85 things to do in and around Sevilla
- 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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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.
- If 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.