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SICAB - International Horse Fair (Nov. 25 - 30)
El Giraldillo Exhibition (Oct. 22 - Dec. 21)
Modigliani in the Heart of Paris (Nov 4 - 29)
Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Living City" (Oct 6 - Nov 30)


Christmas Lights in Seville (Nov 20)
Columbus DNA analysis begins (Nov 17)
Bus strike on December 4th? (Nov 14)
130 million Euros for green space in Sevilla (Nov 14)
Archivo de Indias auctioned off? (Nov 10)
Cirque du Soleil coming to Sevilla (Nov 1)

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Welcome to Exploreseville.com, where you can find helpful information for the visitor, student or expat. I highly recommend you read the site guide to locate whatever you're looking for. If you're looking for pictures but don't have time for all the photo albums, you can take a quick photo tour of Seville. Keeping you informed means more insightful and original content - every day! There's always something new so keep an eye on the New and Updated panel just below the photo. This week it's sections on movies and the local weather. To keep you informed about what's going on in Sevilla check out the Latest News and Events sections to the left for more daily updates.  

My goal is to give you an insider's view of Seville with (almost) everything you need to know for your stay, whether you plan to visit, study or live in the city. In the case that you can't find certain topics I hope you'll discover information on Seville through my links page or in some of the travel forums. Locating what you need or preparing for your journey can be a lot of work and I give you my promise to answer every email I receive in English or Spanish should you have a question. Hope you enjoy the site...

The holidays have arrived in Seville and the Christmas lights are going up around town. Soon almost every store will have a belén in their display window. The rainy season is still upon us as we're near the end of November. La Liga, Spain's first division soccer league, is in the home stretch for the primera vuelta with Betis and Sevilla F.C. side by side in la tabla. La marcha returns to the warm confines of the center as bars and pubs are gearing up for the fall and winter business.



I love Seville. I always called it Sevilla until I started this page, so forgive me if I go back and forth with the spelling. After visiting several times and telling everyone I know for 10 years I wanted to live in Sevilla I finally decided to do it. I sold most everything I had, packed up what I could and came here with all my savings. If you want to see what everyday life is like in the city (or at least my everyday life), check out the daily entries section below.

Puerta Jerez

Puerta Jerez

I began to research Seville tourism and travel information on the web. I found some good sites but none that mentioned the bars and restaurants I frequented nor the hotels and hostals where most people I know stay. And while these pages offered tourist information about attractions, sites and culture in Seville (certainly helpful) they often didn't offer travel advice or insight into how things really work or the cultural differences you should expect.

This is where I think you'll find my site helpful. Along with some basic travel information and recommendations I've tried my best to offer advice about the differences in daily life you'll encounter and the obstacles or issues you may face during your stay in Seville. I hope this helps you spend your time discovering what Seville has to offer and worrying less about making all the little decisions. I hope you'll have a great vacation, study experience or extended stay.

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Is this a car?
Past Photos of the Week

All modes of transportation are used in Sevilla. As for this it could be a car, but it looks like a modified ATV to me. Just another one of the strange things you see in Sevilla everyday.

more weird stuff from Sevilla


From money to mobile phones, accommodations to the sites, or technology and the internet, you can read a little about it all on my page, Exploreseville.com

You'll find some useful information about Seville. Some of my general observations have been put together to help you understand some of the quirks and differences of life here. Some conversion information on the Euro (€), kilos, commas and decimals should come in handy as well.

I've also included sections on transportation, shopping and nightlife (la marcha), as well as where to buy food when you're sick of eating out.

I know I can't cover it all when it comes to Seville, and with this collection of recommended books and some helpful links I hope to assist those of you looking for more information on some specific topics.

Finally, if you want to get out of town check out my section on side trips to steer you in the right direction.

I frequent many bars and restaurants in Sevilla, hoping to discover a few surprises hidden in the back alleys. There are a few I've listed that you'll find in guidebooks - they are quite good after all - but many you won't. Some notes on the list:

  • Many are places where actual Spaniards eat, so don't expect a lot of English when you go.
  • Except for a few marked with "$$" these are affordable. I don't make any money with this page, so my dining out is generally on a realistic budget, not a Fodor's budget.
  • Every dish listed is a recommendation and I've tried every one of them. I don't weigh 300 lbs. yet but I'm working on it!
  • I'm not taking any advertising money so these are all fairly impartial unless you consider my personal tastes.

Here you will find several reviews of restaurants and tapas bars in Seville. This list will continue to grow as my stomach does.

MY LIFE HERE (some daily entries)

Monday, November 24th

"Rain!; Fire!; Manolo comes and goes; Sunday in La Huerta; A possible apartment?"

It was an interesting and generally pretty active weekend. We watched Betis tie Deportivo even though they really won. A dangerous play, as it was called by the arbitro or referee, took the only goal away from Betis. One thing you can say about life is that it's not fair. One thing you can say about fútbol is that it's never fair. But the arbitro was awful and the filed conditions were worse after a few days of rain. We had a 15 minute period during the first half where the rain was unbearable and we had to wedge ourselves in under the covered part of the stadium. Our seats are right below a gutter which drains the rainwater in the section above us - a master engineer was on the job when they decided this - about every 10 seats on our row all around the stadium have this problem. So aside from the pouring rain you get a small waterfall on top of you as well.

On Sunday a house/empty lot down the street from us caught on fire. When they renovate a building in Sevilla they tend to tear down the entire thing minus the front. What you get is an empty lot between two buildings although from the front it looks as if the building is still there. These are attractive areas to people who live in the street, and one fellow decided to make a little fire to keep himself warm. That little fire turned out to be a big fire which or course made the neighbors very nervous. The firemen were there in no time to get things back to normal.

Manolo is a friend of my sister's and is quite a character. A bearded, chain-smoking photographer from Sevilla, Manolo now lives in Chihuahua, Mexico. He's doing freelance photography with a really nice digital camera while he lives with his girlfriend and her children. Every 3 months or so he comes back to visit and tell us some interesting stories about life in the Americas. He's been to the U.S. more times than I have in the last 6 months, and his descriptions of border crossings are always fun to hear. We spent an evening between our apartment and the Alfalfa listening to some wild tales and some doing some general catching up. Afterwards he headed home and we continued on to La Extrameña for a lot of grilled meat. Chorizo al infierno, then pinchitos, then a huge serving of presa iberica. All was good but we admitted we ordered too much. Final bill between four people was 45€.

We spent Sunday with a Stuart, a visiting professor with an abroad program, his wife and his little girl who kept us all entertained. After a long lunch in La Huerta we visited our apartment and then had a cafe in the San Buenaventura close to home. The rest of the day was spent doing a lot of nothing.

We did learn this weekend that there is an apartment in our building for rent that seems to good to be true. Six windows on three different patios, a bigger kitchen with a real fridge, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a large living room. 110 square meters, marble floors, a fireplace and the same location in a building we love and I am just getting more and more nervous thinking about it. Rent is very reasonable as well at 540€. We'd of course prefer to pay less but for what we'd get and to not have to leave our old neighborhood, well, it's just too good to pass up if we can get it. We are trying to track down the owner as I write this, so maybe I should stop writing. But to give you an idea of the freakish nature of renting versus buying in Sevilla how about some prices. The owner wants to sell or rent it from what we understand. So 540€ to rent it, or about 385,000€ to sell it. You can do the math, but there's no way the mortgage payment would even be close to the rent. There's no way I'd ever pay that for this place although someone may. Either way you can see it's a renter's market - much cheaper than buying at this point.

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