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The best places to eat in Seville

Eating out in Seville is such a pleasure. We can go for a meal in a restaurant, tapas in the centre or experience the flavors of a Gastrobar. Tapas and good food is quintessential Sevillian, so no need to waste time searching the internet for the capitals best of the best restaurants or places to eat. Here at Innhostels we got just the blog post for you highlighting the best bars in each area. Let’s take a look!

What is there to eat in Seville? Traditional Sevillian dishes

What’s typically on the menu in Seville is anything that is considered to be the “best food around”. So you’ll find a fine selection of dishes from surrounding areas such as fried fish and seafood from Cadiz, to Cordoba’s classic salmorejo. Seville is renowned for serving Cruzcampo beer and it is never to be missed at a lunchtime table. This cool beer goes down perfectly with a “serranito” (loin pork and fried pepper roll) or a “mantecado” (sirloin steak sandwich with whiskey and chips) great for a light yet satisfying snack. Let us now tell you about some of liveliest areas in Seville with some of the most delicious places to eat out.

Where is there to eat out in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz

There are many areas to eat out in Seville, however the most central and typical is the neighborhood of Santa Cruz or The Old Sevillian Jewish quarter. The first place we’ll mention is the Giralda Brewery. It is a bar located at the foot of one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, hence its name. It has been open since 1923 and since then it has been serving traditional tapas made from produce of the surrounding Seville countryside.

Besides the tasty tapas, Giralda Brewery is a interior design marvel which has attracted many an intellect, writer and artist over the years. The walls are covered with tiles which have witnessed gatherings of these like-minded people who come to meet and share ideas. A perfect place if you want to stop for a cold beer and a “tapa de toro” (bull).

Las Columnas brewery is another classic in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz.  A hideout where you can enjoy a beer with a “pringá montadito” (pulled mixed meat roll) or a tapa of “tortillitas o buñuelos de bacalao” (cod fritters). However, the menu doesn’t end here. Among the house specials include “tortillita de camarones” (shrimp fritters) or “el revuelto de calabacín” (scrambled egg zucchini). Just a quick summary of some the best traditional cuisine from Seville.

Also very close to the Cathedral is the Colonial Tavern. It is almost always a full house, so we advise you to book a table in advance. In traditional Andalusian style you’ll notice a lot of hustle and bustle and probably a bit of a wait on food but it’s worth it; the food is delicious and just soaking up the atmosphere means you are really getting a feel for the Sevilian culture. On the menu we recommend some of the tastiest tapas such as “solomillo al whisky” (whisky sirloin steak) “tosta de salmorejo” (creamy cold tomato soup), “jamón y huevos de codorniz”  (ham and quail eggs) “manjar blanco” (breaded chicken breast with almond sauce).

Where to eat out in neighborhood of Triana

In the neighborhood of Triana in Seville you won’t find yourself short for places to eat. It is one of the most visited places in of Seville and therefore full of choice and flavoursome food. With its unparalleled beauty and distinct identity Triana also has its unique gastronomy. Las Golondrinas is famous for its “puntas de solomillo” (sirloin tips) as well as “champiñones a la plancha” (grilled mushrooms). A special mention to should be also made of the Freiduría Reina Victoria (Queen Victoria Frier) where you find an array of fried fish and seafood. Another not-to-be-missed bar is Solomon, Rey de los Pinchitos (The King of Skewers). As the name suggests, you won’t be leaving without devouring a Moorish skewer, and probably trying their veal with almonds or aubergines with honey. Value for money here, quality and price, is exceptional.

However, if you are looking for a restaurant with gourmet dishes overlooking the river, Abades Triana is the place for you. Divided into several areas, each with expansive windows with panoramic views, this gem will leave you feeling like you have landed VIP seats. Admiring the stunning views of Seville capital, here you can taste creations such as “huevos fritos rotos con atún y trufa” (fried eggs with tuna and truffle), “cachete de ternera con vieiras” (veal cheeks with scallops) or “corvina confitada con sopa malagueña” (seabass confit with fish broth)

Where to eat out in Alameda de Hércules

Undoubtedly some of the best atmosphere in the capital of Seville can be found in the Alameda de Hércules. This is the place for an all-dayer.  Here you can stroll about and stop off for tapas during the day, whilst polishing off the evening with drinks dancing with friends at the local bars or nightclubs. El Duo Tapas is a popular go-to in the area. With food well priced and dishes well presented, this place is always full to the brim with locals, so if you want lunchtime table you’re going to have to book in advance. Also don’t forget to try their amazing carrot cakes or cheesecakes, definitely some of the best in around. In the Calle Calatrava you’re find El Antojo, a bar with its own style and elaborate tapas. Here the traditional spanish kitchen meets the contemporary world. A fusion of flavours and dishes where you’ll be ordering “huevo con cáscara y carbón de bacalao” (egg in its shell with charcoaled cod) quite the culinary experience.

Finally another place albeit a little more traditional, is the Abacería La niña bonita. Retaining the essence of an old grocery store, it has an all round pleasant atmosphere. The menu serves up cold cuts of meat served in brown paper. However belonging to the Antojo bar, so you can order the dishes from this restaurant as well.

Where to stay to enjoy the best gastronomy Seville has to offer

As mentioned, Seville offers great choice. You can eat really well pretty much anywhere and at very affordable prices, although if you are only spending a few fleeting days sightseeing, the best place by far is in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. This is the area for breakfast with views of the Giralda or evening drinks on a rooftop terrace overlooking the city.

Inn Hostels Sevilla

At Inn Hostels Sevilla we have private and shared rooms in the center of the city, right in the middle of the Santa Cruz neighborhood. We have all the necessary services available: 24-hour reception, free cancellation from our website, bathroom accessories, air-conditioning, lockers, etc. So all you need to worry about is getting out and about to discover this incredible city.

Sevilla Inn Apartments

If you come as a group or as a family looking for privacy, do not hesitate to ask about our apartments located in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz. All are equipped with kitchen and private bathroom so you can spend your holidays as if you were at home.

 

If this has left your mouth watering from the array of tapas the capital has to offer, don’t hesitate to book with us through our website for an experience of a lifetime.

Complete guide to the April Fair in Seville 2019

The April Fair in Seville or otherwise known as “The Feria” is one of the most loved festivities in the capital along with Easter Holy Week. This event is a save-the-date for locals and Andalusia at large. In fact, during this week the center of the city seems to relocate itself to the neighborhood of the Remedies, next to the Guadalquivir, which is where this party takes place. If you have decided that 2019 is going to be the year for Seville Fair celebrations, let Innhostels give you a few tips to prepare you before even setting foot in the hostel. Lets go!

 

When is Seville’s April Fair aka “The Feria”?

The April Fair is declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest and begins two weeks after the end of Easter Holy Week. Which means this year 2019 April Fair will actually be held from May 4th to 11th, because Easter Holy Week was late this year; this is third time that the event hasn’t taken place in the month of April (the same happened in 2011 and 2014). Its 7 days long, from Saturday to Saturday. The first day is always celebrated by the grand opening of fair which takes place in the evening. It is known as the night of “alumbrao” (to light up) whereby the turning on of the lights illuminates the whole fairground and open-air-venue. The lighting is truly spectacular, bringing everything alive and igniting that party spirit.

The first Saturday is also known as “pescaíto frito” (fried fish) due to the fact the “casetas” (the temporary shacks that sell food and drink) traditionally offer a variety of fried fish that see many party-goers enjoying an evening of dining and socializing with friends and family. The local holidays for this festival this year will be on the Wednesday.

 

What is there to do in Seville during the April Fair?

The is only one plan for the “Feria” (April Fair) and its universal: let your hair down and just have some fun! In the fairground you will find more than 1,000 shacks. They come in all shapes and sizes and each uniquely decorated as a home from home for Sevillians and their guests. From green-and-reddish-white striped canvas to lace curtains and wooden tables and chairs; a quaint and quintessentially Andalusian touch that you can’t help but fall in love with. And whilst most of these shacks are private, there’s always a chance of making friends with somebody to gain that “VIP” access to a private shack.

Most of these shacks have live flamenco music and “Sevillanas” (a version of Spanish dancing that is danced in partners and has a set routine). If you have no idea how to dance Sevillanas don’t panic, the spanish love sharing their culture and watching others people getting involved. You can either improvise from your neighbouring dance partner or some locals will even encourage you to follow their steps.  It’s all about enjoying yourself.

Another Feria classic is “Rebujito”, a cocktail jug of lemonade, lime and local white wine Sherry either Manzanilla o Fino. Its refreshing and goes down effortlessly. So our advice is whilst its appears on taste to be an innocent soft drink, the alcoholic content is deceptive quickly catching up with you. Steady yourself if don’t fancy a heady next morning! Alternatively do as the locals do and a have a bite to eat between each drink to soak up the excess; spanish omelette or Iberian ham go down well.

To end the day, it is tradition to have donuts and churros (long donuts) with chocolate. Head over to the “Patio de las Buñoleras”, to the left of the Portada Real, and try the best donuts in Seville. The icing on the cake to your Sevillan Fair experience.

Bullfighting in the Maestranza

Whilst the art of bullfighting might not be for everyone, to this day it is still a popular and noble sport enjoyed by many in Spain. The April Fair in Seville is a great opportunity to see some the greatest figures in contemporary bullfighting today. It is a grand social event whereby the famous bullfighters meet at the Teatro de la Maestranza.  In 2019 you will be able to watch household names such as Morante, El Juli, Rafael Serna, Jose Maria Manzanares, Roca Rey, Castella or Perera. You can either buy a full ticket to attend all the fights or just per afternoon of bullfighting.

The price ranges from 7 euros to see the “Novilladas” (young bull fighting) in the higher tiers or up to 174 euros to sit front row at the “Corrida de Toros” (experienced bullfighting).

 

Tips for the April Fair in Seville

The April Fair is held in the neighborhood of Los Remedios, a short way from the historic center. The City Council reinforces its fleet of buses at this time so you can easy arrive by public transport and it’s advisable seeing as the whole population of the city relocates to this areas temporary. Once on site, you can check the site map to find both public or private shacks. As we mentioned you’ll need an invitation for the private ones. This will be the second consecutive year in which there will be a tourist shack on Calle Pascual Márquez, 225, which will have staff from the Tourism Consortium offering information in English, German, and French. There you’re find a lot of music and rebujitos, as well as reservations for dinners and lunches which take into account the special schedules of tourists.

What shall I wear to the April Fair?

So for men don’t worry about wearing a suit or the classic horseback attire, stick to what most  people do, just being “well-dressed” and “presentable”. So light shirt, smart trousers and a blazer and comfortable but formal shoes, as there is a lot of walking, but no flip-flops or trainers. For women, the ideal is to go with a flamenco dress. They sell and rent these in many stores in Seville although the closer the date, the higher their prices. Another option is elegant and formal clothes, so as not to clash with the locals. The Fair is smart and elegant fair, so informal won’t cut it, you’re going to need to your best clothes with you during this holiday. Remember ladies, smart but comfortable shoes.

 

Where to stay at the April fair in Seville?

If you have already decided to come to Seville for the Feria, book your accommodation in the center of the city with Innhostels. You have the option of staying in single, shared rooms or apartments. It’s up to you!

Inn Hostels Sevilla

Our accommodation is located in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, smack bang in the historic center of the city. Thanks to excellent public transport: bicycle, tram or bus, this area is easily connected with other neighborhoods in Seville. We have shared rooms or private rooms with ensuites. Both options include free breakfast.

Apartamentos en Sevilla

We have apartments for 4 or 6 people. All are equipped with everything you need to make you feel at home, such as air conditioning, towels, kitchen, bathroom accessories, clothes rack, etc. All our staff live in Seville and are available to give advice on what you can do at the Seville April Fair 2019 .

Guide to Holy Week (Easter) in Sevilla 2019

Easter or as the Spanish call “Holy Week”, which we prefer as it better sums up the atmosphere felt during this celebration, has been declared as an international tourist interest.  It is also another of renowned festivals celebrated in spring in Seville alongside The Feria (April Fair).  During this time the Passion of Christ is commemorated by hundreds of Nazarenes (Followers) and the Costaleros (Bearers) who lead the processions by carrying heavy iconic statues.

With devotees flocking to the streets and huddling in doorways, being part of the experience amid the crowds leaves a lasting impression: the intense emotion of Holy Week. If one thing is sure, Easter in Seville, won’t leave you feeling indifferent.

 

How is Easter, Holy Week, celebrated in Seville ?

Whether you’re a religious believer or not, Holy Week in Seville is a unique spectacle. This powerful cultural tradition is an eye-opener. Seeing the street lined with people marching to the sound of drum beats and brass brands whilst fully clocked head to toe in velvet gowns and pointy hats is inevitable captivating. You can’t help but succumb to an ambience that can only be understood by simple being part of the experience. Let us at Innhostels give you a brief overview:

  • Itinerary: The route that each Brotherhood, an association or community of people linked by their common interest and religion, crosses the center of the city of Seville during Holy Week. It is important to know when and where the processions are taking place so you can get there ahead of time and grab yourself a good spot.
  • Official Race: The route which by all the processions pass through. It’s not possible to go to visit this area without having rented a chair or a box. Buying yourself a seat for a few days is complicated, the best idea is to buddy up with a good Sevillian friend who can invite you to sit in their box. This route starts at the Plaza de la Campana and runs through Sierpes, Salvador Square, Constitution Avenue, Cathedral and Virgen de los Reyes Square.
  • The Bulla: La Bulla (the commotion) is the agglomeration of people who gather around to see “Los Pasos”, the procession carrying heavy iconic statues. The crowd makes it almost impossible to move freely. If you find yourself in the midst of the Bulla just let go, allow yourself to be carried away by the adventure of the human tide; being part of the “commotion” in trusting in the experience. However if you need to pass through, just kindly ask permission.
  • La Madrugá: This what they call “The Dawn” from the Thursday to Friday. Some well-known processions such as La Esperanza Macarena (The Hope of Macarena) La Trianera, El Gran Poder (The Great Power)  or La hermandad de los Gitanos (The Gypsy Brotherhood) march during these hours.
  • Pregonero: Pregonero means The Town Crier. As in many other festivities, the figure of the Town Crier announces the beginning of Easter Holy Week. This year, 2019 the position will be held by a woman, Charo Padilla, a journalist and collaborator of different media outlets with extensive experience of radio broadcasting of Easter Holy Week in Seville.

Itinerary Holy Week of Seville 2019

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday although there are brotherhoods that start procesiones two days before, on Friday of Sorrow and the Saturday of Passion. Easter Holy Week of 2019 will see 71 brotherhoods participating with numerous Nazarenes (Followers) and Costaleros (Bearers) among others. From Palm Sunday until Resurrection Sunday, 60 brotherhoods will take place and the other 11 will march on The Friday of Sorrows and on The Saturday of Passion.

Those who go out on Palm Sunday perform the Official Race whose purpose is to reach the Cathedral of Seville (The Penance Station). This route is regulated, with the Brotherhoods placing chairs out that can be purchased by a pass in advance.

The schedules and itinerary of the procession are complicated, so it is essential to have a program of Holy Week in Seville 2019. This way you will not miss out on some of the most iconic imagery such as the Macarena, the Gypsies, The Great Power, the Triana or El Cachorro “The Puppy”.

 

What is there to do during Easter Holy Week in Seville?

If you have at hand the Seville 2019 Easter Holy Week program, you probably won’t know where to start. Let us at Innhostel give you some tips that will help you out if you decide take part in this very special date in the Seville calendar.

 

Tips to go to the Holy Week in Seville

  • Keep the itinerary handy: the processions meet your schedule almost exactly. Of course arriving at the time stated on the program won’t secure your spot at the front row for the. People usually group together hours before the arrival of the pass.
  • Comfortable shoes: consider that you will be walking for many hours through the centre of Seville.
  • Provisions: take a backpack with water and some snacks, because you never know when you will find yourself in the midst of a crowd “commotion” which will have you waiting until for the procession
  • Respect: if we had to sum up Easter Holy Week in Seville with one word, it would be When a procession is on its way to the Cathedral, everyone is silent. This respect creates a deafening silence one could say “you could hear a pin drop”.
  • Eat churros in the Madrugá: if you are able to power through until 5am in the morning to experience the unforgettable Madrugá, don’t miss on the “age old tradition” of wolfing down some delicious churros with chocolate (long style Spanish donuts) before hitting the sack!

Where to stay in Seville during Easter Holy Week?

The best to stay in Seville and fully invoking the essence of Easter Holy Week is, undoubtedly, right slap bang in the centre of the city.  At Innhostel we have different types of accommodation in the Barrio de Santa Cruz area, just few steps from the Cathedral which is the hub of where everything happens. Come visit us and forget about the car.

Inn Hostels Seville

At Innhostel we have shared rooms for travelers who want to share experiences; individual rooms for those who need more privacy and apartments for those traveling with family or friends.

We have all the necessary services to make you feel at home: reception, breakfast “take away”, luggage storage, laundry service, free Wi-Fi, activities, etc.

Apartments in Seville

We have apartments for 6 people and studios for 4. All are equipped with a kitchen and essentials; towels, clothes rack, air conditioning, heating and TV. Check availability on our website.

 

If you are thinking about experiencing this epic festival, Holy Week in Seville this 2019, don’t hesitate, book your accommodation now at  Innhostel. Find us in the city centre.

 

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