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Alice9 May 18th, 2013 12:23 PM

Four Days in Seville
 
We'll be in Seville late May arriving on a Thursday, departing on a Monday. I know a lot of things are closed on Sunday, so I have to figure that in. Also, I know some museums might be closed on Monday, need to look into that. Also, on Thursday, we'll be driving from Cordoba, so we COULD take a little detour and go to Ronda, and arrive a little later in Seville.

So we'll have later in the day Thursday, Fri-Sun all day, and Monday take the train to Madrid. So Seville experts, any suggestions on what to do when? We don't have to see everything, we like to just sit and people watch too. And eat, of course!

Thanks in advance,
Alice

pgriffin May 20th, 2013 02:22 AM

Cordoba to Seville, via Ronda is not recommended in one day. Look at the map.

I would get to Seville ASAP and immerse yourself in the city. You'll have three and a half days for Seville, not the worst but five or six would be better.

See the must see sights obviously, make sure you do a tapas crawl, check out Barrio Triana as well as the more touristy Santa Cruz. I would also recommend heading into El Centro for your breakfast in the morning (chocolat con churros) and checking out the locals en route to work. It is a cool experience.

Also, try and visit Plaza de Espana.

kimhe May 20th, 2013 10:09 AM

Axahar lives in Sevilla and gives great advice on tapas bars and restaurants in different neighbourhoods. She knows what she's talking about. I recommend tapas crawls in the San Lorenzo/Centro, Arenal and Triana districts.
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...urants/arenal/

El Rinconcillo from 1670 is the oldest in the country:
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...l-rinconcillo/
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...ncillo-photos/

I recommend to see real deal flamenco in intimate Casa de la Memória in central Calle Cuna, 6. An art that is very important for both Sevilla and Andalucía in general. Casa de la Memória is popular with tourists, but only top artists perform here:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...Andalucia.html

Brillant Pastora Galván from Sevilla was voted best female flamenco dancer 2010 by Spanish critics, and she does two performances here on Sunday night, May 26 (Arte flamenco): http://casadelamemoria.es/?page_id=85

Video of Pastora Galván: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2SBUcrJgeQ

Apart from all the numerous and "obvious" sights in Sevilla, I will also suggest you go and see the Hospital de la Caridad. It might give you the ultimate Sevilla experience. The 17th century repenting founder Miguel Mañara was - according to himself - "the most evil man that ever lived". All the paintings he commisioned from some of the most famous golden-age arists for the hospital and it's adjoining church dealt with the theme of death and redemption. The hospital, the church, the paintings and Mañara's grave are all in Calle Temprado, 3.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville/sights/411842

Good and mostly updated info about Sevilla: http://www.exploreseville.com/

markpy May 20th, 2013 10:10 AM

Agree, Ronda is out of the way. Just got back from Southern Spain and highlights for Sevilla were Santa Cruz, Alcazar, tapas bars, Flamenco show.

Alice9 May 21st, 2013 08:40 AM

Thank you everyone. I will save Ronda for another time. pgriffin and kimhe, thanks so much for the suggestions. I will check out all the links. I think we will have no trouble keeping ourselves busy!

Alice

Egbert May 22nd, 2013 10:41 AM

Museo de Bellas Artes, Plaza Espana, a tour of the bullring. Walking up and down calle Sierpes for shopping, downstairs at El Corte Ingles to look at the amazing fish market, getting lost walking around Santa Cruz and neighboring barrios and stopping often for tapas and drinks, a late night stop at La Carboneria for drinks and Flamenco.

aliced May 22nd, 2013 02:14 PM

Agree that Ronda far too out of the way, Cordoba is very lovely, but lots in Seville for 3 days. Of course, the Alcazar, Cathedral, Metropol Parasol (newest architectural wonder).

Restaurants:

San Marco (in an ancient Arab bathhouse)
Vineria San Telmo

We stayed in the wonderful El Morro Rey in the old section last April and both were 3 and 5 minute walks, respectively.

Alice9 May 25th, 2013 01:58 PM

Thanks, Egbert and aliced, looks like 3days will not be enough!


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