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Seville, the most Spanish of cities

A May 2002 trip to Seville by DT

Quote: Seville is a very “Spanish” city. When you think of Spain, one thinks of cobblestone streets, towering cathedrals, bullfights, sherry wine, flamenco dancers and traditional Spanish foods. All of these are at their best in Seville.

Seville, the most Spanish of cities

Overview

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There are so many tapas bars and local eateries, I lost count. Most of them were very good. The Serrano ham, Manchengo cheese, and olives are always great. Try some of the local favorites: bull’s tail, Spanish omelet, langoustines, and grilled grouper. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like. The citrus was especially good.

If you have a chance, go to a bullfight. It will be rich in Spanish culture. Be prepared; the bullfights aren't for the weak of heart.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

The taxis are inexpensive and they are everywhere. You should walk in the old part of Selville. It is easy to get around.

Los Seises

Hotel

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The Los Seises is a 4 star hotel a few blocks from the Giralda. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the restaurant was very tasty. The restaurant has an on going excavation in the middle of the tables. The rooftop has a pool, which is small, but the view of the Giralda will take your breath away. The hotel is centrally located near all the cafés and bars. The hotel is fairly mediocre after those high points

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Los Seises
Calle Segovias, 6
Seville, Spain 41004
+34 95 422 94 95

Europa

Hotel

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The Hotel Europa was a 1 star hotel. It had a great location and the room was clean, but that was it. The staff was friendly and helpful. We didn’t spend any time in the room so it sufficed, but the amenities were limited. You get what you pay for. Unfortunately, Seville is a relatively expensive city. This hotel was a basic one star hotel and it still was 80 Euros. The Hotel Simon down the block was recommended. It didn’t really seem any nicer. It books up quick.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Europa
Jimios 5 - 41001 Sevilla
Seville, Spain
+ 34 95 450-0443

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The Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a 4 star hotel a little off of the beaten path. It is a good walk to get to the Giralda and the touristy area. However, the hotel is very quiet and the hotel itself is extremely nice. The rooms have great furnishings and the bathrooms are modern and nicely equipped. The staff was fantastic. The restaurant was also good. I enjoyed this hotel more than the Los Seises, which was also a 4 star. I just wish the location was a bit better.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

The Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
by the university
Seville, Spain

Plaza de España

Attraction | "Plaza de Espana"

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The Plaza de Espana is a grand collection of beautiful Spanish civic buildings with a nice fountain in the middle. There is also a lake that you can paddle around on. A great photo opportunity. It’s worth the walk.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Plaza de España
Glorieta de Anibal González, s/n
Sevilla, Spain 41013
+34 95 4239909

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede

Attraction | "The cathedral"

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The Giralda cathedral is the second largest in Europe. It is as grand and as old as any in Europe. It is the jewel of Spain. The inside is dark and gloomy, but the altar and stature in the sanctuaries are beautiful. You will never get tired of looking at the architecture of the building itself. I would say it is a must see, but you can see it from all over the city.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede
Plaza del Triunfo, Avenida de la Constitucion
Seville, Spain

Alcazar

Attraction

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This was the old military center back when Spain was the most powerful country in the world. They give tours or one can just walk around. The gardens are beautiful. Well worth the time. It only a couple blocks away from the Giralda.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Alcazar
Plaza del Triunfo 7
Seville, Spain

Arenal

Attraction | "El Arenal"

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El Arenal is the best place to see Flamenco dancing. It is a bit touristy because they sell tickets at the hotel. It is difficult to find, bring a map. I am not sure how much it was because we just walked up to the door. My fiance' speaks Spanish and they welcomed us in and gave us a great table. Your cover will get you one drink. They also serve dinner. A great show.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2002

Arenal
Rodo, 7
Sevilla, Spain 41001
+34 95 4216492

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The sherry wine is a staple in Seville. Many people start off with a light fino sherry and end the evening with an oloroso or amontillado sherry. They go great with all tapas. All are great; try a few to see which ones fit your tastes. Unlike the States, most are dry and not sweet.