Seattleite Travels To Seville

Tapas, wine and flamenco in the South of Spain.

Places To Go: Seville is the most beautiful city I’ve ever laid my eyes on – and no matter which direction you turn, there will be something magnificent staring you in the face.

To properly enjoy what the city has to offer, spend the day walking around the old part of Seville to admire the elegant architecture and sidewalk cafes. Buy tickets to a flamenco show and dinner, which will most likely begin around 9 p.m. Make sure to spend the next morning on the tourist taxi, which takes you up and down the canal, touring the famous bridges of Seville.

Incredible Edibles: Seville is famous for their Tapas, which can range from small flaky pastries filled with cheese to fresh fish tossed in garlic and crème sauce. Since Tapas bar are ubiquitous in Seville, these treats are readily available wherever you are in the city.

Good Libations: Spain is wine country — the nation is the third largest wine producer in the world. If you like whites, then you might enjoy Cava, a sparkling white (or pink) from the Catalonia region. Or, if you prefer the reds, why not try a glass of Rioja, made from the Tempranillo — Spain’s “noble grape.” Dessert wines are plentiful here, as well — after all, the Southern Spanish town of Jerez is the birthplace of sherry.

Homegrown Style: Just as the city, the locals in Seville are exquisitely beautiful. Fashion in Spain is all about bold, bright colors mixed with designer heels, oversized bags and chunky jewelry. In fact, when I visited Seville, I was lucky enough to see a wedding taking place in a park on the canal!

Local Quote: “Spain, Seville, we are about beauty and life. Your day is never about the work, it’s never about the schooling. Your day is about the life, and the beautiful people who make up that life. Relaxation is something Americans don’t seem to truly understand. In Seville, life is always relaxation – otherwise, how can you enjoy it?” – Cris, 31, Flamenco Dancer.

The 411: If you aren’t familiar with Spanish culture, make sure to do a little research. Manner and socializing are different there, and if you are unfamiliar with their customs, it can come across as rude. The Spanish are some of the most welcoming, friendly people you’ll find in Europe. However, don’t be offended if you are cut off in conversation — sometimes, manners get lost in translation!

Article authored by Natasha Jarmick.