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Feb 16th, 2014, 07:16 PM
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Seville Things To Do

Have done some initial research for a four day visit to Seville. Would appreciate feedback and good to know things about my list below. I based it off my interests in history, photography, urban hiking, arts.... . I think it is a bit light in local markets, garden, shopping, and eating and drinking locations.

1. MUST DO PLACES / ACTIVITIES

PLAZA DE ESPANA

CATHEDRAL & GIRALDA BELL TOWER

ROYAL ALCÁZAR PALACE & GARDENS

FLAMENCO (MUSIC-AND-DANCE PERFORMANCES)

EVENING PASEO

MUSEO DEL BAILE FLAMENCO (Flamenco Dance Museum)

CASA DE LA MEMORIA DE AL-ANDALUS (Flamenco show)

SANTA CRUZ DISTRICT (Jewish Quarter, Picturesque Streets & Squares)

LA MAESTRANZA BULLFIGHT RING & MUSEUM (Guided Tour)

CHOCOLATE & CHURROS (Hot chocolate & Churros)

MAERCADOS DE ABASTOS (Local Food Markets)


2. SHOULD DO PLACES & ACTIVITIES

HOSPITAL DE LA CARIDAD (Charity Hospital)

BASÍLICA DE LA MACARENA CHURCH AND MUSEUM

MUSEO PALACIO DE LA CONDESA DE LEBRIJA (Private Mansion)

MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES

EL COSTURERO DE LA REINA

POSTIGO DEL ACEITE (Oil's Gate)

LA CASA DE PILATOS (Pilate's House)

MACARENA CHURCH & MACARENA GATE

CITY WALLS (walk along to Carmona Gate)

BICYCLE TOUR

CASTILLO DE SAN JORGE (Inquisition Museum)


3. OTHER PLACES & ACTIVTIES

TRIANA NEIGHBORHOOD (West Bank Of River)

BULLFIGHT

ARCHIVO DE INDIAS (Lonja Palace)

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR (Baroque Alterpieces)

JARDINES DEL VALLE (Valley Gardens)

CLOSED CONVENT (buy sweets)

MARAI LUISA PARK (Rent 4-wheeled bike)

CAMARA OSCURA (View Point)

AIRE DE SEVILLE (Arab Baths)

PLAZA DEL CABILDO (Sunday Coin & Stamp Market)

TORRE DEL ORO (part of city walls & View of Traina Riverbank)

HOSPITAL DE LOS VENERABLES (Barrio Santa Cruz)

MILITARY MUSEUM

REAL FABRICA DE TABACOS (Royal Tobacco Factory)

AUDITORIUM ALVAREZ QUINTERO (Flamenco)
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Feb 17th, 2014, 08:04 AM
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We really loved just "being" in Seville and didn't feel the need to pack the days with sites and activities. We visited the Alcazar and climbed the bell tower, but also spent a lot of time people watching from outdoor cafe tables and strolling around town. Leave yourself some time to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere Seville offers. Enjoy!
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Feb 17th, 2014, 08:39 AM
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Understand your position, but I will be traveling with two real "energizer bunnies"! Hopefully, they will slow down after a couple of days. Expect we will split up after the must do's and tackle the some of the remaining activities separately and at our own individual pace.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 08:54 AM
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Take a look at Azahar's page about tapas bars and restaurants in Sevilla, she lives there and knows what she's talking about: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/restaurants/

Regarding photography and urban hiking interest, take a look at the new Metropol Parasol: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...e-mayer-review
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Thank you kimhe
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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We have been to Seville twice ( four days each time) and have covered about a third of the list.
It is a lovely place to relax and take it all in.
How many days do you have? Day trips?
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Feb 17th, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Four full days. Sorry if I gave the impression that we wanted/intended to cover all those activities. Really just looking at how best prioritize them and also get a feel for how much time it will take to do each one justice. I know it is highly subjective. I provided the long list so as not to have make a long series of posts.
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Mar 16th, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Personally I would bump up the Parque María Luisa - you could do that and your "evening paseo" at the same time. It's truly a beautiful spot! Also the Arab baths (literally right next to the Cathedral, aka the old mosque) and the Archivo de las Indias should be moved up based on your interest in history.
I would add Metropol/Parasol, or known to Sevillanos as "Las Setas" interesting modern architecture in an extremely old part of the city, evidenced by the ancient ruins discovered underneath it!
Calle Feria sports one of the oldest markets in the world, and located just north of the city center, you can't miss it.
What time of year will you be visiting? Unless you're not coming until the end of April or May, you won't see a bullfight.
What kind of vibe are looking to get from the city? The parts nearest the river and the Cathedral are the oldest with the old architecture and brightly colored houses with beautiful balconies. Across the river and further from the center of the city, the architecture is more square and modern looking.
The best spots for modern shopping (think H&M and GUESS) are Calles Sierpes and Tetuan in the center or in Nervión Plaza.
Eating and drinking depends on what food and drink you are searching for - a general tip is a restaurant that advertises using photographs and an English menu is certainly catering to tourists and not necessarily with better quality food!
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May 17th, 2014, 06:45 PM
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"What kind of vibe are looking to get from the city? The parts nearest the river and the Cathedral are the oldest with the old architecture and brightly colored houses with beautiful balconies."

looking for old architecture and no modern high end shopping

"Eating and drinking depends on what food and drink you are searching for"

researching that now. Not into fancy, expensive restaurants. would prefer to identify some classic spanish dishes and give them a try

"What time of year will you be visiting?"

Have had to delay the trip from May to Sep/Oct time frame
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May 17th, 2014, 11:46 PM
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Then Sevilla celebrates the world's largest and most prestigious flamenco festival, the 18th edition of the Bienal de Flamenco. In theaters around town every night Sept 12-Oct 5. A night or two at the bienal could be a highlight of the trip. The finest flamenco artists in the world, and mostly a local and knowledgeable crowd. Info and tickets: http://www.labienal.com/en/
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Some great regional specialities:
- Espinacas con garbanzos (Spinach with chickpeas with great seasoning): http://allrecipes.com/recipe/espinac...arbanzo-beans/
- Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (the finest cured ham in the world): http://eatlikeagirl.com/2011/11/22/j...co-de-bellota/
- Salmorejo: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Classic-Salmorejo
- Rabo de Toro (Ox tail stew): http://eladerezo.hola.com/recetario/...o-de-toro.html
- Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp): http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/03/s...al-ajillo.html

Two of my favourite no fuss restaurants in Sevilla:
Bodegón Alfonso XII: http://bodegonalfonsoxii.com/ http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Andalucia.html
Casa Paco: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Andalucia.html
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Jul 5th, 2014, 11:05 AM
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Thanks kimhe - great info
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Jul 5th, 2014, 11:58 AM
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I always tell friends to take a carriage ride as soon as they get there. Not near the end of their stay when they have already been to the neighborhoods visited on the ride. It is a fixed price.. not sure what it is now but when sharing is quite reasonable.

I love Enrique Becerras restaurant. We had several plates of fabulous tapas. I'm sure it is on one of the lists you have been linked to.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 03:12 AM
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Thanks for starting this thread - very helpful!
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Jul 6th, 2014, 06:00 AM
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I agree with spanishsarah about Parque María Luisa, and you might consider looking in at the Museo Archeologico while out that way; fine Roman statuary and mosaics from Italica. Torre del Oro and Tobacco Factory are fine walk-bys.

If you get over to Triana in the morning, you can visit the Mercado there by the Triana Bridge, and get you chocolate con churros sitting under bulls' heads near and ancient castle wall.
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We also loved the Parque María Luisa and wished we had more time there. And loved strolling along Calles Sierpes and Tetuan - not for shopping so much as for just strolling and people watching.
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