The Ultimate Self-Guided Tapas Tour in Seville, Spain
Arts & Culture
Tapas are more than just a culinary tradition in Southern Spain; they're a way of life. These small, flavorful dishes represent the heart and soul of Spanish culture, encouraging communal dining and leisurely conversations. In Seville, the tapas scene thrives, offering a vibrant array of flavors and experiences. There's no better way to get a taste of the city than through a tapas tour!
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Where to stay in Seville, Spain
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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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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Hotel Colón Gran Meliá
Iconic hotel that reflects both the culture and the essence of Seville wrapped in a modern palatial style.
Complimentary lunch / dinner for two.
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Places to eat & drink in Seville, Spain
Kick off your tapas adventure at El Commercio. They are known for their churros and they servce the local beer in ice cold terra cotta mugs- just like the old days!
Next stop, Patio San Eloy (the original on Calle San Eloy!) This bustling tapas bar is known for its energy and array of choices. Grab a couple tapas and a cana (small beer like a local) and take a seat up on the authentic steps.
Venture to La Fresquita for a truly local experience. The place is tiny, but if you can't get a spot at the standing room-only bar, you can enjoy your tapas and drinks in the street. The inside is a shrine to Semana Santa (Holy Week) and it just oozes Sevilla's culture. Grab a tapa and Tinto de Verano and enjoy!
Bar Alfalfa sits on one of my favorite little squares and is muy typico of Seville. All of their tapas are awesome and you'll be surrounded by locals.
This bar's claim to fame is that it's the oldest bar in Europe. It is so classic, filled with locals, and the tapas are awesome. Stand at the bar with a local sherry and watch the mesero slice the jamon behind the bar.
Tapas to try
Espinacas con garbanzos (spinach and garbanzo beans)
Salmorejo (Creamy gazpacho)
Jamon de Iberico (their famous ham!)
Cazon en adobo (marinated and fried dog fish)
Pringa montadito (little sandwich with pulled pork)
Canas (small beers- there's only one real type)
Cruz Campo or Tinto de Verano- a refreshing wine and club soda drink!)
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