Spain: Sevilla 48 Hours
Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia and one of the largest historical centers in Europe.
Upon your arrival in Sevilla, you will be met by your guide and taken the Barrio Santa Cruz in the historical center of Seville, where you will check into your accommodation for the next two nights. This charming hotel housed in a series of houses and palaces, connected through a series of patios and walkways. The buildings are rich in history and the Andalucian style, a reflection of the Spanish nobility who once strolled among the flowers, courtyards, fountains and wrought iron gates.
After check-in, you will meet with your guide at a nearby café for a brief overview on Sevilla and what you’ll be doing during your stay over the next two days. The birthplace of Velazquez, Murillo and Valdés Leal, Sevilla is a city of artistic splendor and color. Universally known for it’s striking vitality, the city is alive, as are the vibrant and extroverted Sevillanos.
Before dinner, take some time to explore the city on your own. Barrio Santa Cruz is the oldest neighborhood in the city, a maze of narrow alleys and winding streets, with picturesque plazas lined with orange trees.
We recommend dinner at Sevilla’s famous fusion restaurant serving dinner in a uniquely decorated space with an open kitchen. The restaurant boasts a small menu with two or three fixed dishes, while the rest of the menu changes daily depending on what’s in season and looks fresh at the market.
If you’d like to continue your night, you’re certainly in the right place. Sevilla is one of Spain’s liveliest cities at night. Flamenco venues, cocktail bars and discos line certain streets without the neighborhood, and we will provide you with a list of the best nightlife that Sevilla has to offer.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by your guide with whom you’ll spend the day exploring Sevilla. With royal palaces, a Jewish quarter and one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe, the beauty and diversity of a city so small is staggering.
Lunch in the Alfalfa district of the city, where we’ll suggest one of Sevilla’s most renowned tapas bars, known especially for their solomillo sauces. You’ll enjoy different tapas and raciónes portions of the typical Andalucian food that this restaurant has to offer.
Whatever your stand on bullfighting may be, there is no doubt that Sevilla’s Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is one of the best venues in the world to see a corrida. The history of bullfighting dates back to the 15th century as an exclusive event for the royal family, and has become a highly respected tradition in Spain. The Plaza de Toros in Sevilla is one of the oldest and most important in Spain, originally constructed in the late 17th century. For those who may not be able to stomach the bullfight, the venue has a famous museum tracing the history of corrida that is well worth a visit.
Our dinner suggestion is a restaurant that has been a longtime favorite among Sevillanos, providing guests with a local vibe and an original tapas dining experience.
To continue your night head to Sevilla’s oldest bar, founded in 1670. The mahogany bar, Moorish brickwork and tiling and the impressive collection of antique liquor bottles give a real sense of the centuries of history behind the establishment.
Meet for breakfast at Horno San Buenaventura, a nearby café serving up the best coffee in Sevilla and a wide array of freshly baked breads and pastries—try a palmera de chocolate for a real treat.
Head to the Plaza de España, built in 1928 in Maria Luisa Park. A mix of 1920s art deco and mudéjar styles, the plaza is encompassed by a half-circle of large government buildings, all lined with tiled alcoves each representing a different province of Spain.
Before your departure, you’ll pick up lunch at the oldest market in Sevilla, with an entirely organic food stand towards the back of the market from which you’ll choose an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, juices and meats for an outdoor lunch, after which you’ll return to your hotel for checkout.
Return to the train station by taxi, in time to meet your return train to Madrid where you will connect with your return flight, or continue on to your next destination.
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