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Old Feb 20th, 2020, 03:37 PM
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4 days in Seville - day trip?

Hi!
Group of 8 in our late 30s and early 40s will be in Seville for 4 days for a 40th birthday celebration. Several of us have been to Seville before and have been to the other "main" cities of Andalucia like Granada or Cordoba. To find something new to do/see, we are considering taking a day trip to Jerez for sherry tasting. Have never been to Jerez and not sure its worth a whole day out of Seville to do that? Or perhaps we just spend all 4 days in Seville? Or go somewhere else?
We plan to do tapas tasting/food tour as well as Flamenco. Does anyone have any other recommendations for restaurants or anywhere else that would be more memorable and celebratory?

Thanks so much!
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Old Feb 20th, 2020, 04:00 PM
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Italica was recommended to us by a friend who lives in Seville...Only half an hour by the local bus to exquisite Roman mosaics and remains of the Amphitheatre..
definetly worth several hours.

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Old Feb 20th, 2020, 04:13 PM
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And if you decide not to leave town, here is a thread to an interesting experience in Seville that someone posted on another thread about Seville that might be fun for you in Seville itself-thermal baths in a subterranean cavern. They even have a wine soak-not tasting exactly but it looks really interesting

https://beaire.com/en/aire-ancient-b...ath-experience
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Old Feb 20th, 2020, 04:31 PM
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sshprints04,
While I could certainly find plenty to do to spend the entire 4 days in Sevilla and will have 5 full night again there soon,
If you have an interest in sherry tasting and also would also enjoy a horse ballet by the Carthusian horses at the Royal Equestrian School (cousins to those of the Vienna Spanish Riding School), you could combine these two on a day trip.
The horse ballet happens at noon but not daily.
Since we don't know your exact dates, you can check the monthly schedule at
https://www.realescuela.org/en/
and you see a preview video of this 90-minute show to see if it's something you all might like.
After the show you can easily walk around the very long block to take a tour of the Sandeman sherry bodegas. These tours are given in English.
Here is the schedule-
https://www.sandeman.com/visit-us/jerez/sherry-bodegas.

There are other more distinguished and smaller sherry houses in Jerez, such as Tradición (with a wonderful small art collection), Lustau and Rey Fernando Castilla, but these tours need to be booked in advance and don't make quite as easy a combo with the horse ballet, although they're quite special. I've been to all 3 and was very impressed with Tradición.

https://bodegastradicion.es/en/
https://www.lustau.es/en/visit-us/
Rey Fernando de Castilla.

Many first timers to Jerez enjoy the more orchestrated visit at Bodegas Tío Pepe, which you can book online.
https://www.tiopepe.com/es-en/book.

If you have a sunny but not overly warm day and don't mind a 30-minute bus ride out to Saniponce, you could visit the Roman ruins of Itálica, if you haven't seen Roman ruins elsewhere.

Aire de Sevilla, as jpie notes, would be another option for an in-town spa-like experience. You'll find these modern day hammams in all the Andalusian cities these days.

If you like seafood, for a more "fancy" sit-down experience, you might head to the city's leading marisquería, Jaylu, since you'll be hitting tapas bars on your tour.
https://www.restaurantejaylu.com/en/.

The new Lalola Taberna Gourmet in the One Shot Hotel Palacio de Torrejón on the Plaza Alameda de Hércules has gotten great reviews from Spain's gourmet critics and from my favorite tapas tour guide, Azahar.
Lalola Taberna. Restaurante en Sevilla One Shot.
https://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilleta...berna-gourmet/.
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Old Feb 20th, 2020, 04:41 PM
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Another special place to visit in Sevilla is the fairly newly opened former home of the Duchess of Alba, the 15th century Palacio de las Dueñas. It was a real treat to tour at leisure this lavish palace and to peek into the lifestyle of this colorful character and to enjoy the exquisite artworks inside.
https://www.lasduenas.es/brief-history.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2020, 05:35 AM
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Cádiz would be my first choice, too.
Jerez, to me, doestn't have a lot to offer, unless you could be there during the Feria del Caballo which is in May.
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I agree that Cádiz is also a nice option, just a bit further by MD train from either Santa Justa or San Bernardo stations. It's about an hour, 40 minute ride.

It has an excellent archaeological museum, a cavernous cathedral, a lively tapas bar scene, friendly locals and nice waterside walks around the malecón (it's been used as a stand in for Havana in several movies) plus urban beaches.

And if you want to combine it with sherry sampling in a very well done winery tour, you can always take the short catamaran ride across the bay and over to El Puerto de Santa María to visit Bodegas Osborne.
https://www.osborne.es/en/

We're headed to Cádiz soon as well but after the Cadiz Carnival ends on March 1. Before we're attending the February-March Flamenco Festival in Jerez, which is one of the major events of Jerez in addition to the May Feria del Caballo for those who are flamenco aficionados. It brings in people from around the world both for the nightly performances and for the serious classes taught by Spain's major flamenco artists.

Another activity that your group might enjoy in Sevilla:
A sunset cocktail and a walk around the top of the Metropol Parasol, locally called "The Mushrooms" (Las Setas), the largest wooden structure in the world.
https://www.visitasevilla.es/en/more-see/las-setas.

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Old Feb 23rd, 2020, 04:16 PM
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So I have a question about Cadiz since we also considering a visit there in the spring. Does it feel like a military town with the US naval base at Rota so close-or does that even play in to the ambiance of the city?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2020, 04:24 PM
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Not at all! Rota doesn't even play to the ambiance. There's nothing in Cádiz that feels like a US military/naval base. It's one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded by the Phoenicians in 1104 BC.
I never think about Rota and the military base actually anywhere I travel on the Costa de la Luz, except if I were to go to Rota itself.

I think you'll really enjoy it! I always enjoy spending time in lively and historic Cádiz.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/t...-of-spain.html

For jpie and sshprints04-
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...od-restaurants

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Old Feb 24th, 2020, 02:21 AM
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Bookmarking for upcoming trip to Seville . Thanks for the suggestions.
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Thanks Maribel! We are still hoping to put together a trip there and on up to Portugal-so hopefully we will make the visit!
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I hope you will too, jpie. I'll take some food notes for you!
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