Strolling Seville’s cobblestone streets beneath the sunshine is one of my favorite things to do. But it’s not a trip to Seville without stopping for tapas and wine, something this Andalusian haunt does better than almost any other destination in Spain. Where else can you sip sherry and nibble solomillo al whisky, a slice of tender meat drenched in a whisky-infused sauce, to the sounds and sights of spontaneous flamenco?
And there’s no better way to recover from a long day than with a full-bodied red wine paired with carrilleras, slow-cooked beef cheek. Seville is for tourists, but also for foodies, or for anyone who prioritizes a trip to a food market or tapas bar over another church or historic attraction.
Seville is hot and sunny, especially in summer. Dress accordingly, and bring sunblock.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a flamenco show, which often comes with drinks and dinner.
Start exploring Seville’s Santa Cruz neighborhood to see famous attractions such as the Real Alcázar and Seville Cathedral. If you’re feeling peckish, stop in tapas bars along the way for drinks and snacks. If you’re unsure what to order, a walking tour that includes food stops is the ideal way to explore the city center and its food scene.
It’s not a trip to Spain without testing out sangria, from traditional red sangria to white sangria made with cava to sherry sangria. That evening, get a feel for Seville from up above with a rooftop sangria-tasting experience.
Experiencing the nearby Jerez’s sherry culture is a must. You can visit the town by bus or rental car from Seville. Jerez has several different sherry wineries open for tastings, or you can explore the city center, stopping in local bars to try your luck at ordering some of the different kinds, like fino sherry or amontillado sherry.
For an authentic foodie adventure, consider a cooking class experience held in a local’s home. You’ll gain insight into Sevillano culture and make new local friends. You’ll also get to share the meal you’ve cooked with your hosts and bring the new recipes you’ve mastered home with you.
Don’t leave Seville without experiencing the sights and sounds of flamenco. Consider booking a show that includes drinks and dinner, so you can combine a gastronomic experience with a cultural one.