I lived in Seville for four months during Fall of 2016. During this time I was able to learn a thing or two about the city and its many wonderful sites to see. Seville is near and dear to my heart and one of the most local and authentic of the main cities in Spain. I am going to outline two days of delicious tapas restaurants, beautiful sites, and historical findings with a little local information from me to you.
1. Seville’s Cathedral
Seville’s Cathedral is the largest gothic Cathedral in the world. The outside is stunning with intricate design, but the inside is also a site to see. Within the Cathedral you will find a large golden organ, a wall filled with gothic sculptures of the life of Christ, and Christopher Columbus’ Tomb. Also, you can climb a tower called La Giralda to see the city from 342 ft in the air. For lunch, walk over to a great tapas bar called Perro Viejo. I recommend the patatas bravas (cooked potatoes with red and white sauce).
2. Real Alcázar de Sevilla (Alcázar of Seville)
Alcázar of Seville, located across from the Cathedral, has a palace with grand decorated spaces, a combination of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian design, and an expansive garden outside the palace to sit and relax in the Spanish sun. Oh and did I mention they have filmed Game of Thrones here? It is a must see if you find yourself in Seville. I would also suggest having a tour guide especially for this site because there is a lot of history at Alcázar. After visiting Seville’s Cathedral and Alcázar, go to La Brunilda for some quality tapas and a great atmosphere.
3. Plaza de España
There are multiple Plaza de España’s that were built in the 1920’s for World Expositions, however they pale in comparison to Seville’s Plaza de España. When you first walk in, you see awe-inspiring architecture and design and it feels like you have entered a dreamworld or a movie (side note: Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones was filmed here). You can also take a horse carriage around the plaza, which takes you around Park of Maria Louisa, located next to the Plaza and the city center.
5. Las Setas (aka Metropol Parasol)
Las Setas is a modern architectural structure that is 85 ft high and made for a great view of Seville at sunset. Here your admission payment also gets you a free drink so you can grab your cerveza (beer), climb Las Setas, and gaze at Seville’s beauty. Near Las Setas is one of the oldest restaurants in Seville called El Rinconcillo where you can stand and order your glass of Rioja (Spain’s classic wine) and jamón croquetas (ham croquettes) to share.
6. Flamenco: Casa De la Guitarra
Flamenco is a performance where a story is told through song and dance to evoke emotion and inspiration. One of the best places to watch Flamenco is at Casa De la Guitarra. Watching Flamenco is a perfect nighttime event after a long day where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show of Spain’s history and traditions.