Ahh Sevilla! My favorite city in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Sevilla is rich in history, hot in temperature, and the best place to tapeo (yes - it's a noun!). My only regret is that we only had a short two days to spend in this wonderful place. Read on to find out how we made the best use of our forty eight hours and where to go for the best paella and flamenco.
Day 1 - Tapas & Flamenco
We arrived in the late afternoon in May, and already the temperature was at 36°C - Seville (or Sevilla as locals call it) is the hottest city in Europe. So remember to pack some light-weight summery pieces and get ready to paint the town red.
Where to Stay
We checked into our rental in the Historic Center. I cannot recommend staying in this area more! Especially if you only have a short stop-over like us. It's walking distance to the Real Alcazar, the Plaza de Espana, the Military Historical Museum of Seville - and there is no shortage of tapas and flamenco bars.
How to Get Around
We arrived via bus from Portugal. They dropped us off at the central terminal and we ordered an Uber to get from there to our AirBnB. Other than the Uber rides to and from the terminal, we went everywhere on foot. The city center is definitely much more walk-able than it is accessible by car.
Time to Tapeo
After we settled in - which was super easy having several mini and super markets around the area. It was time to taste the city - and what better way than to sip wine, sangria, sherry and sample the dozens of tapas we can get our hands on. We heard great things about local tapas bar called Las Teresas - it was a five minute walk from our apartment. And I wish I could eat there every day! We saw a small group in a tapa and sherry tour taking in a few bites and sips at this restaurant - so one may think it's too touristy or the local guides may know a thing or two about their tapas. Either way, we ordered what they ordered and we were happy customers!
Time to Boogey - or rather Flamenco! 💃
I must admit that the one thing I was looking forward to the most when planning our visit to Seville was seeing a flamenco show in real life! It was hands-down one of the best live performances I have seen! And those who know me well, know that I love live shows. The expression of passion, pain, love, ambition. I didn't understand a single word but I felt the emotions. There were so many to choose from - and I spent nights and nights researching. I settled on Los Gallos - it's a small rustic theater, with a single stage. I highly recommend paying this bar a visit.
After the show we strolled around the historic center and joined in on the fun and jubilant nightlife. I also got a really good night's rest. Stay tuned for Part II of this post to find out how to spend the remaining 36 hours in Sevilla.
What to Wear
It was so hot out - I just opted for an off-the-shoulder top and high-waisted shorts with some good accessories. Most folks were pretty casual everywhere we went and a good pair of walking shoes is a must. The bus ride was long - so whether you're flying, taking the train or the bus - having a few things to make your ride comfortable is important. Check out my favorite travel accessories here.
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