Seville Day and Night Featured

Discover Spain's fourth biggest city, Seville, see its historic districts and savour Michelin-starred cuisine
by 10 May 2010

Seville has a special air about it, and we know that. And so do visitors. The fourth Spanish capital is a favourite tourist haunt because of the good climate, local hospitality, the amount of festivities and the good spirit you can sense in the atmosphere. All this makes you start planning your next visit as soon as you leave.

The Andalusian capital is well known all around the world for its Feria de Abril festivities, and you can breathe culture and tradition with every step you take around the city. Discovering its old town you will clearly see that the city is full of history. The Torre del Oro, Santa Maria Cathedral and its Giralda, the bullfighting ring La Maestranza and a river that crosses the city, the Guadalquivir.

Discover its most emblematic districts, such as Triana, where its hustle and bustle transmit an authentic Sevillian flavour. Get lost in its small streets and you’ll find the best crafts shopping, quaint stores, small markets, and typical products such as ceramics and pottery.

Once you get into it and understand the Andalusian way of life, have lunch and book a table at the popular restaurant Abades Triana, calle Betis. Here, the privileged location enables you to feel that you are eating right on top of the river, while also viewing the amazing city sights. Cross over to the other side of the river and get to know more shopping areas. Right in the centre and around The Plaza Nueva, Tetuán St. or Sierpes St., you’ll find most of the big brands. Addresses include Loewe in Plaza Nueva, 12, Carolina Herrera at Plaza Nueva, 8, Angel Schlesser at Calle Rosario 12, Victorio & Lucchino at Plaza Nueva 10 and calle Sierpes 87, El Caballo in calle Antonia Diaz 7, Extart & Panno in calle Cuna, 17 and other local favourites such as the multibrand store Cuqui Castellanos in calle Rosario 8 that stocks exclusive brands including Prada, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Hermes and Christian Dior. Not too far from there, between the Cathedral and the Town hall, you will also find the antiques shop Patricia Medina & Ana Abascal, calle Fernández y González, 15, a space with a mixture of styles and where you can find carefully selected pieces.

For a shopping break, stop by at the Gran Meliá Colón hotel, calle Canalejas, a five star hotel where you can recharge your batteries from all the running around and have a refreshing drink in the Lobby Bar surrounded by modern and neo-Baroque luxury.
 
Not far from the centre, there are yet more shopping areas to take into account. The Nervión quarter close to the Sánchez Pijuán football stadium, where you will find the most important Spanish fashion high street brands, and also check out the area of Los Remedios.

Seville is a city where you have to wander the streets to really get a feel for it. You can also try a horse ride around the city. But if what you really want is to hang out with friends, the Hotel Eme Catedral, calle Alemanes, 27, has to be your first option. Stay at this boutique hotel or choose bewteen the different eating options. A salad lounge, Japanese food, traditional tapas at the Milagritos, or a stylish drink at the Santo Copas & Lobby. If you prefer a coffee, then it has to be Lounge 20 Pasos. Relax at the DeSPacio spa and indulge in one of their Balinese treatments.

If its something more traditional you’re looking for, then your stop will be hotel Hospes Las Casas del Rey Santiago, Plaza Jesús De La Redención 2. A hotel with Sevillian charm, decorated with typical 18th century Andalusian details. Do not miss out on its amazing Bodyna spa, or if you just want to lay in the sun, then head for its Senzone bar and rooftop pool.

For dinner your best bet is the renowned BulliHotel Hacienda Benazuza, in Sanlúcar la Mayor. It is divided into different restaurants: La Alquería with 2 Michelin Stars, will allow you to taste chef Ferran Adrià’s best dishes. La Alberca, ideal for a summer night dinner in the garden, is the place to try their Mediterranean-Andalusian mix dishes, and La Abacería is the best place for local tapas. Sit back and have a drink at the elegant Guadarnés Bar or enjoy El Sur bar next to the pool.