85 things to do in and around Sevilla

  1. Enjoy a cold beer at El Tremendo in Santa Catalina and pay your respects to the famous neighborhood dog, Curro, who is no longer with us. Curro was a good fellow, always happy and took to just about anyone. He was always watching the people snacking on mojama at the tables and hoping to pick up a treat or two. He also was famous for his lunch - 1 can of paté. Unfortunately Curro wandered off one day and never came back.
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  1. Take a walk and see the Plaza de España at night. The fountain and building are lit up which makes for some great pictures. Arrive before 10:30 to be sure the lights are still on, but perhaps a little later in the summer months. I don't recommend walking through the middle of the park at night, so stick to the main road leading to the Plaza. Afterwards you can get a drink or try a tapa outdoors in Restaurante La Raza.

  2. photoIf you're American enjoy 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. They are also sold in many tobacco shops which specialize in cigars and you can always find a small but decent selection in the El Corte Ingles tobacco shop, either in Plaza del Duque or the Nervion location.

  3. Take a quick look at what remains of a 14th century funerary chapel in the Iglesia Salvador. This small chapel was discovered just off of the patio and was one of many discoveries during the recent renovation and excavation work. The private chapel (Capilla de los Pineda) features Gothic and Islamic styles and belonged to the Pineda family. Current rehabilitation work is being done on some of the tiles which remained intact and should (at some point) be on display.

  4. Take 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 local artists for sale in a range of styles and prices. Beware, if you're not in Sevilla for good then you may need to figure out a way to bring it back on the plane. Better to choose something small! There is now also a new art market in Triana along the Paseo de la "O", also on Sunday mornings.

  5. Catch 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 and thus much was preserved. The city was also the home of emperors Trajan and Hadrian. To see the best mosaics you'll need to head to the Museum of Archaeology or the Palacio de Lebrija, where the owners had many moved from the site, and thanks to them they are still preserved and available to see.

  6. Even if you're not going to buy anything 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 see, and smell, some of the interesting stuff they eat in Sevilla. Of all the markets Triana is the newest and Feria the oldest, with a neat little bar wedged between the market and the church next door. Encarnación will soon occupy the space above the ruins in the plaza.

  7. Enjoy the best Spanish breakfast at any one of the San Buenaventura locations. My favorite is tostada entera con jamón serrano y aceite. But I can always do with a palmera de chocolate or two as pictured to the right. My favorite two locations? The first and original location on calle Carlos Cañal next to San Buenaventura church (and likely the smallest of them all). The other is in Santa Catalina because they know me there, they're nice guys and it's close to home.

  8. Check out an exhibit at one of the many private galleries in town. Galería Rafael Ortiz, located on calle Marmoles in Santa Cruz, is one of my preferred. The venue is a renovated house with high ceilings and has some of the best works of the private galleries in town. There are around 15 - 20 galleries in the city center and the exhibits generally change a few times per month.

  9. Rent a paddle boat and see how far you can go on the Guadalquivir in an hour. If you come back late - there's a lot of paddling to be done - be prepared to pay a little extra. When you're finished you can always take a cruise on the larger riverboat to see the rest while you rest. If foot paddling isn't your style you can rent a kayak and get a little further. When your finished try a drink at one of the bars along the river.

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