Seville

A trip to a town full of history, home to the Spanish Pompei and hoching with tapas restaurants. Seville was the gateway to the Spanish conquest of the Americas and much of the gold came through its port. The town has many fine buildings and churches. Hadrian who built the wall between England and Scotland was born here and Christopher Columbus is buried in the main church.

The tourist site is excellent and highlights many things to do here at https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/official-webguide-seville

Bike hire is possible from many places – Bike Renting in Seville (PDF)

Regional railway map is http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/planos/sevilla.png

Restaurants

El Rinconcillo is the oldest bar in the city and opened in 1670.

La Brunilda Tapas at Calle Galera, 5, 41002 Sevilla.

Las Teresas at Calle Sta. Teresa, 2, 41004 Sevilla. Tapas manchego cheese, marinated anchovies, and slices of dried salted tuna. Try the sherry Tío Pepe Fino.

La Fresquita at Calle Mateos Gago, 29, 41004 Sevilla. Try the Spinach and chickpea stew or ratatouille topped with fried egg.

Casa Román at Plaza Venerables, 1, 41004 Sevilla Try the cazón en adobo here.

Bodeguita Fabiola at Calle Fabiola, 7, 41004 Sevilla.

Bodeguita Romero (with nice pictures of tapas) at Calle Harinas, 10, 41001 Sevilla.

Bar Alfalfa at Calle Candilejo, 1, 41004 Sevilla.

Wednesday

Leave for airport at 06:30. Flight at 08:30 arriving Seville at 12:40. The airport bus is €6 return (in 2020) and takes you in 35 minutes from the airport to Plaza de Aramas.

Stay in Apartamento en las Setas in centre of town. We stay in a shop!

Thursday

10.00 bike tour of Seville until 15:30 which starts at Bar El Esquinazo. Best value tour in Seville and takes you to sights the others dont. Late lunch in the oldest tapas bar in Seville El Rinconcillo.

The evening is in barrio Santa Cruz ending up at Bodega Santa Cruz which has the cheapest tapas and the nicest staff. Pop into Bodeguita Fabiola just up the street for an amazing experience.

Friday

Rent bike for 10 euros a day from SeebyBike. They deliver to your accommodation as well. Cycle to Italica the Spanish Pompei. Covers a huge area but only a couple of city blocks can be seen. The ampitheartre here was used in Game of Thrones. Not as impressive as Pompei but still worth seeing. Free to get in for EU citizens.

The cycle route from the shop in El Arenal is mostly off road and tarmac. Cross the bridge into Triana and follow the green track all the way to Italica. There is a shopping centre under the huge red office tower and perhaps worth a visit on the way back. The evening is spent in Alameda de Hercules with about 20 bars and thousands drinking outside even on a January night. Great atmosphere. Lots of cheap eating.

Saturday

Museum day. Start at the Archives of the Indies which opens at 9.30. The exploitation of the Americas by the Spanish started the industrial revolution and the western consumer society. The gold they brought back allowed commerce which then created the conditions for banking, trade and then industrialisation. The potato allowed populations to be free from starvation, rubber allowed insulation of electrical wire, dyes from the Axtecs allowed colouring of clothes and cotton allowed the manufacture of clothing. All thanks to the Spanish.

Then the Real Alcazar with its tiled rooms, gold ceilings and ornate gardens. Lots of people taking Game of Thrones photos as quire a few scenes filmed here.

Bodega Santa Cruz at night for outdoor drinking and the outdoor bars in Plaza Del Salvador.

Sunday

Flight at 13:15 arriving at 15:30

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