If you look at my previous posts, either here on or on my Instagram account, every January/February I’m complaining about the weather in the north of France. (I’m nothing if not consistent. 🤷🏻♀️) Which means that, every January/February, I need to made a relatively-inexpensive escape to the sunshine. This year, we chose southern Spain and the beautiful city of Seville.
I’d actually already visited Seville once before, but this was 8 years ago, and I still remember it being one of my favorite cities in Spain. So it was definitely worth another look. And it was just as beautiful as I had remembered.
The Streets of Seville
Although there are some great places to visit in Seville, you could walk the streets without spending a cent and just enjoy the beautiful architecture.
Plaza de España
One of the most stunning sights of Seville is the grand Plaza de España. It was built in the early 20th century for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. We easily spent time here appreciating the architectural details of this beautiful plaza.
Alcàzar of Seville
Okay, although you can enjoy Seville without spending a cent, one place you absolutely should spend (more than) a cent on is the Alcàzar of Seville. The Royal Alcàzars of Seville is a royal palace built in the 14th century. After the Castilian “Christians” defeated the Moors in Seville, this palace was built on the site of a former residential fortress. The Mudejar architecture (a mixture of European and Islamic styles) are beautifully evident here.
Las Setas De Sevilla (or the Metropol Parasol)
Standing in stark contrast to the beautiful Mudejar architecture of the rest of the city, the modern Las Setas De Sevilla sits in the middle of downtown Seville. Completed in 2011 by a German architect, it claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. As architecture goes, I’m not a big fan, but it is a cool experience to walk about on top as it gives some pretty cool views of Seville.
The Food of Seville
Are you still with me? If so, it’s time to talk about the food. One of the best things about Seville is that, compared with other European cities, it is quite inexpensive to eat well. Here are a few of the places we went to, and really enjoyed…
So this restaurant may not technically be “inexpensive”, but if you’re looking for a “special-occasion” restaurant that won’t break the bank, Restaurante Az-Zait is definitely a wonderful experience you won’t forget. For under 40 euros, we had a delicious 6 course chef’s tasting menu. Everything was truly special, from the attentive service to the inventive presentation to the unique flavors. Highly recommend!
Torch Coffee Roasters
Living in Europe, there comes a time where you want to experience a bit of the familiar (in this case for me, a typical California coffee shop). Torch Coffee Roasters fills that itch. They take their coffee very seriously and roast their beans in house. To be honest, I’m sadly not able to drink coffee anymore, but my friends loved it. What I enjoyed was their excellent matcha latte and bacon avocado toast. Hey, you can take the girl out of California, but you can take the California out of the girl…
Bar El Comercio
There is one thing that it is absolutely necessary to experience in Spain, and that is churros. The delicious fried pieces of dough that are served up put those sugary carnival sticks anywhere else to shame. And Bar El Comercio has been doing it right since 1904. Find a table, head over to the bar, place your order and wait until this deliciousness is served up with a side of chocolate.
You can get tapas anywhere in Seville, but if you want something a little more special than your average tapas place, I highly recommend La Brunilda. If possible, I highly recommend making reservations or coming right at opening, because this place isn’t too big and fills up quickly. Their tapas dishes are quite generous and once again, very inventive. This was probably our favorite tapas experience in Seville (and we were eating tapas at almost every meal!).
Until next time,