Discover historic Southern Spain from Seville with our Authentic Andalucia breaks. Departing from a range of regional airports around the UK, these three and four night breaks provide a taste of the real Spain and include two great excursions and lots of opportunities to explore the Andalucian capital which was recently named best city to travel to in 2018 by Lonely Planet.
As well as a full day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz, Authentic Andalucia breaks include a Seville Discovery Ticket which will let you explore the best the city has to offer. With so much to see and do in Seville we’ve picked out some of the best things to do, sights to see and places to eat & drink to give you a head start in planning your trip.
Full day “country to coast” excursion to Jerez and Cadiz
Sunday for 3 night stays, Wednesday for 4 night stays
Explore the best of Andalucia with a full day trip through the stunning countryside to the historic towns of Jerez and Cadiz. Jerez is known throughout the world for its production of Sherry and you’ll get a chance to tour a traditional winery and enjoy a taste of its produce as well. As with many towns in Andalucia, Jerez has enjoyed a diverse history being first settled by the Romans, Moorish Arabs then Christian Castilians. This curious mix is reflected in the town’s historic buildings such as the Alcázar of Jerez, the Charterhouse of Jerez and the Cathedral of San Salvador – you’ll enjoy free time in Jerez to explore the town’s buildings, squares and streets.
Seville Discovery Ticket
Get under the skin of the Andalucian capital with the Seville Discovery Ticket. This explorer’s pass includes a 48 hour hop-on hop-off Seville City Sightseeing ticket which covers all of the city’s top sights. A round trip takes 75 minutes but there are 14 stops so you can get on and off as you wish; the perfect way to get around the city. Make sure you don’t miss the Torre del Oro, Plaza de España and Plaza del Duque.
There are four different walking tours included in your ticket. Explore Santa Cruz, Seville’s former Jewish Quarter and one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods; Triana, a traditional and typical area which features the best tapas in the city and Parque de María Luisa including Plaza de España, Seville’s most famous tourist site.
The Seville Discovery Ticket also gives you free entry to many of Seville’s top museums and attractions including Pabellón de la Navegación, the Real Betis stadium tour and Museo del Baile Flamenco. On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Pabellón de la Navegación is an interactive museum about Spanish maritime history and includes fascinating displays of artefacts brought back from the voyages to the New World, such as brightly-coloured feather headdresses, tropical insects and gold ingots as well as model ships, surgical instruments and an exciting range of interactive games – perfect for the young and young-at-heart! The Museo del Baile Flamenco or the Flamenco Dance Museum gives a great introduction into the culture of the legendary Spanish dance through interactive exhibits housed in a historic 18th century building. Football fans will be familiar with the city’s largest club, Sevilla FC via their recent European success but Seville’s second club, Real Betis also play in La Liga and you can visit their home ground, Estadio Benito Villamarín for a behind the scenes tour.
Alcázar of Seville
Discover Andalucia’s Moorish past at the Reales Alcázares de Sevilla. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the Alcázar is regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of Islamic architecture in Spain and is still used by the Spanish royal family as their official residence in Seville. The gardens and buildings of the Alcázar should be instantly recognisable as they have featured in major motion pictures such as Lawrence of Arabia and Kingdom of Heaven as well as doubling as the Dornish Water Gardens in Game of Thrones.
Continue your exploration of Spain’s Islamic history with an optional excursion to the world-famous Alhambra Palace in Granada including entry to the Alcazaba fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and the Sultan’s summer palace.
Also known as Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, Seville’s cathedral is one of the largest church buildings in the world and holds the remains of several Spanish monarchs as well as Christopher Columbus. A grand mosque was originally built on the site then converted after the Reconquista before the current Gothic cathedral was built to replace it and demonstrate the city’s wealth. The climb to the top of the bell tower, the Giralda, is well worth it for the spectacular views of the city from the top. The tower, originally a minaret, is a symbol of the city and is over 100 metres tall.
As with most Spanish cities, Seville’s cuisine is based around tapas; small plates that can be eaten as a snack or collected as a main meal. One of Seville’s best is Bar Alfalfa in the town centre. Although small, it’s definitely worth trying to squeeze in for fantastic, traditional tapas at reasonable prices.
One of TripAdvisor’s top picks is Taberna Bocatti di Cardinale in Seville Este, slightly outside the city centre so is something of a hidden gem. The restaurant serves classic Spanish tapas and local favourites along with a selection of wines and beers. It’s popular with locals which is always a good sign!
La Carbonería is the place to be for flamenco after dark. Packed with locals and tourists alike, once the sangria starts flowing a great atmosphere is guaranteed.
Bodeguita Romero is a traditional Andalucia establishment combining a grocery store with a restaurant and bar. This family business is famed for its sherry and local delicacies such as pig’s cheeks!
Casa Morales is definitely something of a hidden gem despite being just a few streets away from the Cathedral. A typical bodega with a back room bar serving tapas and a great selection of wines and beers at reasonable prices.
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