Seville

Seville is full of the flavour of Spain, the whitewashed buildings, beautiful floral displays and scent of the famed orange trees combining to give the heady feeling of a traditional city seeped in history and culture. The cobbled streets are home to traditional markets and designer boutiques showcasing a stylish mix of the old world and modern chic. The relaxed beauty is not the only draw of Seville, once the sun goes down the city has a wild side, with the locals love of flamenco, fiestas and tapas bars. The city comes alive at night with its illuminated streets and passionate atmosphere making this, the most perfect of cities, unmissable.

Why not stay in one of the best buildings in Seville, the San Gil is a converted palace in the old quarter of the city. Converted into a recently refurbished comfortable hotel, the architecture, in a style typical of the region, is no less than stunning. Set in beautiful fragrant gardens with a rooftop terrace this has to be one of the most attractive places to stay in the city. With a great location near to some of the cities finest monuments the Bed and Breakfast Naranjo is perfectly situated to see the history of Seville, and with its typical architecture the this converted townhouse blends perfectly into its setting. Small and friendly this comfortable hotel is decorated in the typical Spanish style and is an excellent budget option.

The regional food of Seville relies on the tastes of nature with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce. Fried fish is much beloved as is the fresh taste of Gazpacho the garlicky chilled soup that Seville is famed for. Tapas are an enjoyable way to sample tasty morsels of the local cuisine and are particularly good washed down with a chilled glass of manzanilla, the excellent local sherry.
There is no shortage of great places to eat in Seville and the cities atmosphere makes every dining experience special, but for a traditional flavour try the Blanco Cerrillo tapas bar. One of Seville’s oldest bars with a lovely setting for outdoor tables this bar gets busy, so get there early and settle in for the evening. The great tasting fresh tapas and perfectly chilled beers make this lively bar a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. For something completely different, the Heladena La Fiorentine serves the most exciting ice cream flavours you will ever taste. Based on regional specialities and the smells of the city these ice creams tantalise the senses, specialities include orange blossom, rosemary and even the flavour of manzanilla. The range of ice creams depends on seasonal produce and is ever changing.

Take a historic tour of the city with a visit to some of Seville’s beautiful buildings. See the final resting place of Christopher Columbus at the Cathedral: the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world. Gaze in wonder at the sheer opulence of the Alcazar Palace, dating back to the 9th century this Palace is home to Andalusian royalty. Finally be sure to visit the most picturesque area of the city; the Jewish Quarter, this is where you will find the most beautiful of all the streets with their postcard appeal. To sample one of the night time extravaganzas head to a Flamenco show and watch the passion with which it is performed in its native country. Marvel at the emotion that this sensuous dance manages to portray whilst enjoying the tapas and manzanilla that Seville is famed for.

Seville has a warm tropical climate with temperature averaging 77F across the year. The temperatures can climb to 96F during July and August making sightseeing challenging. Even during the coldest month of January temperatures often reach 60F although many of the annual 52 days of rain fall within the November to February period. April is an amazing time to visit with the annual Seville Fair taking place; the week long festival held two weeks after Easter, begins with a majestic horse and carriage parade each morning. The festival really hots up as night falls, parties fuelled by food and drink take place in marquees along the banks of the river. With these parties continuing long after the sun has risen, it is fair to say that this is not a time for any serious city business.