Sevilla Unveiled: Spain's Enchanting Gem

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  • Sevilla

  • Spain

  • Arts & Culture

  • Adventure Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Architecture

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Nestled in the heart of Andalucía, Sevilla radiates an irresistible allure that beckons travelers from around the globe. It is a place where past and present intertwine harmoniously, where traditions are honored and innovation is embraced. From eating tapas, wandering the cobblestone streets to climbing the Giralda or watching a bull fight this city has something for everyone. Sevilla's blend of tradition and innovation creates an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit, capturing the spirit of a city where history, art, and passion meet.

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Where to stay in Sevilla, Spain

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Hotel Colón Gran Meliá

Iconic hotel that reflects both the culture and the essence of Seville wrapped in a modern palatial style.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

Classic Sevillan style and service in the city center, 151 rooms and suites, a statement lobby and tranquil courtyard restaurant.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Hotel Palacio de Villapanés

Seville’s premier stay, housed in an 18th-century home, reflects the dynamic culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.

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  • Extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Sevilla, Spain

city on a river

Barrio de Triana: Located on the other side of the Guadalquivir River with tons of restaurants, bars and ceramic shops. Calle Betis is one of the busier streets with lots of live music and tapas.

Barrio Santa Cruz (also known as the Jewish Quarter): The oldest part of Sevilla being built by the Romans in the 1st century BC. It is close to the Alcazar, Catedral and the old city wall.

La Alameda: This is one of Sevilla's trendiest barrios with tons of tapas bars, cafes, art galleries and vintage shops.


Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Royal Alcazar): The oldest royal palace in Europe dating back to the 11th century utilized by both the Christians and Muslims. Also, Star Wars and Game of Thrones were filmed here!

Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda: La Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede is a gothic style church in the center of Seville. La Giralda used to be a part of the mosque, but was converted into the church's bell tower. It is definitely worth the climb to the top!

Setas de Sevilla ('The Mushrooms'): A modern wooden structure that is very controversial with the locals but the views are amazing.

Parque de Maria Luisa & Plaza de Espana: A beautiful park with a Moorish style and was the site of the World's Fair in 1929.

Plaza de Toros: Traditional Spanish bullring and has one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world. You can tour the bullring as well

Day trips

Cadiz: Great off-the-beaten-path beach town about an hour from Sevilla.

Gibraltar: Uniquely home to the only wild monkey population in all of Europe. Get stunning views of Africa from the Rock of Gibraltar about 2 hours from Sevilla and technically a British Territory.

Ronda: Perched atop the dramatic El Tajo gorge with breathtaking views. The quaint pueblo blanco (white town) is about 2 hours from Sevilla.

Cordoba: This city is packed with religious history from the famous Mezquita and the Catedral. Only a quick 45-minute train ride from Sevilla.

Places to eat & drink in Sevilla, Spain

plaza with outdoor restaurant


  • La Carboneria: Hidden flamenco bar.

  • La Terraza de EME: Rooftop bar with great views of La Giralda.

  • Calle Alfalfa: Small street with tons of bars, great for a night out!


  • Mercado de Lonja del Barranco: Great market with tons of food stalls and bars right on the river.

  • Mercado del Arenal: Market selling fresh produce in the center of the city.

  • Mercado de Triana: Quaint indoor bazaar with a museum inside.


  • Bodeguito Romero: Order their montaditos (small sandwiches).

  • El Rinconcillo: 17th-century classic Spanish tapas bar with classic and oldest tapas in Seville. Stand at their bar to order tapas, their specialties are espinacas y garbanzo and carillada.

  • Espacio Eslava: One of the most famous contemporary tapas bars in Seville. Try the gazpacho.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Annie Decker's guide, Discovering Seville: Flamenco, Architecture and Southern Spanish Charm. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Sevilla.

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