From delicious tapas to fabulous flamenco, 10 reasons to visit the Spanish city of Seville

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AUTUMN is the perfect time to visit sizzling Seville.

Trade the sweltering heat and crowds of summer for cooler, sunny days as you stroll through this Spanish gem.

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Head to the river at the scenic Grand Plaza de EspanaPhoto credit: Getty

It’s ideal for a city break that promises historical treasures, fine dining and exciting entertainment.

Classic sight

THE city is home to 30 centuries of history with beautifully preserved Baroque, Renaissance and Moorish architecture.

But the must-see is the Royal Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose origins date back to the 11th century.

The palace features an incredible mix of Spanish and Islamic design – and was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones.

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Don’t miss the stunning Maiden’s Courtyard with its geometric archways, ‘reflecting pool’ and orange trees. Book online in advance to avoid queues.

Funny Neighborhood

THE historic district of Santa Cruz, formerly the Jewish Quarter, is full of winding cobblestone streets and tapas bars set into the wall, serving cheap glasses of tangy orange wine – a local speciality.

As the sun begins to set, I head to the Eme rooftop bar and sip on a salt-crusted margarita.

Ahead, I watch in fascination as the rays strike the ornate cornices of the walls of the cathedral and adjacent La Giralda bell tower, which was originally part of the city’s first mosque.

The wow moment

Another neighborhood worth exploring is Triana, considered the birthplace of flamenco dance.

To admire the passionate performances like a local, visit the hidden taverna La Carboneria

New for 2022

If you are looking for a cheaper hotel option, check out the newly opened ibis Styles Sevilla City Santa Justa.

The modern, chic property features a fabulous rooftop pool and large shaded courtyard for morning coffee or evening cocktails.

Rooms from £80 per night.

The Grand Hotel

Treat yourself to a stay at the Grand Hotel Alfonso XIII – in the heart of the city and a quick €4 (£3.49) bus from the airport.

The hotel was built by King Alfonso XIII in 1929 – and has all the royal ambience you would expect. From crowns on lamps to first class service and a view of a real palace – the Palacio de San Telmo – across the street.

Fantastic feast

FOR a special occasion, BOOK a table at Mariatrifulca, which serves refined Mediterranean cuisine on a terrace with the best sunset river views.

Likewise, Mamarracha is a trendy, green oasis off a busy main street, where the Iberian sirloin steak is the trend.

cultural solution

The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world, better known as Las Setas or “The Mushrooms”.

Stroll through the food market and explore the museum of Roman and medieval finds discovered during construction.

top tour

Hop on e-scooters for a tapas tour.

We booked through Airbnb Experiences and accompanied guide Luis as he zoomed around the city, teaching us its history and pausing to enjoy locals’ favorite dishes.

We ate slabs of Spanish goat’s cheese called payoyo at Barrabas Triana and then oxtail stew at Pepe Hillo, which is decorated with a bullfighting motif. Both served the Sevillian beer Cruzcampo, chilled on tap.

With the children

WALK to the river at the large Plaza de Espana and Maria Luisa Park – perfect for cooling off after a stroll through the city streets.

Or take a journey through history with fun rides at Isla Mágica Theme Park.

Another treat

The Mercado Lonja del Barranco, a former riverside fish market, has been transformed into a tapas lover’s dream.

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Alongside the Iberian ham and empanada counters, I grabbed a plate of hearty chorizo ​​paella for the equivalent of a few pounds.

Down on the patio, the G&Ts toasted the perfect weekend. It was a little what you imagine and more – just like Seville itself.

GO: Seville

GET THERE: Vueling flies Gatwick to Seville from £26.99 per person return, see vueling.com

STAY THERE: The Hotel Alfonso XIII costs from €400 (£350) per night, based on two people.

FROM & ABOUT: A city tour including tapas on an e-scooter costs from 57.50 euros per adult. See airbnb.com/experiences

MORE INFO: See visitasevilla.es/en.

The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world, better known as Las Setas or

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The Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world, better known as Las Setas or “The Mushrooms”.Photo credit: Getty
Historic Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter, is full of winding cobblestone streets and hole-in-the-wall tapas bars

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Historic Santa Cruz, the former Jewish Quarter, is full of winding cobblestone streets and hole-in-the-wall tapas barsPhoto credit: Getty
Explore Triana, considered the birthplace of flamenco dance

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Explore Triana, considered the birthplace of flamenco dancePhoto credit: Getty
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