The Best of Seville, Spain: A 4-Day Itinerary
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If you truly want to visit a city that gives you a sense of Spain and its culture, Seville is your destination. This southern Spanish capital is famous for the most beautiful churches, historic palaces and flamenco dancing. The southern area of Spain tends to be more relaxed than the bustling cities of Madrid and Barcelona; furthermore, Seville allows you to capture the essence of Spain at a relaxing pace. With so many things to do and places to see, you will not be disappointed when you visit this Andalusian gem.
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Day 1: Grab a Cafecito
You will likely get into Seville midday and I recommend checking in to the hotel and maybe taking the time to get your siesta in. Seville tends to shut down from 2-6pm for lunch and siesta time. Now a Spanish siesta doesn't always mean a nap, but it is a time to relax.
Around 6pm, I would head to La Campana in the city center and grab a cafecito and pastry. My favorite pastry was the Tarta San Marcos. Dinner service does not begin till 9pm in the city so grab that coffee and take a stroll around the Santa Cruz Barrio in the city center.
Day 2: Visit The Alcazar and Plaza de Espana
Today you will hit the ground running and head to The Alcazar of Seville, which is the Royal Palace in Seville. I like to come here in the mornings because there is usually a long line as the day goes on. Fun fact: this palace was used for multiple Game of Thrones scenes and many fans come here to see it in person.
At sunset, visit the plaza de Espana and see the sun glisten on this beautiful and grand plaza. The artwork and gardens surrounding this area are beautiful and sometimes you will see a spontaneous flamenco show in the plaza.
On the way back from the plaza, I recommend walking along the Guadalquivir River and having dinner at Unos de Delicias. Get the Tortilla de Patata and a Tinto de Verano. Despite popular beliefs, Sangria is not the drink of Spain, but rather tinto de verano. It is half red wine and lemon soda.
Day 3: Explore the Cathedral and see Flamenco come to life
This Cathedral is most famous as it is a burial site for Christopher Columbus, who sailed to the New World from Sevilla. Furthermore, there is a beautiful view of the city from the top of the Giralda. Beware, it is a long way to the top so wear your comfortable shoes on this day.
For lunch, I would eat at one of my favorite tapas restaurants, which is Ovejas Negras. It is a small tapas bar but had some of the most delicious food.
In the evening, the Casa del Flamenco has the best flamenco show I have ever seen. Seville is the city which the beautiful and technical dance originated from. Even if you are not familiar with the dance, it is a great way to truly understand the culture of this city.
Day 4: Stroll through Triana
Triana is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Seville. Cross the Puente de Isabel and head to the famous Triana market. This market brings together local Spanish produce and you can even take a paella cooking class at the Taller Andaluz de Cocina. This class is located in the market and you get a tasty meal at the end of it.
Next to the market are great ceramic shops where you can buy some gifts to take home. My favorite store was Ceramica Triana. If you prefer, they will make custom ceramics and ship them back home to you.
A note from Nataliya
If you have the time, I would take a day trip to Cordoba, Cadiz or Rhonda. These pueblos really capture the beauty of Spain and its rich history. The train is very reliable to get from cities to pueblos if you cannot rent a car.
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