The Sun is Always Shining in Seville, Spain

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, Seville, Spain. Photo by Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash

One of the gems of southern Spain is the city of Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region. The first impression you will get when you arrive to Seville is simply “wow”.

The architecture of the city is so ornate and full of color, which truly makes everything you see feel like an important landmark. Every street has a personality and you could get lost wandering around and be perfectly content.

Come experience the dreamy world of Seville and you won’t be disappointed.

What to Do

While most Spanish cities have a Plaza de Espa帽a, none are quite like the one in Seville. The massive square is full of hidden gems beyond the ginormous building that stretches along the periphery. From the lampposts to the benches, everything in the plaza is tiled, beautiful, and quite striking.

Plaza de Espa帽a is actually located inside a park called the Maria Luisa Park, and it is definitely worth taking some time to explore. There is so much stunning vegetation, and many gazebos and pergolas to escape the Andalusian sun.

Running down the middle of the city is the River Guadalquivir, and its waters are quite mystifying. Take a walk alongside it on the promenade, stop in at a cafe for a drink and take in the view, or even go on a river cruise and see Seville from a totally different perspective.

A great place to take pictures of the river is from the Triana Bridge which has a lot of cafes next to it as well.

Plaza de San Francisco is another must-see site in the city. It has been the center of Seville, in terms of politics as well as history, since the 16th century. Now, it is the meeting point of several festivals and home to gorgeous colorful buildings.

Food and Nightlife

If you love food, then you have to stop in at the Mercado de Triana, which is a haven for fresh, traditional foods. The market has produce vendors where you can get delicious fruits and vegetables, but also tons of restaurants and cafes to enjoy.

A lot of people think sangria is the main drink of Seville, and while that’s true, there’s another beverage that you need to try: vermouth. This fortified wine is served over ice and usually with an orange wedge. This is the drink the locals actually partake in, so give it a try! A good place to taste it is at Casa Morales which has been around since the mid-19th century.

One of the most famous cafes in the city is called El Rinconcillo, and it serves traditional Spanish food. This spot is actually the oldest bar in Seville, said to have been established in 1670. This, along with delicious tapas and a lively environment make this spot a must-visit.

Fianlly, you can’t go to Seville and not experience flamenco. Flamenco is a style of dance with costumes, traditional music, singing, clapping, and melodic stomping. There are tons of places to see flamenco, but if you want to see it for free, you have to go to La Carboneria. This bar only has a small stage for the dancer, so make sure that you get there well before the show to snag a seat. It’s also cash only at the bar, so come prepared!