Seville is the fourth-largest city in Spain with a municipal population of around 690,000, and a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million. Cultural highpoints came under the Romans and the Muslim Almoravids and Almohads but the city’s golden age was during the days of the Spanish empire when it monopolised trade with the Americas. Decline came when the port on the river silted up. Nowadays tourism is the main industry with the city getting over 2.5 million visitors in 2018.
I’ve been fortunate to have visited Seville on five separate occasions; the first was in 2007, then twice in 2015, and again in 2017 and 2018. As a result I’ve written over twenty posts and there are over two hundred placemarks on my Google map. There’s a key in the top left corner. All my posts are about the most historical areas of Seville; Triana and the twelve barrios of the Casco Antiguo. To help your orientation, you’ll find a map of the Casco Antiguo neighbourhoods here and a map of all the city’s barrios here.
Here’a a breakdown of what I’ve written to help you choose the links most interesting to you:
Triana – staying in Triana – the Hotel Ribera de Triana and around, the most useful post for my colleagues.
Triana – favourite places to eat and drink – my favourite tapas bar Puratasca, and a good daily option, Las Golondrinas, and a few other suggestions.
Casco Antiguo – staying in Alfalfa – where I’d stay if I was a tourist, breakfast places, Los Coloniales tapas bar.
Casco Antiguo – favourite places to eat in Arenal – the best all round trad tapas bar in town Casa Morales, a great abaceria Casa Moreno, and many others.
Casco Antiguo – eating and drinking in San Lorenzo – the wonderful Eslava, and others.
Casco Antiguo – tapas bars in San Vicente – the great Azotea, and a couple more.
Casco Antiguo – market tapas in Feria – tapas at La Cantina in the market and bars around La Alameda de Hercules.
Casco Antiguo – traditional tapas in Regina – Seville’s oldest tapas bar El Rinconcillo, and Las Dueñas for good traditional food.
Casco Antiguo – eating tapas in San Gil – modern tapas at Dúo.
Casco Antiguo – eating in San Julian – a review of an excellent restaurant, ConTenedor.
Casco Antiguo – a place to eat in San Bartolomé – a review of a fairly posh restaurant, Becerrita.
Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – favourite places to eat – great tapas at Casa Roman, a beautiful terrace at Corral del Agua, a sense of humour at La Goleta.
Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – around the cathedral – fountains, walls and the cathedral itself.
Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – La Judería – walking around the beautiful old Jewish quarter.
Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – a visit to Hospital los Venerables – a beautiful old building with a stunning church, now an art gallery.
Casco Antiguo – Santa Cruz – around and about – the beautiful doorway of Palacio de San Telmo and inside the Real Fábrica de Tabacos, amongst others.
Casco Antiguo – Las Setas in Plaza de Encarnacion – Blobitechture at Espacio Metropol Parasol.
Parque de María Luisa – museums and architecture – a walk in the park to see the archaeology and popular arts museums in neo-Mudéjar buildings.
Parque de María Luisa – Plaza de España – the site of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, beautiful neo-Mudéjar buildings and ceramics.
Casco Antiguo – Neo-Mudéjar architecture – a look at my favourite architectural style in Seville.
Casco Antiguo – other bits of architecture – the town hall and a Modernista palace, and a gallery of other buildings.
Favourite places for food shopping – grocers, sweet makers, liquor stores and Triana market.
Hope that makes my ramblings a bit more accessible!