Flamenco dancing, sunshine, and piles of tasty tapas – city breaks in Seville combine everything we love about Spain in one easy short-break package.
The laid back, sun-soaked capital of Andalusia might not be the top Spanish city break destination, but it punches well above its weight when it comes to attractions. Culture vultures will know Seville as the city of opera – it's where Carmen and The Barber of Seville were set, among others. Fans of modern entertainment will recognise a few of the city's main attractions, too – the Alcazar and the Plaza de toros de Osuna both featured in Game of Thrones. During a city break in Seville you'll probably find yourself at a flamenco show in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, eating melt-in-the-mouth jamon iberico in a hidden taberna, and taking in a view of the city from one of the many rooftop bars. Top Seville attractions include the impressive Seville Cathedral, which is the world's largest gothic cathedral, and the Plaza de Espana.
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48 Hours in Seville
Check into your Seville hotel and head out for some tapas at the city's oldest taberna, El Rinconcillo Bar. Jamon iberico is a must, washed down with a glass of the local tipple: sherry. On your first full day in the city, try squeezing in some of our top 8 things to do in Seville. Arrive at the Alcazar early if you want to see it at its quietest and most impressive. Afterwards, take in the view from the Metropol Parasol. Your next stop should be the Plaza de Espana. Hire a rowing boat for a quick punt around the canal. In the evening, do a bar crawl around the trendy Alameda de Hercules neighbourhood. There's only one place to go on Sunday, and that's church. Seville Cathedral has a chapel that's free to enter, but you'll need to pay a fee to get into the rest of the building
Eating in Seville
Breakfast in Seville is usually a coffee and Pan con Tomate: toast spread with a zingy tomato paste. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Most restaurants offer a 'menu del dia' three course meal for around €10. It's a good way to visit Seville's best restaurants on the cheap. Seville is famous for its tapas culture, with lots of companies offering food tours in the city. Tapas are usually eaten in the evening, from 9:30pm onwards, usually with glasses of ice cold beer. You don't need to stay in one tapas bar all evening like you do in Ireland. Locals tend to hop from one bar to the next, like a pub crawl (this is called 'tapeo'). Most places offer three portion sizes: tapa (which is for one or two people), media (for a small group or hungry couple) and racion (a large plate, better for a group).
Currency: Euro (€)
Getting in: The Especial Aeropuerto (EA) bus takes around half an hour to reach the city centre from the airport. Taxis in Seville are cheaper than in Ireland, and you'll always find a few hanging around outside the arrivals area.
Top tip lunch doesn't start until 2pm, and dinner begins around 10pm.
Weather: Seville has extreme weather, with scorching hot summers and chilly, foggy winters. If you're visiting between June and August, be prepared for temperatures in the mid- to high- forties Celsius.
Nearest beach: Seville is quite far inland so you'll need to hire a car if you want to spend a day at the coast. The nearest beach is in the city of Cadiz, about an hour and 20 minutes away.
This information is correct as of April 2017