Continuing our journey through Spain we have arrived at Seville, the capital of the Andalusian region. Seville is known for its beautiful ceramic tiles and delicious food, which we found plenty of! Like Córdoba, Seville was really pretty to walk around but it’s a much bigger city. The main site is the beautiful Alcázar of Seville made even more famous as a filming location for Game of Thrones. I bought one of my favourite souviners here, a little antique ceramic tile from Ceramica RUIZ. If you’re ceramic shopping there is also Ceramic Art Santa Ana right next door.
What To Do in Seville
Walking around Seville is so beautiful and there is so much life and energy. Seville is a really popular city so if you really want to visit a site make sure you book in advance. I made the mistake of thinking showing up at opening would be okay but I was sorely mistaken, the lines were intense!
Plaza de España was my favourite part of Seville and it was completely free! This big plaza was built for the 1929 Spanish-American Exhibition and each Spanish province is represented in the tiles that cover the space. Just walking around and looking at all the details was amazing. Attached to the plaza is Parque de María Luisa, a huge public park with interesting little garden areas, ponds, fountains and sculptures.
The Alcázar of Seville is the main site in Seville and it is a must see! Book ahead because like I said I made the mistake of thinking just showing up a bit before opening would be okay but the line was so long! We waited for 30 mins and it didn’t even move so I just pulled out my phone and booked tickets for later in the afternoon which worked out really well since it ended up raining in the morning.
With nothing to do on the morning we had planned to visit the Alcazar we ended up visiting the Maestranza, one of the oldest and largest bullrings in the world. Although I don’t support bullfighting it was really interesting to visit as it is such an important part of the history of Seville. The only way to visit is by taking a scheduled audio guide tour. They do this so that they don’t have to run tours in several different languages, instead they just give everyone an audio guide and lead you through the exhibition spaces and bullring.
The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden sculpture in the world and you can walk on top of it! The structure is nicknamed “The Mushroom” because of it’s odd shape. We hadn’t planned on actually going up but we had some time to kill before dinner and I’m glad we went up because you get a beautiful view of the city.
What To Eat in Seville
Seville is known for its food and it’s one of the reasons why it’s been labeled as a must visit destination. We really loved the places we visited although we didn’t really go to many over the day and half we spent in the city.
Torch Coffee Roasters – this place became our go-to for breakfast and lunch. The food was delicious and fresh, the coffee was good and this was the only place in all of Spain were I was able to find an iced tea, which was much needed in the 30 degree weather.
El Rinconcillo – this tapas bar claims to be the oldest in Spain having been open since 1670! It’s a very traditional tapas bar with good food popular with tourist and locals alike. Elbow your way up to the bar, order a glass of wine and a small plate. The old men behind the bar keep track of what you’ve ordered with chalk on the old bar. Be careful not to stand under the legs of ham that hang above though, the oils and fats tend to drip.
Ovejas Negras – this is the contemporary face of tapas in Seville. Get there when it opens or even earlier or else you’ll be waiting for a while. Everything we had was amazing and the wine was really good.