Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Metropol Parasol
It’s nuts to think that it’s only been a month since I was in Seville. It seems like a lifetime ago we were wandering and getting lost in the Sevillean streets yet I can almost still feel that Spanish sun beaming on my face…
As I’m gearing up to embark on yet another big birthday adventure (I went to Lisbon for my birthday last year – read about it!), which I no doubt will want to share about, I thought I’d better get my
shit act together and start blogging again… and this time I’ll keep my promise. I promise.
So here you go, F I V E things you should know about Seville if you’re planning on visiting:
one How to get around
On our first evening in Seville, we committed the #1 unspeakable crime that any traveller could think of : we took an Uber. Yes, despite having been told by our Airbnb host – Holá, Enrique! – that we could virtually get anywhere in the city on foot, we took an Uber. To give you some context, we stayed in Santa Cruz, which is the heart of the city; the primary tourist neighbourhood; the old Jewish quarter; home to Seville Cathedral… so very central.
In our defence, we had just spent the majority of the day on the road from Malaga, so we just needed a lazy night… but Enrique was 100% right, you should be able to walk anywhere in Seville if you stay somewhere near where the action is – but it’s good to know that public (or in this case, private) transport is an option if you don’t feel like walking.
two What to see, and where to see it
There’s only one thing that you R E A L L Y need to see when you’re in Seville: flamenco. After all, you’re in the capital of Andalusia, where flamenco is very deeply rooted in its local culture.
The best place to get a taste of flamenco without paying a cent is the Plaza de España, where there are street performers putting on shows with live bands, dancers, singers, costumes – the works! Of course, you can (and you should) tip if you have some loose change.
three Where to get the best viewage
Another thing that you should try to do – not only in Seville but any city you visit really – is to get a good view of the metropolis from above.
- the Giralda, aka the bell tower or the minaret of Seville Cathedral
- the Metropol Parasol
You can’t really miss the Giralda, just because it’s the #1 must-do item on every visitor’s checklist. The Metropol Parasol, on the other hand, might be a little trickier – which brings us to…
four How to go up to the Metropol Parasol
From what I gather on the internet, this one has stumped many visitors to Seville… including a friend of mine, who PMed me after seeing my Instagram Stories asking how come they couldn’t find the entrance to the balcony of the Metropol Parasol.
The trick to go up is that you have to go down. The ticket office, along with the lift and the gift shop are all located in the basement of Las Setas De Sevilla. It only costs €3 per adult to go up and to see that viewage, and in my opinion it’s worth every cent – plus, the entry fee includes a postcard from the gift shop too!
(Here’s another tip: Start your day early and get there by 10am, you’ll have the entire balcony to yourself… How else do you think I got these pictures?)
five Where to find the best (vegetarian) food in town
When in Spain, you have to have tapas – and there are plenty of local restaurants for that. You just have to head to the back streets near Plaza del Salvador or Ayuntamiento de Sevilla (Seville City Hall), where you can find Spanish food in abundance! Also, these alleyways are always popping, so if you’re “looking for somewhere with vibrant atmosphere”, then this is for you.
However, for a vegetarian like myself, there’s only so many times you can eat tortilla Española and/or patatas bravas before getting bored. So we opted to try a few non-traditional restaurants. Out of all the restaurants we’ve been to, I’d definitely recommend Sibuya Urban Sushi Bar and Burguett, both on Calle Albareda, for their veggie options.
Hope you’ve learned a thing or two about Seville and that if you’re heading there soon you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from this beautiful city.
Do leave a comment below and share your experience with me if you’ve ever visited Seville! Until my next post, bai!
P/S Shout out to boohooMAN for gifting me this “Status: Out of Office” t-shirt – it’s the perfect slogan tee, and it’s already become a staple in my holiday wardrobe!