I had a lovely week in Seville the week before last. It is situated on the Guadalquivir river, or Wad Al Quivir, as I discovered whilst visiting the Roman ruins under the metropol parasol, or Las Setas, designed by a German architect, Jürgen Mayer, and claiming to be the world’s largest wooden structure. It is very impressive, and slightly surreal amongst the old streets of Seville.
I went with a vegan friend, and it was quite difficult to find a variety of things that she could eat. She survived mainly on gazpacho, chips and salad. We found 3 places that had a little more variety, slightly different to the usual – one was Toc Toc Tapas, another was El Enano Verde, and the other was Puro & Bio which was our favourite as not only did they do rice milk ice cream, they made great mojitos too.
El Alcázar de Sevilla is amazing, and a must. I can´t say the same for the horse and cart rides around the city. I felt so sorry for the horses being plagued by flies and hanging around in the 48-degree heat for hours on end.
We really enjoyed the river cruise and the hop on hop off bus. A tip we were given by DJ who was selling the tickets, you can use it for 24 hours, so if you buy it at 4pm one day you can use it until 4pm the next day – and we were allowed to use it until 10pm the following day.
We went over to Triana one evening for some drinks and tapas with friends and had a lovely evening. That was when I spoke the most Spanish, and I really enjoyed it. So much so that we went back the following evening.
We went to a flamenco show (how touristy of us) at La Casa de La Guitarra which was excellent, with Pepe León El Ecijano, singing, Carmelo Picón on guitar (amazing) and a dancer. That and the evening in Triana were the best parts for me.