Seville

 

Intro

Seville is a stereotypically Spanish and incredibly chill city. A hot weather heaven all year-round (just beware of traveling there in the extra steamy, late summer months), its outdoor drinking and eating environment provides a seamless blend of leisure and culture. An extra-late, though low-key nightlife is a refreshing break from the party-hard scenes of other international cities.

Cultural Prep

Expect to rekindle the college relationship you had with your alarm clock by snoozing past 10AM everyday and not feeling guilty about it; most storefronts open around 11AM.

Also, prepare yourself for the siesta, an afternoon nap that quiets the entire city between the hours of 1:30-4PM.  Seville is super Catholic, too, so most of the city’s commerce shuts down on Sundays as well.  

Many sevillanos don’t speak English, but they’re very friendly and eager to throw a girl a bone. Brush up on your basics. Know how to ask where the centrally located "Cathedral” (Cot-HEY-DRAL) is and you’ll be just fine.

Packing Essentials

Things can get REAL hot. SPF, a pair of shades, and sandals with support make navigating the cobblestone streets of this sun-soaked and walkable city way easier.

Eat

Sip on a café con leche at a different coffee shop every morning and fill up on jamón iberico – salty and delicious Spanish ham. FYI importing it to the US is almost entirely illegal...NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY!

  1. Los Coloniales: traditional tapas in the heart of Seville.
  2. Ovejas Negras or Bar La Corona: for more modern tapas experiences.
  3. Bodega dos de Mayoseafood fare, slightly far from city center.

Do/See

Take a load off, Larry! This city has its sites, but get in the mix by embracing Seville’s So-Cal-meets-Europe vibes. Explore its labyrinth Jewish quarter, check out the contemporary theater scene, and take an easy day trip to an ancient Game of Thrones-esque city.

  1. Barrio Santa Cruz: take a free tour to get its insanely cool backstory from a local.
  2. Teatro Central Seville: modern flamenco and drama.
  3. Cordoba: an exemplary city of Spain's Moorish influences (just under 1 hr away by train). 
  4. Mercadillo El Jueves: go on the Thursday of your trip.
  5. And don’t hesitate to get your own little botellón on in Maria Luisa Park.

Drink/Nightlife

Save your discoteca night (no judgments) for Saturday and spend the rest of your evenings socializing in one of Alameda’s charming city squares, sippin’ on sangria, or listening to live music at a smaller haunt.

  1. Bar Alfalfa and El Rinconcillo: better for late night beers and bites…don’t bother before 10PM.
  2. El Perro Andaluz: for live music.
  3. La Carboneria: for FREE flamenco and the chance to meet Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome.

Where to stay

  1. This Airbnb with a dreamy terrace in the city center for $88/night. 
  2. Or this Airbnb for up to 3 people for $39/night.
  3. Hotel Simon for a group. 

Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section below!