite two
locations? The first and original location on calle Carlos
Cañal and the other in Santa Catalina, because
they know me there, they're nice guys and it's close to
out an exhibit at one of the many private galleries
in town. Galería Rafael Ortiz is one my preferred,
located on calle Marmoles in Santa Cruz.
Rent a paddle boat and see how far you
can go on the Gudalquivir in an hour. If you come back
late be prepared to pay a little extra.
a bullfight in the Plaza de Toros, one
of the best venues in the world for a corrida. 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 20 Minutos.
a different museum experience check out the Museo
de Muñecas y Juguetes Antiguos
in Calle Castelar to see some old toys and dolls
from Spain and other parts of the world.
a bus to Carmona - about an hour away - and spend
a relaxing day in a pueblo. Carmona has a lot of sites
for a small town including a roman necropolis, Moorish
buildings and a nice parador overlooking the valley below.
an ice cream at Rayas, the best place for ice
cream in Sevilla if not all of Europe. If it's winter
try their chocolate shop next door.
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
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.
a flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria or Sol Cantante
Cafe, 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
chicken wings at Bar Calle Larga on Calle Pureza.
I know, sounds confusing, but Calle Pureza is very larga.
Anyway, chicken wings are their specialty!
a bus to Punta Umbria and 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.
a movie in Cine Cervantes on Calle Amor de Dios.
It's an old theatre, as in theatrical performances, and
is a unique venue to watch a film.
you're traveling around Spain head to the Plaza
de Espana and take a picture of the tiles representing
all the places you've visited (there's one for
each province!). Makes for a good intro to each section
of your photo album.
a Smart Car for a day and smile at others as
you parallel park in the tiniest of spaces throughout
the city. Just don't bring anything to fit into the trunk
- there isn't one!
you hear the whistle of the afilador,
grab your knives and run down to the street to strike
up a little conversation as he sharpens the blades on
the back of the grinding wheel on his moped.
and find the face carved into El Patio de las Muñecas
in the Alcazar. Representations of people and
animals was forbidden when this was built, but this face
was hidden for only the sharpest of eyes to find.
the roller coaster at Isla Magica. Or play miniature
golf on the course which is a replica of the many sites
out the ruins in Plaza Encarnacion where
they've finally put up some information about the contents
of the "dirt pit". These will soon be harder
to see as the build the market on top of them. Not to
worry, just like the market in Triana they plan to preserve
them and eventually visitors can go below the market to
see what's left.
like the king for breakfast as you order up some
churros at the stand on Calle Arfe. Rumor has
it that when in Sevilla the King sends someone out to
pick up his churros here.
at the Restaurante La Basilica on Avda
de la Buhaira, the site of what was to be a large neo-gothic
cathedral designed by Anibal Gonzalez. The restaurant
contains the original foundation for the cathedral which
was never completed because of the death of Gonzalez shortly
after consturction began. Two towers were planned which
would have been taller than the Giralda.
the stairs down below into the undeground parking garage
in Puerta de la Carne. On the first level behind the attendants
office is a small window looking into a preserved
tomb from the Jewish cemetary discovered during the construction.
by Lo Neustro on Calle Betis for more of an improvised,
neighborhood flamenco show. There's flamenco
Semana Santa take a taste of torrijas,
a dish close to french toast, made with thick bread, white
wine, eggs and honey.
a stroll to the Macarena, cross the street, follow Calle
Don Fadrique and then Sanchez Pizjuan until you reach
La Venta los Gatos. This used
to be the countryside and this particular watering hole
was where the poet Becquer wrote most of one of his works.
the ruins of the Castillo de San Jorge under the Triana
Market, just on the other side of the bridge
from the center. Living quarters, part of an old cemetary
and a connection with the Spanish Inquisition are all
part of the site.
likely seen the Golden Tower, or the Torre del Oro, so
why not check out it's neglected cousin, the Torre
de la Plata, or Silver Tower, on calle Santander.
While you can't go in you can get a good view of it from
the three roman columns hidden away on calle Marmoles
in Santa Cruz. You may even catch a glimpse of
the cat family living there. Just like in Rome! There
were more columns at one point, but some were taken to
the Alameda and are now propping up statues at either
end of the Plaza.
the geographic center of Seville on calle Jose
Gestoso marked by what looks like a shell in
a tour of the El Salvador church as they are renovating
and excavating. Ruins from the mosque and more
can be seen. You can get more information at the Tourist
the Hammam experience in some of the largest Arab baths
and spa in Spain, just opened in Santa Cruz on
calle Aire. They have just about everything, from different
temperature baths to masages, steam rooms a teteriaand
a roof top terrace with a very nice view of the Cathedral.
out the way the eat tapas, or pintxos, up north
and have your evening meal at Lizarran. Ok, so
it's a chain restaurant, but it's still a lot of fun.
Plus it takes all the guess work out of ordering your
food. Simply order a beer and ask for a plate. Then take
your choice of a number of cold tapas on toothpicks along
the bar. Or wait until the waiter comes around to your
table with the hot tapas. When all is done don't throw
away the tootpicks - they need them to calculate your
La Fabrica de Cerveza, in Plaza de Armas.
If you've grown tired of Cruzcampo and Heineken in a bottle
you can se what's on tap in Seville's only brew pub.