Why the Best of Seville Isn’t In Your Guidebook

What comes to your mind when you think of Seville?

Before we even set foot in the city, to us Seville evoked orange blossoms, flamenco and amazing architecture. And while we did find some amazing, traditional flamenco in Seville, and the architecture of the Plaza de Espana wowed us, what we loved most about the city just can’t be found in any guidebook.

For us, the pleasures of Seville were in the little things; Sevillanos enjoying a book by their local fountain, sidewalk cafes on every other street corner, parks with leafy trees and the buzz of people going about their regular lives.

Seville is truly a walker’s city. Seville’s major sights (the Plaza de Espana, the Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar) are all within walking distance of downtown, and many streets in the center are so narrow that cars can barely squeeze in between the buildings.

This is a city for living; not just for existing. Take a walk with us through some of our favorite memories of Seville.

Charles walking by Casa de la Guitarra in Seville

Charles walking by Casa de la Guitarra in Seville

Bar Casa Placido Seville tile

Bar Casa Placido Seville tile

A typical street in Seville

A typical street in Seville

Wandering through the winding streets of Seville

Wandering through the narrow side streets of Seville

The Streets of Seville

Everyday Seville

Gathering at the fountain Seville

Gathering at the fountain outside the Seville cathedral

History at every streetcorner

History at every streetcorner beside Apartamentos Las Cruces

Walking through the gardens of  Paseo Catalina de Ribera

Walking through the gardens of Paseo Catalina de Ribera

Sevilles quiet streets and charming houses

Seville’s pretty facades

Seville's famous public bikes

Seville’s famous public bikes

La Cure Gourmand Seville

La Cure Gourmand pastry and cookie shop in Seville

Colorful tile outside El Patio Bodega

A tile outside El Patio Bodega in Seville

 

Pando Restaurante tile Seville

Pando Restaurante tile Seville

Tiles in Seville

Tiles in Seville

Exposicion Seville

Exposicion Seville

Street performers in Seville

Street performers in Seville

The wide streets of Seville

The wide streets of Seville

Horse and buggy Seville

Horse and buggy Seville

Horse in Seville

Horse rides in Seville

A leafy walk in Seville

A leafy walk in Seville

Parque de Maria Luisa near Plaza de Espana

Parque de Maria Luisa near Plaza de Espana

A street in Seville

Sun setting over Seville

Seville Cerveza in a Vending Machine

Yes. That is beer in a vending machine.

Walking into the Seville airport

Adios, Seville. Walking into the Seville airport

About The Author

I grew up in a tiny Canadian prairie town and traveling has come to be my passion and joy in life. I love adventure and meeting the completely unexpected and sometimes strange collection of people I run into on the road. I'm always up for a new adventure, on the road or not. I've worked as a baker, bookkeeper, journalist, student, aspiring neuroscientist, technical writer, and now blogger and internet entrepreneur.

14 Responses

  1. cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    You’ve hit the nail on the head (has dao en el clavo). My routes around this city rarely include the big tourist sites, but my favorite bars and plazas and shops. I’m just as excited about Seville as I was when I moved here in 2007, and the city keeps surprising me. Shame we didn’t get to meet up when you were here last year!
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  2. twiri

    wow seville is amazing, And me being crazy about local cafes, this would definately be heaven! great article!! cheers!

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    • Charles Kosman

      Dale, you guys need to get further south. We stayed in Torrevieja (just south of Alicante) for a week hanging out with friends before flying out of Valencia. It was nice enough however next time we’re in Spain we’ll definitely spend the majority of our time in the southern areas of Andalucia.

      Before Torrevieja, we stayed in the white city of Nerja for a month and loved it. The white villages around there with their craggy cliffs and green mountains are stunning and even Seville had a lot more old world charm than we found around Alicante. If you guys get a chance I highly recommend heading in that direction.

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