Summer’s still in the air and with hotter weather comes new opportunity to travel further afield. While heading to any of the planet’s tropical paradises might well be on your wish list, there is a whole world of cultural capitals out there just waiting to be discovered. If good weather, historical hotspots, and fresh, local food are on your radar, you might just want to turn your attentions to Seville. Located in the Andalucian region of Spain, Seville is a smörgåsbord of good taste, serving up a whole platter of different cultural experiences. Ready to live like you’ve never lived before? Take a splash in Spain’s most sizzling city.
Clichés exist for a reason, and while you might prefer to venture off the beaten path, you can’t overlook the huge flamenco culture that sweeps Seville. Whether you choose to try your feet at a spot of dancing or prefer to take more of a back seat approach, there are plenty of options out there for you. Bustling bars such as Flamenco Los Martinez, for example, are best sampled after midnight, when the music really turns up a gear. If you’re searching for where the locals go, however, turn your attentions to the peña in your area. These Flamenco social clubs attract the best dancers in the city, and might just leave you with a spring in your step.
While turning up the heat is no problem in Seville, there is ample opportunity to cool things down a notch or two in order to drink in the cultural surroundings. Those with a taste for the quieter things in life would do well to take a trip to the city’s cathedral, the largest gothic construction of its kind in the world. The cool stone construction makes for a laid-back summer day, not least because the historical site acts as a welcome respite from the city heat. Get your ticket in advance if you want to avoid the crowds, however; with tourists streaming in for miles around, it pays to be at the front of the queue.
If you fancy picking up a souvenir or two, it’s more than worth taking a trip to the city’s Thursday night market. Since its appearance on the city scene in 1254, the market has become an essential part of local life, appealing to residents and tourists alike. Independent shops are piled high with every kind of item under the sun, so make sure you leave room in your suitcase for a memento — or several. The surrounding neighborhood is as bustling and buzzing as the market itself, offering plenty of opportunities to stop for a drink in the midst of your shopping frenzy.
Of course, holidays are all about gastronomy, and luckily for you, Seville is packed full of incredible foodie options that are just begging to be sampled. If you’re all about the buzz, you would do well to head to Contenedor, a rising star on the local foodie scene. Starting life as a weekly pop up, the eatery soon outgrew its modest origins, opening a permanent location some time later. Food is locally sourced and inspired by Andalusian classics. Go with an empty tummy and try a little of everything.
Tapas are a real talking point in Seville, and while there are a huge number of viable options out there, you might be hard pressed to find a menu quite as good as La Brunilda. While the plates are constantly changing, the clientele remains steady, making it one of the hottest places in Seville. If you’re on the hunt for a tipple or two to wash down all of that local goodness, try heading to El Rinconcillo. Founded in 1670, it’s the oldest and most authentic spot in town, giving you an idea of how the locals used to live. While you can eat a bite upstairs, your best bet is to skip the meal and head to the basement, where you’ll find a range of fantastic sherries and wines. Bottoms up!