Most people want to know what the must see or do activities
are in Sevilla. While many already know to visit the Cathedral
or the Alcazar there are plenty of other activities which
might not make every guide book or be recommended by your
friends who've been to Sevilla before. With the help of
some locals and visitors I've put together a list of 85
things you don't want to miss when you're in the city. Many are simple, some an interesting
look at local phenomena and others a little silly. Technically
some of these involve some side trips from Sevilla. And
I guess a few of these might be in some guide book somewhere.
I had to get to 85 somehow! And I'm shooting for 101 one day ...either way I hope the list gives
you a few ideas...
a warm night, before 11:00 when the lights go out, get
a drink at the outdoor bar on top of Hotel Doña
Maria with a view of the Cathedral and all the lights.
The hotel may be out of your budget but one drink won't
set you back too much. And the view is worth paying for.
Tables can be hard to come by so you may want to get there
a little early. If you're lucky enough to stay at the
Hotel you can enjoy a dip in the pool on a warm summer
night as you muse over the incredible size of the Cathedral.
a beer and a tapa of espinacas in El
Rinconcillo, located near Plaza de Los Terceros.
This is Sevilla's oldest bar, founded in 1670. There are
plenty of traditional tapas to go along with the very
typical atmosphere. The collection of antique liquor bottles
are so rare that companies who still produce the brands
have tried to purchase them back from the bar - but no
luck!. And if you feel like a meal there's a new restaurant
above the bar.
a four-wheeled tandem bike in Parque Maria Luisa
to take a quick tour of the gardens. They come in varieties
for two of four riders and are a good way to see all of
the park if you don't have much time. While they tell
you not to take it off the paved streets you'll miss out
on half the fun if you don't! Just make sure you've mastered
the hand break before you start your trip. And keep an
eye out for horse carriages and joggers, as well as the
occasional fat and lazy pigeon.
the fat and lazy pigeons in Plaza de America
in Parque Maria Luisa. These birds are so used to being
fed that they will happily perch on your shoulder or in
your hand just to get a quick bite to eat. It's a great
opportunity for photos. Vendors close by sell the feed.
And I guess the pigeons aren't all fat and lazy - the
children like to chase them around too much.
a tapa of boquerones en adobo in
Bar Blanco Cerillo, located off Calle
Tetuan in the central shopping district. If you get a
chance to sit outside there is little doubt that Emilio
will be your waiter. He's been there for about 13 years.
One tapa and a cold cruzcampo and you'll be in
heaven. To find it follow your nose - when you smell something
delicious on calle Tetuan look for a little side street
with some tables outside.
a Betis match in Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Well, it's really Estadio Ruiz de Lopera but not in most
betico's minds. Taking in a fútbol
match live is a great experience and there's no better
atmosphere than one filled with beticos (certainly
not in Sanchez Pizjuan). Tickets for a Betis
match can be purchased in advance at the stadium, generally
in the mornings. Or the same day of the match if you just
arrive an hour or so early.
to Calle Betis in Triana around midnight
for a lively bit of nightlife. There are bars to suit
almost any taste, from live flamenco, discotecas,
and cocktails to places with a view of the river
and of course a few that serve a bite to eat. This
is a younger crowd as it gets later into the night. Before midnight wander the streets behind Calle Betis where some of Seville's best tapas can be found.
- Order a pitcher of Agua de Sevilla,
best with a few friends as it packs a punch: four kinds
of liquor, champagne, pineapple juice and cream. Not every
place serves up this concoction, but you will have some
luck in Santa Cruz and calle Betis. La Carboneria is one place in Santa Cruz where you can always order it. Wherever you may find
it there's all the right ingredients to get the night
moving, maybe too quickly. Seriously, this can end your night as quick as it begins if you don't measure your intake!
the Animal market on Sunday morning
along the river and Avenida Torneo to check out the dogs, cats, birds and more. You can even
bring home a duck! While this is still fun, I miss the days of the market in Plaza Alfalfa right in the center of the city. Like other markets it was moved further out, in this case during the bird flu scare around 2004 or 2005. Now it's harder to get my weekly puppy fix.
- Buy sweets at a local convent - certainly
a different experience than a bakery. In many you have
an interesting exchange at first. Ring the bell and wait
until you hear the nun say "Ave Maria Purisima".
You'll likely want to respond by saying "Sin
pecado concebido". Now you're ready to ask for
what you want, place your money on a turnstile and spin
it around for the nun on the other side. Then wait for
something delicious to be spun back to you. One of my favorites: San Leandro (famous for their yemas).