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A Seville travel guide – tasty tapas, palm-lined parks, flamenco and fiestas

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A Seville city break will awaken the senses – the rich flavours of tapas and local sherry, colours of flamenco costumes or the warm smell of springtime orange trees that line the streets. Book a Seville hotel for a taste of Andalucia in this city that likes to celebrate.

Dining and tapas

Follow generations of Seville families to one of the city’s oldest bars, the central El Rinconcillo. Here, Rioja is poured behind from behind the old mahogany bar and Andalucian stews and tapas are served in the rooms covered in Moorish tiles. Drop into Seville’s Santa Cruz or San Lorenzo back alley bars on a “tapas crawl” for delicacies like flamenquin (fried ham) or coquinas (clams). Head to the tapas capital in the milder month of February for Seville Tapas Fair when the restaurants swing open their doors.

Parks and open spaces

Promenade along the palm-lined boulevards in Seville’s main park Maria Luisa – a metropolitan oasis. Next door the moat-lined Plaza de España square, with its stately government buildings, is the mounting point for relaxing horse-and-carriage trots around town. Amble alongside the Guadalquivir River where Columbus set sail. Follow the tiles on Paseo de Cristobal Colon walkway south of Seville’s historical quarter for views of the 13th-century Torre del Oro watchtower.

Festivals and culture

Get ready to party in Seville during the Spring Fair, or feria. Locals wearing traditional flamenco dresses mingle outside multicoloured casetas or party tents, serving tapas and sherry. Dramatic bullfights are held at the Real Maestranza de Caballería bullring. See more lavish Seville in the gold interior and filigree naves and altars of the Cathedral of Seville, or the tiled Moorish courtyards at the Alcazar palace. Seville takes on a humble air during Easter’s Semana Santa festival when solemn parades carry religious statues through the city.

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