Seville in 48 Hours

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Two days in Spain's most romantic city

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There’s heaps to see in Seville, but its main sites and attractions are all conveniently located in the lovely historic centre lending themselves perfectly to exploration over a weekend or a two day break.

Here’s what I recommend if you have two days in Seville:

Day One in Seville

Particularly if you’re visiting at a busy time of year, I’d suggest you get off to a flying start and visit one of the city’s most famous and popular monuments the Alcazar or Royal Palace before the crowds arrive. It opens at 9.30 and I recommend you get there a little earlier if you can.

You’ll need a good two to three hours here exploring the amazingly ornate rooms – like the gorgeously intricate Patio de las Doncellas and the opulent domed Salon de Embajadores. At the end of the visit there’s a pleasant little cafe in the gardens which makes a nice place for a coffee and a snack in the sunshine too.

After your visit to the Alcazar it will be getting on for lunch time. Take a leisurely stroll around the cathedral and head for Casa Morales for a spot of lunch. It’s an atmospheric old bar which does good tapas. Another great place for lunch that’s also nearby is Las Columnas.

After lunch take in the city’s very fine Fine Arts Museum – Museo de Bellas Artes. It’s cool and shady so ideal if the temperatures are rising. There’s all manner of interesting artwork here in particular canvases by the Sevillian triumvirate of great 17th century painters Murillo, Zurbaran and Valdes Leal. If you’re a bit an art fan you might want to try my special Art Lovers’ itinerary too.

Take a short stroll by the river after this and stop by the Torre del Oro – another of the city’s most famous landmarks for a quick look around the interesting museum here and views up and down the river from the top.

Head back to your hotel for an hour or so to rest before the evening then step out and hop aboard a traditional carriage for a horse and carriage ride. Along the way you’ll see the spectacular Plaza de Espana which looks amazing in golden evening sunshine.

There are lots of great options for dining in Seville. I always go for tapas as it’s so very Sevillian. Stand out places to try include La Bulla, La Azotea and Enrique Becerra. All get busy early so aim to get there around 8.30pm. If you fancy an evening of tapas bar hopping try my Tapas Tasting Tour.

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Day Two in Seville

To understand flamenco is to understand the soul of this city. The Flamenco Museum opens at 10am so make your way here to view the costumes, listen to the music and learn about this Andalucian art form.

If you liked what you saw and heard book tickets to come back this evening and see a live performance. If tickets are sold out you can always get into La Carboneria which doesn’t take bookings. Or else you can try booking at Casa de le Memoria.

From the museum wander across and down to Plaza Alfalfa and on to Plaza de le Encarncion to see the city’s recent monument to modern art the vast Metropol Parasol. It’s called Las Setas (the mushrooms) by locals and you can see why. It’s a huge wooden slatted structure on stalks some 50 feet high. You can take a lift up and walk around the top for fantastic views.

Time next for some lunch. At the time of writing the cafes on top of Metropol were all closed, but if there are some open you might want to grab something to eat whilst you enjoy that view. Otherwise places within a quick 5 to 10 minute walk include Bar Europa and the famous old bar where tapas are supposed to have been created – El Rinconcillo.

In the afternoon escape the heat and take in the city’s most recognisable landmark the Cathedral. Be sure to take a walk up to the top of the belltower – the Giralda – for more vast views across the city. If you still have some energy left you could learn a little about the other great Sevillian obsession, bullfighting. You can do guided tours (in English) of the Plaza de Toros and there’s a really interesting museum here too. You could pop acoss to the river bank and do an evening river cruise after this if you fancy.

If you’ve booked yourself flamenco tickets you’ll spend the evening being enthralled by the passion and power of the song and dance. You’ll be wanting to eat though too of course. Right nearby to the Flamenco museum are two of my favourite local tapas joints Bar Alfalfa and Bar Estrella.

If you fancy a proper dinner this evening rather than tapas try Seville’s highly acclaimed cookery school Taberna del Alabardero  or else try my favourite Italian restaurant in Seville Porta Rossa. Other fine dining options which you’d need to book for and get a taxi to include Michelin starred Abantal and excellent Salvador Rojo.

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