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Seville Off the Beaten Path

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Seville's tourist path is well trodden. Apart from being home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, southern Spain's capital city has been shaped by major entities such as Columbus, the Moors, and a recent Iberoamerican Fair. But Seville holds far more mystery than meets the eye, and beneath its glossy surface is a history and culture that most tourists don't see.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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9 Places

Triana

Neighbourhoods

Centro Cultural Santa Clara

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

Ancient Ruins

Freiduria Puerta de la Carne

Restaurants

Casa de la Memoria

Theatre & Performances

Aire de Sevilla

Spas, Speciality & Gift Shops

Taberna Alvaro Peregil

Restaurants

Torre de los Perdigones

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers

Onrador Del Convento de San Leandro

Restaurants

Cat G's City Tips

  • Museums, sites, and restaurants tend to close one day a week, and may have seasonal opening times. It's wise to check with the tourism office for hours, reduced fares, or events.
  • If you speak Spanish, don't miss El Giradillo, a what's on guide to Andalusia's major cities. You'll find information on art, theater, dance, music, exhibitions, and workshops.
  • Noise pollution is real in Spain. If you're not into loud locals and crowded bars, you're better off steering clear of the city center.
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    Triana
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    Cat G Says:

    Once known as the gypsy and mariner neighborhood, Triana oozes old Sevillano charm, just don't say that to the locals — 'trianeros' like to distinguish themselves from their across-the-river counterparts! There isn't much to see by way of churches or museums here, so spend your time getting lost in Triana's tangle of cobblestoned streets, popping into taverns and markets along the way. Triana is all about feeling.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The last week of July each year, Calle Betis hosts Velá Santa Ana, where fried fish is served on the street. Holy Week is also a big draw to this neighborhood.
    • Trianeros live in the streets, so look for packed bars and watering holes, and plan to stay here until the wee hours, whether in a thumping disco or at a flamenco bar.
    • Triana packs a lot of flamenco punch (residents sometimes claim it was invented here!). Ask a bartender where to catch a show, or if there is any "jaleo" going on.
    • Plan to be near the river at dusk. The way the sun hits the Old Town is unbeatable, and Triana's Calle Betis offers front-row seats at its bars and restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 370 things to do in Seville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Forgettable area 26/05/2015
    • Lovely area, good food, mostly locals 18/05/2015
    • Triana
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    Centro Cultural Santa Clara
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    Cat G Says:

    Housed in a gorgeous Almohad palace, which served as a convent until 1998, Centro Cultural Santa Clara is one of Seville's newest cultural centers, featuring offbeat exhibitions and music festivals. Such a historically significant and architecturally stunning building seems the ideal place to celebrate and protect the unique culture of Seville, with seasonal exhibits on anything from flamenco to local literature.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The majority of the building is wheelchair accessible, including the restrooms.
    • The center is open every day but Sunday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 370 things to do in Seville
    • Beautiful Cloister 23/01/2012
    • Excelente 17/05/2015
    • Centro Cultural Santa Clara
    Address:
    Calle Becas, s/n
    Seville 41002
    Spain
    Phone:
    955 47 13 02
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    Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
    Ancient Ruins
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    Cat G Says:

    Itálica is actually in the town of Santiponce, 9km (5.5mi) northwest of Seville's city center. Founded in the second century BC, this important archaeological site was one of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain, and the birthplace of emperors Trajan and Hadrian (of Hadrian's Wall fame). Today, you can visit the well-preserved ruins in a few hours, taking in an amphitheater, the original Roman road, ancient dwellings, and beautiful mosaics.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There isn't much shade on the grounds, so bring along proper sun protection.
    • Take public bus M-172A from Plaza de Armas bus station. The trip takes around 30 minutes, and you'll be let off right in front of the complex.
    • Psst... history buffs! Remnants of the Punic rule remain all over Seville — check Barrio Santa Cruz and the Metropol Parasol.
    • The archaeological site is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 370 things to do in Seville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 27/05/2015
    • Nice place to visit 24/05/2015
    • Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
    Address:
    Avda de Extremadura, 2
    Santiponce
    Seville 41970
    Spain
    Phone:
    00 34 955 62 22 66
    Other:
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    Freiduria Puerta de la Carne
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    Cat G Says:

    Fried fish might just be Seville's most famous food, and no one does 'fritura' like Freiduría Puerta de la Carne. In business since the 1929 Iberoamerican Fair, the joint serves little else but fried fare — battered in flour, thrown into a pan filled with hot olive oil, and served in a paper cone. There's little fanfare, but there doesn't need to be — locals flock to this restaurant for the food and the service, particularly on Sundays and holidays.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Seating is limited, but you can also eat your food outside in the adjacent Jardines de Murillo.
    • If you're not a fish eater, you can also order potato chips or croquettes.
    • Order here by the quarter, half, or full kilo. Prices are based on weight, and cash is the preferred method of payment.
    • Fish favorites include cuttlefish or dogfish.
    From the community
    Ranked #252 of 1,464 restaurants in Seville
    • Lovely fried fish 19/05/2015
    • For fried food lovers 31/03/2015
    • Freiduria Puerta de la Carne
    Address:
    Puerta de la Carne N0 2
    Seville 41004
    Spain
    Phone:
    954411159
    Other:
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    Casa de la Memoria
    Theatre & Performances
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    Cat G Says:

    What began as a project to preserve Sephardic history in the Santa Cruz neighborhood has grown into one of the most highly regarded flamenco shows in a city filled with overpriced offerings. A small museum and patio introduce visitors to the basics of the dance, as well as its history and most distinguished personalities, and then there is the show itself. Casa de la Memoria attracts some of the best artists in flamenco, and its intimate atmosphere ensures a memorable introduction to flamenco.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Seating is first come, first served. Doors open about 30 minutes before the show begins.
    • Alcohol is not served during the show, in order to ensure that the focus is on the artistry itself.
    • Flamenco shows occur nightly in two shifts, though weekend nights sometimes see three shows, according to demand.
    • Ask for student or resident discounts, if applicable.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 35 Theatre & Concerts in Seville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Riverdance on Steroids" 26/05/2015
    • The Real Thing 25/05/2015
    • Casa de la Memoria
    Address:
    Calle Cuna, 6
    Centro historico
    Seville 41004
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 954 56 06 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 11:00
    Other:
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    Aire de Sevilla
    Spas, Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Cat G Says:

    Paying homage to the public baths that were fundamental to both Roman and Arab cultures, Aire de Sevilla is a modern spa and bathhouse with Old World echoes. Situated on the site of ancient Arab baths (with Roman foundations) in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, the 16th-century mansion bears classic 'mudejar' style, replete with stone arches and stunning lanterns.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is not a place for families — guests are asked to maintain silence at all times.
    • You can opt to just visit the baths or get a package that includes a massage treatment, water ritual, or other spa treatments.
    • Pay a bit extra for the Moroccan tea and cookies! You'll get to lounge in the beautiful central patio for a while longer.
    • If you need to relax a bit more, it's only a handful of euros extra to add 30 minutes of bath time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Spas & Wellness in Seville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth it 28/05/2015
    • Could have been better 26/05/2015
    • Aire de Sevilla
    Address:
    Calle Aire, 15
    Seville 41004
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 955 01 00 25
    Other:
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    Taberna Alvaro Peregil
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    Cat G Says:

    Just steps from the tourist meccas of Barrio Santa Cruz and the cathedral, this hole-in-the-wall snack bar is known for its made-to-order sandwiches and orange wine. Álvaro Peregil, son of the famous flamenco singer Pepe Peregil, converted his great-grandfather's wine store into this tavern, which he owned until his death in 2012. It's with good reason that the rickety tables on the sidewalk are always filled with locals!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The house specialties are orange wine (called "vino dulce de naranja") and snails, particularly during the springtime.
    • No credit cards are accepted, and small bills are preferred.
    • If you're looking for more fare, Álvaro Peregil restaurant next door serves up typical favorites, though the real charm is with the curmudgeonly servers at the bar.
    • The women's bathroom is located next door at the back of the facility (bring a few napkins just in case!).
    • Befor 10pm, you can often order a liter of wine (called a "garrafa") to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #198 of 1,464 restaurants in Seville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Reasonably priced, but overrated. 09/05/2015
    • Great little bar! 18/03/2015
    • Taberna Alvaro Peregil
    Address:
    Calle Mateos Gago, 20
    Seville 41004
    Spain
    Phone:
    954 218 966
    Other:
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    Torre de los Perdigones
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts, Observation Decks & Towers
    Cat G Says:

    While most tourists climb the Giralda or the Metropol Parasol (an architectural newcomer), you'll get a different sort of bird's-eye view by visiting Torre de los Perdigones. Located just outside the city center and standing 45 meters (147 feet) tall, the observation deck holds a cámera oscura, a type of camera that allows light and mirrors to create a sort of moving picture of the Old Town.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Family
    Tips
    • The tower is closed on Monday, and on rainy days.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 370 things to do in Seville
    • Not for those with vertigo 01/05/2015
    • Mirante com Vista LINDA!!! 16/04/2015
    • Torre de los Perdigones
    Address:
    Calle Resolana s/n
    Seville
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34-954-90-93-53
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    Onrador Del Convento de San Leandro
    Restaurants (Spanish)
    Cat G Says:

    Convent sweets have long been beloved by locals, and now the cloistered nuns at convents around the city are peddling their wares to the greater public. The Convent of San Leandro is one of the city's biggest producers of sweets, most notably their 'Yemas de San Leandro,' made with egg yolks, sugar, and lemon zest. You can have them packaged up for your afternoon coffee or to take back home.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While you're ordering your sweets, take a moment to view the beautiful church — it's worth a few minutes.
    • Also notable for their sweets are Convento de Santa Paula and Convento de San Inés.
    • Only cash is accepted, and smaller bills are preferred.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,017 of 1,464 restaurants in Seville
    • No pierdas la oportunidad de probar las famosas yemas de San Leandro 16/06/2014
    • Onrador Del Convento de San Leandro
    Address:
    Plaza San Ildefonso, 1
    Seville 41003
    Spain
    Other:
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