The Spanish city of Seville is one of the most popular in the country, situated just behind Barcelona and Madrid in terms of visitor numbers. It offers fantastic temperatures for most of the year and lends itself perfectly to a short city break. If you are planning a trip to the capital of Andalusia, you shouldn’t leave without doing the following activities.
Learning About The Bullfighting Culture
Seville has a long tradition of bullfighting and one of the most beautiful rings in the whole of Spain. La Maestranza and its attached museum are great places to learn about the history of this art and will even give you the opportunity to watch a fight during your trip. If you are planning to do so, be sure to look at the schedule before you go so that you know there will definitely be an event happening whilst you are there. Bullfighting season runs from March to October, with a popular festival taking place in April.
Seeing The City From Las Setas
Las Setas, or ‘the mushrooms’ as they are known in English, is a regeneration project within the city that brought to life an area that had been left unloved. Officially called the Metropol Parasol, it is made up of six mushroom-like structures that join together to form the largest free-standing timber complex in the world. There is a rooftop walkway that offers fantastic views over the city and a museum underneath which displays the fascinating Roman artefacts that were unearthed during its construction.
Tasting The Tapas
During your brief stay in Seville, it is definitely worth sampling some of the tapas on offer. These small dishes are a way of life here and the city has a few specialities up its sleeve. As well as generic plates, you are likely to find fried cuttlefish, lambs kidneys cooked in a sherry sauce and delicious serranito sandwiches. Head to El Rinconcillo, the oldest restaurant in Seville, for a traditional lunch that you won’t forget.
Taking A Foray Into The World Of Flamenco
Another local tradition that you should look into during your Seville city break is that of flamenco. This passionate dance is said to have originated in this part of Spain and so there are plenty of places to learn a few steps for yourself or watch the professionals show you how it’s done. A number of Tablaos (flamenco venues) offer dinner and dancing shows but you can also catch more informal performances in bars and restaurants.
Seeing More Of The Moorish Architecture
The North African Moors ruled Seville from the 8th to the 13th century and much of their influence can still be seen in the city today. Not only did they introduce the idea of having miniature water fountains in the courtyards of the houses, they also built part of the palace known as the Alcazar and the Giralda Bell Tower of the Seville cathedral.
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