Home to the magnificent Alcázar, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary of the See and the Plaza de España, Seville is a must-visit on any vacation to Spain. Enjoying the scents of the orange blossoms lining the streets, sampling tapas in the afternoon or taking in a traditional Flamenco performance could keep anyone busy for hours. But Seville offers some wonderful lesser-known secrets as well. Here are some of Seville’s off-the-beaten-track destinations we think you shouldn’t miss:
1. Visit the Parque de María Luisa—To reach Sevlle’s principal public park, you might enjoy a walk along the river or hire a horse-drawn carriage near the cathedral.
2. Shop around Calle Sierpes—Calle Sierpes is the main pedestrian mall in Seville. While the shopping is good, it’s easy to get lost in the alleys off Sierpes. When you’re ready for a break, Seville’s best known bakery, Confitería la Campana, has an outdoor terrace at the end of this street—not to mention some amazing pastries!
3. Visit El Museo de Bellas Artes—The Museum of Fine Arts is housed in a former 17th-century convent and contains one of Spain’s finest art collections. The museum focuses on the Spanish School, including artists such as Murillo and Zurbarán (the museum closes at 8:00pm).
4. Cruise along the Guadalquivir—Seville’s most important monuments were built along the Guadalquivir River, the city’s historic main artery. Cruises with commentaries in English depart from the docks near the Torre de Oro every half hour.
5. Explore the Triana neighborhood—Located across the Guadalquivir from the historic town center, this quarter was named after the Roman Emperor Trajan who was born in the nearby town of Italica. This neighborhood has been the birthplace of many famous bullfighters and Flamenco artists, and even today, Trianeros nurture their connection to local Roma communities.
What is your favorite way to pass the time in sunny Seville, Spain?