We visited Seville as part of our road trip last year around Portugal and Spain. We originally only planned to go to Seville for a quick trip (lunch and maybe an early dinner aiming to be back in Faro by late evening time) but once we were there, we instantly fell in love with the atmosphere.
We drove from Faro to Seville which took us around 3hrs with traffic and little detours. The route is scenic so we took advantage of pulling over and admiring the views.
Once we reached Seville we parked our car just outside the city, I had read online that it’s not recommended to drive your car to the centre as there are narrow roads that are hard to navigate, also parking is a commodity and super expensive. So I went online and booked prepaid car parking near to a local train station.
We then decided to walk from the car to the centre, which was a great way to see the city. We walked through winding narrow paths passing many cafes, restaurants serving tapas, bars that had gorgeous outdoor spaces, parks with orange tress everywhere and finally reaching the famous Cathedral where we sat down to have a spot of late lunch.
Right there we decided that we wanted to spend more time in this wonderful city and that a few hours cramming in everything will not be enough. So we went online and looked for last minute hotel deals and found one in the perfect location for one night.
We then moved the car over to the hotel which allowed us free parking and then continued to eat, drink and see our way through Seville.
Where to Stay?
EME Catedral Hotel We found a great deal online after scouring through many sites to EME Hotel. Located opposite the cathedral and with a gorgeous rooftop bar perfect for drinks.
Our Room was small but had a great view of the Spanish streets below. The service at the hotel was friendly and very welcoming.
Where to Eat?
Patanchón Bar de Tapas – A no frills, basic but high in quality tapas restaurant.
Perro Viejo – This restaurant was recommended to us by my Sister in law. Located near the wooden mushroom structure we found this restaurant to be very busy and understood why as soon as we seen the food coming out of the kitchen. I would say this is not your typical Spanish restaurant as they had many modern twits to old classics and things like ceviche on the menu which was delicious by the way.
Uno de Delicias– We decided to have our last meal here as I had seen come across many good reviews on TripAdvisor. We ordered Patata bravas which were probably the best we had tasted in while, and the prawn risotto which was so comforting and warm. Tapas was not the only thing on the menu, they also serve burgers and steak.
What to See?
To be honest with you we did not have enough time from all the eating and walking to go to many tourist attractions. However we did squeeze in one and this was Real Alcazar– A Palace built with Christian and Islamic influences this place was every architects dream.
My favorite part of this place were the gardens so beautiful and well maintained.
We left Seville the following afternoon with our trusty starbucks in hand and headed back to Portugal.
24 hrs were nearly not enough time to see everything that this city has to offer but we made a promise that we will come back again and explore the rest.
Have any of you visited Spain or Seville?