Spain (Seville)

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Seville (Spanish: Sevilla ) [1] is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of just over 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain's 4th largest city), Seville is Andalucia's top destination, with much to offer the traveler.

Understand

The city is situated on the banks of the smooth, slow Guadalquivir River, which divides the city into two halves: Sevilla and Triana . The Guadalquivir (known as Baetis by the Romans and as Betik Wahd-Al-Khabir by the Arabs) has had a major impact in the history of the city. The location of Seville is roughly coincident with the point where the Guadalquivir stops being useful for navigation. It is at this point that the cereal producing region of the Guadalquivir Valley starts, and Seville has acted as a sea-port for commerce of agricultural goods produced farther west. Intense trade existed in the area from Roman times, continued under Muslim rule, and exploded as Seville monopolized the new trade with the

Americas. As the monopoly was broken and Cádiz largely took Seville's place, the city entered a period of relative decline. In the 19th century Seville gained a reputation for its architecture and culture and was a stop along the Romantic "Grand Tour" of Europe. Seville was built on its tourism industry since, playing host to the International Exposition in 1992, which spurred the construction of a new airport, a new train station, a bullet train link to Madrid, new bridges and improvements to the main boulevards. Tourist facilities are top- notch and the city is buzzing with festivals, color and a thriving nightlife scene.

Get in

By plane

Sevilla International Airport (IATA: SVQ ) is located about 25 minutes’ drive from the city center. A bus service "Especial Aeropuerto (EA)" [2] runs about every 30 minutes from just outside the "Arrivals" hall during most of the day (though with longer gaps from 1PM-4PM) and costs €4 (€6 for a same day return) and takes 20-30 minutes. Taxis are always available next to the bus stop and run on a fixed fare to Seville center, €21.90 during the day and €24.41 after 10PM and on weekends/holidays. For the fixed airport fare taxi drivers turn off the meter. Much controversy has been stirred by some taxi drivers trying to overcharge tourists, so be careful to pay

no more than this if you are traveling into the city (agree the price before the start of the journey). Other destinations outside Seville obviously cost more and are metered. Tips are not necessary, though €1-2 for polite, helpful service is appreciated. You might also want to be aware of the fact that speed limits seem to be considered as kind of minimum speed by most taxi drivers... An alternative is to fly to Jerez airport La Parra International Airport (IATA: XRY ) located 10km from Jerez de la Frontera, and 95km from Seville. Used by discount airlines such as Ryanair (from Frankfurt- Hahn London- Stansted).

By train

Sevilla Santa Justa Station is on the eastern edge of Seville city centre.

Completed in 1991, the station is the southern terminus of the Spanish high speed AVE train service. There is also San Bernardo station which might suit depending on where you are travelling from and where in Seville you wish to be. High-speed are great if time is of the essence, less than an hour from the wonderful city of Córdoba, less than three hours run from Madrid to Seville. Driving is also always an option for long distance travel in Spain, but isn't as convenient or as useful once in town. By bus The Spanish bus service is amazingly punctual and comfortable with most h By car

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aving air-con and a toilet. Believe it or not, to get to Seville from other cities in Spain it can sometimes be only minimally longer than train (but much cheaper). Check out your options first with the helpful Information desk you will find inside any terminal. The buses run regularly to/from most major cities, departing either from the Plaza de

Armas bus station near the river, or the Prado de San Sebastián station near the University/Santa Cruz. Sometime queue for buying ticket from the ticket office on a busy day might take up to 20 min or more.  El Rocio - Sevilla 10:15 Mon- Fri/10:45 Sat/15:15 daily/18:15 daily Sevilla - El Rocio 8:00 Sat/8:15 Sun/9:30 Mon- Fri/11:00 Weekend/15:00 Daily/17:00 Mon-Fri one way is about 1hr 45 min cost around 5.58€ Alicante - Sevilla Daily at 0:00 Sevilla - Alicante Daily at 22:00 one way is about 10 hrs 30 min cost around 50.67€  Cordoba - Sevilla Daily at 5:15/8:35/11:00/11:45/16:30/18:45/2: Sevilla - Cordoba Daily at

8:00/9:00/13:45/15:00/16:15/18:30/2: one way take 2 hrs, cost around 10.63€  Granada - Sevilla Daily at 3:00/7:00/8:00/12:00/14:00/15:30/16: 30/20:30 Sevilla - Granada Daily at 7:45/9:30/11:15/12:00/16:00/17:15/2: 00/23:00 one way takes 3 hrs, cost around 20-26€  Malaga- Sevilla Daily at 12:00/15:00/17:30/18:00/20:30 also 9:00 Mon-Fri/9:15 weekend and holiday Sevilla - Malaga Daily at 7:00/8:00/12:00/15:00/18:00/20:30 one way takes 2 hrs. 45min, cost around 16.34€.

Get around

Sevilla has a great public transportation system. The buses run frequently and

cover the majority of the city in their routes. You can purchase bus cards at many newsstands. Trips cost 60c or 70c, and it costs €1.50 to buy a refillable bus card (which can be topped up at many newsstands). Sevici bikes are available throughout the city with special docking stations that allow you to easily grab a bike and go wherever you need, then drop it off at another station when you arrive. Bikes cost 11,50 euro for a week pass, which allows the first half hour free and subsequent hours are a euro each. Also, year passes can be purchased for 23 euro with each half hour free and additional hours 50 euro cents. Scooters are available for rent for €30 for the day and €120 for the week.

These are a cost efficient way of getting around and a driver’s license is not necessary.

A tram system is currently being incorporated into Sevilla's local

transportation and is running from the San Bernardo Train Station to the Plaza Nueva but is expanding North and West into Triana. Taxis are easily accessible throughout the city. Many offer decent rates, but tourists should beware of the possibility of a crooked cabbie.

Sevilla by Bike

Sevilla, the cultural heart of Andalusia is developing itself more and more as a cycling city. More than 62.14 miles of cycle lanes have been constructed

which gives you the opportunity to discover this city fun, safe and fast by bike. Besides cycling in the city centre, it is also easy to discover the less touristic suburbs of Sevilla. Also Sevilla has implemented a cycling plan called ´Sevici´. Sevici counts more than 250 cycle stations where you can grab a bike and cycle from A to B. The total amount of bikes now is around 2500. Not only locals use this system. As a tourist you can buy a card for 10 euros which allows you to hop on and off and bike through the city. If you are planning to go to Sevilla and want to explore the city by bike you can also choose to do this with a guided bike tour. It’s a safe and fast way to get familiar with this beautiful city and all its

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highlights. Baja Bikes  Rent a bike with Sevici [3] . Seville has a new system of automated bike rentals with stations all over town. You pay 10 Euros for the week, and can use any bike that's available. You drop it off at the station nearest to where you're going. Once you're registered, trips of 30 minutes or less

are free. If you go over 30 minutes, it's 1 Euro for the 1st hour, 2 Euros for each additional hour. Seville is in the process of building many bike paths, one pleasant route covers most of the East bank of the river.  Rent a scooter for the day or week, to ride you do not need a license and the traffic rules are relaxed for the most part while riding.  Rent a car for a day from leading car rental companies like Hertz [4] and Avis. Cars with GPS equipment are an added advantage.

See

Visitors to Seville should consider purchasing a Sevilla Card [5] , designed to aid city exploration and conserve precious travel funds. The card includes

free admission to most Seville museums and monuments, unlimited use of public transportation (TUSSAM Buslines, NB: only for Cards with Public Transport), a guided visit of the Real Alcazar of Seville, unlimited use of sightseeing buses, boat rides on the Guadalquivir River and admission to the Isla Mágica Theme Park. The card also allows access to significant discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children. The Sevilla card is accompanied by a guide and city map. However, please note that Sevilla Card cannot be used for trams and buses. The Sevilla card comes in three denominations of 1, 2 or 3 days’ duration in blocks of 24 hours from the time of first activation when inserted into the electronic validation terminal of the

suppliers associated with the Sevilla Card Programme (be careful not to activate too soon). Prices: 1 day €50 (with transport €53), 2 days €60 (with transport €66), 3 days €65 (with transport €72). The 2 and 3 day options attract a discount of €3 per card when purchased on the website. The Sevilla Card can be purchased by the following means: Online [6] ; by telephone +34 91 600 21 21 / 902 088 908; and, once in Seville, at tourism offices, the airport, the train station, travel agencies and through national and international tour operators (check the website for addresses). A less expensive version, the Sevilla card Cultura is valid only for museums. (1 day €28, 2 days €32, 3 days €36). -

5% if purchased online.

If you are simply interested in using the local buses [7] , you can get either pay the €1.10 single fare price or you can purchase a bonobus , a 10 trip travel card. Bonobuses are found at most kiosks and tabacarias (tobacco shops). Regular times are kept until around 11:30PM, after which night buses run, with different routes, on the hour until 2AM.  The Cathedral of Seville was once judged the third largest church in the world after Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Paul's in London, it is now arguably the largest church in the world when compared using the measurement of volume. Seville's Landmarks

fifteenth century cathedral occupies the site of the former great mosque built in the late twelfth century. The central nave rises to an awesome 37 metres over a total area of 11,520 square metres. The Cathedral is the final resting place of the remains of Christopher Columbus. Adult admission is €8 each.  La Giralda is a large and beautiful minaret tower, originally intended for the chief mosque, but now is the magnificent bell tower of the Cathedral and a symbol of Seville. Climb the 34 ramps for a great view of the city. Adult admission to both attractions is €9 each.  The Real Alcázar is a beautiful palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the XIV Century by Pedro I

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the Cruel. With its myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored, it is a fascinating place to visit. Be sure to check out the room where Christopher Columbus's journey to the Americas was planned. You can

see his coat of arms embroidered on the wall along with many other royals. In the heat of summer it offers a cool retreat from the suns glare and can quite easily keep you occupied for a few centuries, if not all of your life. Adult admission is €9,50. Disabled people and visitors under the age of 16 get in for free. To see the Upper Palace with audio guide, admission is €4,50. Open Mon- Sun, April-September: 9:30-19:00 and October-March: 9:30-17:00, Closed 1 Jan, 6 Jan, Holy Friday and 25th Dec. [8] You can buy your ticket online for the following day to skip the line. The management fee for online purchases is €2. [9] Students younger than 25 and retired years people pay €2.

 The Jewish Quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz) is located around the Cathedral. It is filled with small winding streets and is generally regarded as the most charming part of the city, but it is also fairly touristy.  The Hospital de los Venerables , Plaza de los Venerables. A 17th century retirement home and hospital for aged and sickly retired priests, recently restored by the Fundación to preserve an example of Andalusian architecture at its very best. Includes a resplendent Baroque chapel which is highly recommended. Adult admission is €4.75 and includes an informative audio guide.  Torre de Oro is a thirteenth century tower, the top of which is rumored to

have once been covered in gold. It now houses the local maritime museum. Admission €1.50 for students €3 for adults. Free on Mondays. 10am-2pm.  Parque María Luisa was built for the 1929 Iber-Americano World's Fair and now is landscaped with attractive monuments and museums.  Plaza de España is the site of the Spanish pavilion from the 1929 exhibition. In more recent years it was used in the filming of the new Star Wars episodes. It is somewhat in need of repair. Visit it early in the morning on a weekday to see a long line of immigrants outside one of the government offices it now houses, or visit it right before it closes (officially at 10PM but likely half an hour later)

to see it completely empty and rather eerie.  Universidad de Sevilla was once the Tobacco Factory of Seville and was constructed between 1728 and 1771 by Sebastián Van der Bocht. Over the main entrance, the triangular facade ends in a statue of La Fama (fame). The tobacco factory reflected in the factory's architecture and surrounding Gardens. Its chapel and prison complement the main building. In the interior you find impressive stairways, fountains and Patios. It was the setting for the first act of Bizet's opera Carmen. In 1953 the factory was converted into the was then the largest industrial building in Spain. A monopoly assured high income, which is

main building of Seville University. Just behind the tobacco factory, the (9) María Luisa park borders the historic center of Seville to the south.  The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija ( The Lebrija Palace ), ( Calle Cuna ), [10] . Mo-Fr 10:30-19:30 (Jul/Aug: 09:00-15:00), Sat 10:00- 19:00 (Jul/Aug: 10:00-14:00Uhr), Sun 10:00-14:00 (Jul-Aug: closed). The palace is considered the “best paved house-palace in Europe” owing to its collection of roman mosaics, which paved practically the whole of the ground floor. There is also a collection of well parapets, vases, amphora, columns and sculptures of incalculable worth. On the upper floor you can visit the residences previously inhabited by

Casa de pilatos Jardín Grande - Bongo Vongo. (CC BY-S2.0).

the Countess and her decedents, up to only a few years ago; extremely well preserved, they are today filled with ornaments and furniture from all over the world, priceless artwork by Van Dyke, Bruegel, Alonso Cano, amongst others, as well as collections of porcelain and glass.  Casa de Pilatos . A sixteenth century

palace and generally thought to be one of the best in the city. Admission €8, free after 1PM on Tuesdays.  Palacio de Arzobispal . Located in the historical section of the city and is home to various clergy and the Archbishop. On the outside you only can catch a glimpse of the patio but on the inside there are important works of art.  Archivo General de Indias ( General Archive of the Indies ). Including Columbus's diary.  The Museo de Bellas Artes , Plaza del Museo, 9, +34 954 22 18 29, +34 954 22 07 90, [11] . Open Tu 3PM- 8PM, W-Sa 9AM- 8PM, Su 9AM- 2PM, closed Mon, free entrance for

Museums and Galleries

EU citizens. Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. The museum building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century and the fifteen exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century. The square just outside hosts an open-air art market on Sundays until around 1:30PM. Plenty of original paintings on local topics, although some not so interesting bits as well!  Museo de Carruajes , Plaza de Cuba, +34 95 427 2604. Open M- F 10AM-2PM. A small museum with carriages of various kinds. Free admission for EU citizens, €3.60 for

other nationals.  Museo del Baile Flamenco , Cristina Hoyos' Flamenco Dance Museum offers an experience for all the senses with ambiental music, videos, touch-screens and artifacts to be found in this 18th Century building at the heart of the historical Barrio Santa Cruz. On Friday and Saturday evenings a spectacular show is hosted at a discounted price for visitors to the museum at 19:03. Flamenco art and photography exhibitions are also on display as well as offering dance, singing, precussion and guitar lessons. Open all day every day from 09:00 - 19:00. [12] tel: 00.34.954.34.03.11, Address: Museo del Baile Flamenco, C/ Manuel Rojas Marcos 3, 41.004 Sevilla

 Archeology Museum , It has one of the best collections of Roman- era artifacts in Spain, brought from nearby Italica.  La Casa de la Ciencia - Science Museum, Seville , the museum is housed in the Peruvian Pavilion, a building designed by architect Manuel Piqueras Cotolí and winner of the 1929 Ibero- American Exposition. Worth the visit just for the Incan architecture, the museum currently has three permanent exhibits open to the public: Invertebrates of Andalusia, Geology of Seville, and A Sea of Cetaceans in Andalusia. The museum also contains Seville's only planetarium. Open Tue-Sun 10am- 9pm. [13] General admission:€3 Tel: +34 954 232 349, Address: Pabellón

de Perú, Avenida de María Luisa s/n, 41013, Sevilla.  Seville Aquarium , the aquarium offers the visitors a tour through 35 displays that allow them to learn about the flora and fauna that Magellan encountered during his journey back in 1519 when he was pursuing an alternative route to reach the Spice Islands. With more than 3,000 cubic meters of water, over 400 marine species and more than 7,000 specimens, the Aquarium portrays what Magellan experienced in his two year voyage. The visitor’s own journey follows a 700 metre path and it lasts about an hour and a half. The main attraction is one of the biggest tanks of sharks in Europe, which contains two million litres of water

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and a 9 metre deep cascade. Open 365 days. Info: +34 954 44 15 41 - info@acuariosevilla.es Website [14] Address: Muelle de las Delicias, Área Sur. Puerto de Sevilla, 41012, Sevilla.  Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla - A place dedicated to the Jewish-Spanish tradition and to the Sephardic memory. An Exhibition

about the Jews who inhabited the Santa Cruz neighborhood and the changes in the quarter from the Middle Ages until now; about the Sephardic women, from here and from the Diaspora; about how they kept their culture through habits and customs, songs, proverbs, tales and fables. Open: Monday to Saturday 10:30 to 15:30 and from 17:00 to 20:00; Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00. Info: +34 954 04 70 89; +34 63571 97 96; infosefarad@gmail.com; Website: [15] ; Address: 22A Ximenez de Enciso, Sevilla

Do  Semana Santa — The sombre Easter week processions feature thousands of people and go on all

week, a spectacular display of conspicuous Catholicism.  Feria de abril — A release after the somberness of Semana Santa . To say this is a huge party is an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a week’s holiday and they plan for the Fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river and covers a huge area and contains hundreds of private and public "casetas" which are laid out to form streets. Casetas are small marquees and you can only get into the private ones if invited. The public ones are large but just as much fun. The day is naturally split in two and between noon and 8PM the streets of the fair throng with horses as riders and carriages strut their stuff dressed in

traditional Spanish robes. After 8 the streets are cleared and "Calle del Inferno" comes to life. This must be one of the best funfairs in Europe and the fair is one of the best festivals in Spain and appeals to everything that’s great about Spain - Traditional dress, Flamenco dancing, guitars, Fino, great tapas and men, women and children who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away.  Go out — The nightlife of Seville is fantastic; no other European city has so many bars per inhabitant than Seville. In summer go to Isla Cartuja and find out why the Spanish night doesn't stop before 7AM. There you can find plenty of open-air discotheques. Other nightlife spots

include Calle Betis in Triana, La Alamede de Hércules, and Plaza Alfalfa.  Flamenco — Flamenco is in fact very popular at the moment in Spain and is not just for tourists, however finding the right place is hard. "Pure Flamenco" is a special tour offered by Sevilla LowCost (www.sevillalowcost.es) where you can learn the history of flamenco, taste a manzanilla wine, and enjoy a genuine flamenco show. The "Museo del Baile Flamenco" is a museum dedicated to the art and offers a wealth of knowledge, as well as performances at discounted price for museum visitors on Friday and Saturday evenings at 19:30 (www.museoflamenco.com, tel.:

00.34.954.34.03.11). El Arenal is another place to consider. The Cultural Centre (C/ Ximénez de Enciso, 28 Santa Cruz , 954 56 0670) is a good spot to see real flamenco, performances are daily at 9PM, it costs €15, €13 for students and Sevillians, €9 for kids (4 to 10). La Carboneria located in the twisty alleyways in front of the Cathedral offers free Flamenco shows nightly at 11PM  Football — Sevilla has two football teams, Sevilla FC and Real Betis. At the Sevilla FC stadium next to Plaza Nervion you can regularly catch the last 5 minutes of a game for free.  Attend a Bull Fight at the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza — Bullfighting is not a sport for all; those

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who are either squeamish or have convictions on animal welfare should stay clear, as the event usually concludes with the killing of the bull. Failing that, a visit to the arena and the attached museum of bull-fighting (€7) is well worth the time. While it is not the largest, it is considered the most attractive bull arena in Spain

due to its history.  Wander through an open-air market. Vendors in many parts of the city sell on the streets, but on Sunday, when everything else is closed, a few spots really fill up. One market is located behind the Alcampo shopping center at Ronda del Tamarguillo on Avenida de la Paz (Bus lines 30, 36 from Prado de San Sebastian), but it is easily outdone by a large flea market, selling clothes, furniture, trash, books, shoes, CDs, food, tools, and probably everything else just northwest of Triana near Avenida Carlos III (off of the left-hand side of most tourist maps).  Climb to the top of the Cerro de Carambolo for a view of the whole city. The hill is outside of the town but

can be reached on the M-170, M- 171, and M-173 from the Plaza de Armas bus station.  Take some Spanish classes to get in touch with the locals. Babylon Idiomas offers a wide range of affordable and high quality Spanish courses for all levels with experienced native teachers. They also have a combination course for those who want to learn Flamenco and Spanish at the same time. The school is located in the old centre in the neighbourhood Macarena, next to the beautiful square Alameda de Hercules. New courses start every Monday.  Sevilla Tapas Tours , [16] . Do a tapas tour - visit some of the best tapas bars in the city. It is a great

way to get to know the local food culture. One of the best ones is

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 Centro de Interpretación Judería de Sevilla , Ximenez de Enciso, 22 Ac, ☎ 635719796, [17] . 10:30- 15:00/17:00-19:30. The Centro de Interpretación Judería de Sevilla was founded in September 2012 with the objective of recuperating and publicizing the Sephardic legacy of the city and of Spain. The Centro de Interpretación is located in the center of Seville’s ancient Jewish quarter, nowadays known as the Santa Cruz neighborhood. The museum features a permanent exposition about the history of the quarter, and a series of cultural activities to suit all audiences

6,5/5.  Flamenco Box workshop , ( Not Just a Tourist ). A different way to enjoy Flamenco and learn about the Spanish rhythm through an interactive workshop that gives you the chance to learn the basics of the compass and enjoy the music at the same time in a fun way. The workshop aims at both small and large groups and ensures you a session full of music, rhythm, cultural immersion at its purest way.  Day Trip to Doñana & Atlantic Coast , ( Not Just a Tourist ), ☎ 0034657870077. Tired of the city and its monuments? Why not taking a relaxing excursion to the nearby Doñana National Park set next to the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque

village of el Rocío where your first reaction will be to fall in love with Andalusia? The tour will take you to the greenness of the park, where you can watch the birds, ride horses on the beach, have a bath in the ocean, some freshly fish with the view of one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. varieties you could check out Not Just a Tourist's website for their bespoke tapas tours in Seville or wine and olive oil tastings in the nearby towns. It's a great way to go local, explore the culture and landscape in Southern Spain and have an authentic taste of Andalusia. National and Regional Holidays  If you are up to try some tapas and discover the Spanish wine and its

Seville - Spain.  New Year’s Day January 1 st  Three King's Day January 6th. Children receive new pants and shoes from their parents.  Saint Stephen's Day January 20 th  Semana Santa (Holy Week) The week preceding Easter Sunday. Processions and floats prevalent throughout city.

 Feria de Sevilla 6 days starting 2 weeks after Easter, in 2014 6 to 11 May. All night Flamenco dancing, bullfights, dancing in the streets and horse riding, the most celebrated event in Spain.  Labour Day May 1 st  St. John's Day June 24 th  Corpus Christi June 6th. Celebrated with big parades.  St. Marta July 29 th  Assumption of Virgin Mary August 15 th  All Saints Day November 1st. Relatives lay flowers on graves.  Christmas Day December 25 th  St. Stephens Day December 26 th  Constitution Day December 6 th  Immaculate Conception December

8 th  Dia de los Santos Inocentes December 28th. Similar to the American April Fool's Day, an excuse to play innocent pranks on one another. Seville is home to many beautiful artifacts, some of the more popularly known are plates and Spanish tiles. Triana offers many ceramic factories where one can buy various tiles from authentic craftsmen. There are stores that custom design plates and tiles near the cathedral, especially in Calle Sierpes, but across the river in Triana are other worthwhile pottery stores. Depending on the time of year, but especially leading up to Christmas, there are a number of Buy

artisan fairs throughout the city.

Clothing

Seville offers a wide variety of retail clothing, although generally at high prices. The main shopping district is home to all the big international and Spanish clothing lines (such as Zara who has at least 4 separate stores in Seville). The winding streets and alleyways of the Santa Cruz area (around the Cathedral) do a roaring trade in Spanish- and Andalusian- themed T-shirts and inexpensive flamenco dresses for little girls. The Corte Ingles (translated literally to "The English Cut") is a large chain of department stores located throughout Spain selling clothes in the "American style".

 Toro de Fuego , Hernando Colon, 38 local 3, 954 215 176. An above- average and tasteful T- shirt boutique, offering a large number of variations on the popular "bull of fire" theme. Printing is high quality, the fabric is good quality and proprietor María Gutiérrez is friendly and helpful. T- shirts average €16 for all sizes.  Bershka , Popular with the younger generation, Bershka has significant presence due to their clothing line with a distinct urban, or street culture feel.  Blanco is particularly popular with young women in Spain and Europe. The trendy and free designs are colorful, comfortable and affordable.  El Corte Inglés , The main building in

Plaza del Duque has several floors of clothing. The same for the Nervión Plaza location outside the historic center.  Massimo Dutti , Men's and women's fashion chain caters to a more modern feel of clothing. The designs are formal but quite trendy and utilize excellent fabrics with urban and cosmopolitan details.  Stradivarius , Known for its original, constantly changing fashion, the designs follow the latest trends in clothing and accessories.

Eat Seville, like most Andalusian

destinations, is known for its tapas. "Tapa", while it is associated with certain dishes, is actually a size and

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many restaurants or bars will offer a tapa , 1/2 ración (half serving, although sometimes enough to make a meal) and ración (serving) of the same dish. There are many great tapas places around the foot of the cathedral in the center of town. You can't go wrong; simply order one of everything to find your favorite! Some typical tapas include tortilla

española (potato omelet), pulpo gallego (Galician octopus), aceitunas (olives), patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), and queso manchego (sheep's milk cheese from the nearby La Mancha region). Also be sure to try the ham, which you often see hanging above the bar. Be aware that most of the restaurants kitchens do not open before 20:30 in the evening. Though usually some easy to prepare meals are available before that time. Some bars near the river, such as Pedalquivir and El Faro de Triana , offer a nice view but aren't as good of a deal in terms of the quality of the food. Another would be El Patio San Eloy (San Eloy 9, Sevilla) where the tapas can be a little hit and miss, but where the cool staggered seating steps, fabulous décor and fruity sangria; provide a

wonderful respite from the heat of the day. A good deal can more easily be had at less characteristic places such as Sloppy Joe's Pizza Inn and Papasá . For the most typical and interesting meal, stop at one of the many bars, especially one which doesn't offer English menus (the prices are likely to be lower). If you're vegetarian, make sure you specify that you eat no fish or tuna as vegetarian only implies no flesh here. A place with a very good selection of vegetarian and vegan foods is Habanita , a quiet open air restaurant in the center of the city. If you would like to purchase your own food, head down to one of the markets close to the center of the city, such as in Plaza Encarnación. El Corte Inglés is a

larger more popular department store that you can go to for almost every need. Do NOT eat the oranges from the trees on the street if you are visiting off season. They are extremely sour and have been sprayed to stop the birds from eating them. food/tapas tour or Spanish cooking class. Foodie&Tours [18] offers various great activities, including a cooking class with a visit to the Triana Market, tapas tour of the most authentic restaurants of Seville, Spanish wine tasting, and more. Another amazing place for tapas is the Taberna Coloniales located in Plaza Cristo de Burgos 19. The place is cozy and has only a few tables. Go there A fun way to discover Seville & Andalusian cuisine is through a

early to put your name on the board to get a table, then head inside for a couple of beers. Portions are large and food is very very good. Nice homemade desserts, too.  M.A.S and Dia . These are two very popular grocery stores and have everything you need for much less money than El Corte Ingles. Additionally, Dia has its own discount brand on a lot of items. Though they are closed on Sundays (like most everything else in Sevilla) they are located throughout the city and are very easily accessible.  Levies , Calle San José, 15 41004 Sevilla, Spain, ☎ 954 225 096. L-J de 20:00 a 2:00 / V-D de 20:00 a 3:00. Levies is a set of three

restaurants in one small plaza, sharing table space and menus. The original Levies is a great tapas restaurant with great prices and wonderful, inexpensive jarras of sangria. The Taberna has a different menu and offers tapas as well as more mexican-inspired dishes such as burritos and nachos. The third Levies is their wine and drinks bar and is also recommendable.  Rodilla , [19] . 12-8. Rodilla is a great place to get lunch, they serve up sandwiches in the form of tapas. They have a large selection of sandwiches, fresh squeezed oj, and great cafe con leche. There are two locations in Seville, one close to the cathedral and the one I prefer is conveniently located just outside of

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the Barrio Santa Cruz area. Rodilla is inexpensive, and can also be a great option if you a vegetarian. $4.  Las Teresas , Calle Santa Teresa, 2, 41004 Seville, Spain ( In the central Santa Cruz district ), ☎ 954 21 30 69. Hanging hams and moderately- priced tapas. Drinks. Tourists and locals. Nice atmosphere.

 The Room Art Cuisine , calle cuesta del Rosario, 15 ( Right on Alfalfa area ), ☎ 619200946, [20] . Mond to Friday from 9AM to 1AM (nonstop); Sat. from 1PM to midnight; Sun. from 1PM to 7PM (always nonstop). The Room Art Cuisine’s bold menu invites guests to share tapas, try a blend of tasteful flavors, and enjoy signature Spanish wines in a relaxed, modern and artistic setting in the heart of Sevilla’s city center. €4 to €9.  Couchsurfing Sevilla Community meets at least once a week at Revuelto´s Meeting. Every Friday at 10:00PM in Tha Clan Bar, Calle Adriano, 3 Sevilla. Make sure you ask

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for the CS discounts ;-) - Update 06/2010, The CS meeting apparently doesn't meet here anymore. It's on Wednesdays elsewhere. Check the CS Sevilla group for current listings.  There are quite a few teterias in Triana across the river offering teas, shakes and middle eastern pastries in a cozy cushion filled environment.  Across from the cathedral sits a coffee shop called Cafe de Indias where you can buy delicious chocolate shakes and coffees. Down the street is a patisserie shop selling chocolate covered palmeras, a wonderful afternoon treat after a long day touring the sites. There are many coffee shops and patisserie shops in Seville, particularly in Calle Asunción in Los Remedios. Café de Indias,

Starbucks and other franchises have descended lately on the city and are a good option in an emergency, but you can get a decent coffee in most local bars. For an up-market classic, visit La Campana , at the end of calle Sierpes.  Don't miss Cervecería La Internacional , one of the best beer shops in Spain. More than 250 types of beer, wonderful tapas and good connections. It's located in Calle Barcelona, just 1 minute away from Plaza Nueva, near the Town Hall. However, do not get confused, it is international, meaning, not typically Sevillano.  Sangría (an alcoholic fruit punch) is often sought by tourists, but Tinto de Verano (a mix of red wine and lemon

or orange soda) is more authentic, has less alcohol, and is often cheaper.  Cruzcampo, the local beer, is worth trying. Compared to other Spaniards, Sevillanos consume more beer and less wine.  The tap water in Seville is good.  Agua de Sevilla is sometimes thought of as a popular drink in Seville, but you will never see a person from Seville drinking it, despite all the tourists drinking it as if it were something popular.  Levies , Calle San José, 15 41004 Sevilla, Spain ( 954 225 096 ). L-J de 20:00 a 2:00 / V-D de 20:00 a 3:00. Levies is a set of three restaurants in one small plaza, sharing table space and menus. The original Levies is a

great tapas restaurant with great prices and wonderful, inexpensive jarras of sangria. The Taberna has a different menu and offers tapas as well as more Mexican-inspired dishes such as burritos and nachos. The third Levies is their wine and drinks bar and is also recommendable.  Bar Tapacopa , Amor de Dios, 64 41002 Sevilla, Spain ( 954 902 234 ). 15:00 a 3:00. Tapacopa is a popular bar, which attracts both tourists and locals, located just off the lively Alameda de Hércules. It is often busy on Friday and Saturday nights but there is ample outside seating available. One of the main draws of this bar is that botellínes (275ml bottles of Alhambra or Cruzcampo, depending on availability) are

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available for €0.70. Draught beer is also available, along with a wide selection of wines and spirits, as well as 5€ Cocktail jugs. In addition, there are a wide variety of tasty tapas, as you would expect from the name.  The Room ( Art Cuisine ), Calle Cuesta del Rosario, 15 ( Alfalfa Aera ),

☎ 619200946, [21] . Monday to Friday from 9AM to midnight, then Saturday from 1PM to midnight. And Sunday from 1PM to 7PM. The Room creates a colorful and diverse medley of dishes, creating its award-winning and trademarked modern cuisine that takes you on a culinary world tour. Combining the best fare of our world’s cuisines and Spain’s finest wines, The Room Art Cuisine will surely excite your taste buds. 4 to 9euros.  MOSS LOUNGE BAR , Plaza de la Encarnación. Espacio Metropol/Parasol. Las Setas de Sevilla (bajo la escalera principal)., [22] . Moss lounge bar, the only terrace bar in the center of Seville located in a magnificent spot which

offers great music and a variety of drinks including exclusive cocktails. Its design makes it unique: semi- enclosed space with terrace, 11- meter-bar area and sofas inside. A very special place to enjoy the long evenings and nights in Seville.

Sleep Seville is an emblematic city of Andalusia whose charm is known around the world. Culture, gastronomy, architecture, climate, mentality and lifestyle are dreaming all travelers. You can find many charming corners, unsuspected views of the city or exceptional locations close the most beautiful historical monuments. There are many beautiful and unexpected

accommodations accessible for short and medium stay. Accommodation prices change with the tourist seasons. High season is April, May, September & October, Semana Santa, and Feria; mid- season is March & June. Visits are recommended in November. Prices are not too high and weather is neither too hot nor cold. For a more intimate experience on a budget, wander into Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter, and you will find wonderful "pensiones" offering comfy beds and typical courtyard views. Most places have air conditioning but be sure to ask in summer, you will want it. You will probably pass the siesta (early afternoon) in your room to escape

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Sevillanos are famous for their nightlife so if you don't plan to be out at all hours yourself, you may want to seek out accommodation on a quiet street (that is, without too many bars and restaurants). Alternately, ask for a room set back from the street. While a view of the passing traffic may be pleasant by day, you will appreciate the relative quiet at night. Hostels are a wise choice for the unplanned trip. There are many nice hostels located all over the city. You can sleep dorm style with up to 10 beds in a room sharing a common bathroom or for a little more money you can stay in a single bed with your own bathroom.

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 Oasis Backpackers' Palace Seville ,

Calle Almirante Ulloa 1, ( palace@hostelsoasis.com ) , [23] . Set smack into an ancient Sevillian Palace, the newest Oasis Hostel has it all. Spacious dorms in all sizes that came with up to 2 bathrooms per room, free lockers to put your backpack in and free linen. An amazing roof- top terrace with chill- out bar and swimming pool to overlook Seville, guest kitchen, breakfast for three euros and free internet/ wifi. What else could you want? It is definitely equipped for big groups. Email for group requests. Beds from €11.  B&B Naranjo Address: C/San Roque, 11 - phone +34 954 22 58 40 [24] Rooms from 35.- €. Free Breakfast! Internet Corner & Wi- Fi

Antiguo Convento PP Terceros - Maitedelpozo. (CC BY-SA 3.0 ES).

Connection! The best price in the historical and monumental centre of Seville. It is a typical sevillian house, 50 M. from the Fine Art Museum and Sierpes Street. Surrounded by the most emblematic monuments of the city. In this B&B you will find private rooms for up to 5 people in Andalusian traditional style, with

Private Bath, Amenities, Air conditioning, Heating, Television, Telephone, Piped Music, etc. Public parking is nearby at Plaza de Armas with discounts for clients.  Hotel Zaida [25] C/San Roque, 26. Located in a renovated casa- palacio, Hotel Zaida will allow guests to enjoy themselves with a 17th century feel while still having all the modern amenities. The hotel is close to the main shopping district and the Museum of Fine Arts for plenty to do. All of the rooms are large and have windows overlooking the street below.  Hotel Abril [26] C/Jerónimo Hernandez, 20. T 0034954229046. Your best choice in Seville. Small, friendly hotel situated in the historical

and monumental center of Seville. Just near the new construction Metropol Parasol and nearby the Alameda Square (a must for nightlife). All the comfortable rooms offer Air conditioning, Heating, TV, Telephone, Safety Box. The hotel offers for FREE: Coffee Shop all day long and Wi-Fi Connection.  Triana Backpackers , C/Rodrigo de Triana 69, ☎ +34 954 45 99 60 ( sevillatriana@gmail.com ) , [27] . check in: 13.00; checkout: 12.00. Definitely among the prettier hostels in the world, with a fantastic aula tiled with painted ceramic tiles, and green plants among cozy sofas, it also has very nice roof terrace with hammocks. Rooms are pretty standard for a hostel with most rooms

having iron bunk beds, safety boxes and rather crammed space. Free breakfast and 3 (slow) computers with internet access. It's 3 blocks up from the Guadalqevir river, in a nice neighbourhood with narrow streets and old houses, with Puerta Jerez and the Cathedral about a 15 minutes away by foot. €14-21.  Hostel Nuevo Suizo [28] C/Azofaifo 7. T 003495229147. info@nuevosuizo.com. — Located in the very heart of Seville, it has free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and if the room or bed is available, you can check in early and check out late.  Oasis Backpackers' Hostel , Plaza Encarnacion 29 1/2, ☎ (+34) 954 293 777 ( sevilla@hostelsoasis.com ), [29] . The oldest backpackers' hostel

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