A guide to Seville by neighborhood

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For every trip I go on, I always do a detailed guide that involves me watching any and all travel episodes on the area, scouring through hours of YouTube videos, buying books and reading countless articles. I even do a color-coded map, with suggested itineraries for each day, just because I really want to maximize whatever time I have there.

BAR El Comercio at Santa Cruz.

I did a huge trip to Spain with my family a few months ago, and I loved all the cities we traveled to, but one of the most picturesque was Seville. Since it was my first time in the city, this guide’s a little more touristy and a little less off-the-beaten-path, but I’d love to share it with you anyway.

BODEGUITA Romero’s chuletita.

SANTA CRUZ

Barrio Santa Cruz was a pleasure to stay in, right smack in the middle of Seville, but still with plenty of charm. There’s a lot of tiny streets with local shops and restaurants, several plazas and a bunch of museums dedicated to flamenco. At night, a lot of the restaurants turn into watering holes for its locals, with some places dating back to the ‘50s or even older.

Where to eat:
Bodeguita Romero
La Azotea
Taberna Alavaro Peregil
La Fresquita
Bar el Comercio

What to do and where to go:
Plaza Nueva
Plaza Alfaro
La Giralda

FREIDURAS at the Mercado Lonja del Barranco.
FREIDURAS at the Mercado Lonja del Barranco.

EL ARENAL

Home to what is arguably Spain’s most popular bullring, this district is just across the river that was once Europe’s most important port. Now, it’s relatively quiet and residential, which means old attractions sit beside swankier new bars and restaurants.

Where to eat:
Freiduria la Isla
Casa Morales
La Brunilda
La Gintoneria
Mercado Lonja del Barranco
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What to do and where to go:
Reales Atarazanas
Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza

A small square in Triana.

TRIANA

The gypsy quarter remains one of Seville’s most popular locales, and is one of the most stunning in terms of architecture and decor. Gypsy art covers the walls around tapas bars and squares, and is present in the ceramics scene in the area. It has the most popular mercado (market) in Seville, that once used to be a medieval castle.

Where to eat:
Mercado de Triana

What to do and where to go:
Puente de Triana

SECRETO iberico from the market in Triana.
SECRETO iberico from the market in Triana.

FERIA

If grungy is your thing, Feria is a barrio full of spark and spunk. The local flea market gathers everyone from the older residents to Seville’s young artsy set. This means that hip stores that house vintage clothing, and fun, sophisticated eateries are spread around the Alameda, a rectangular plaza marked by the statues of Hercules that loom above it.

Where to eat:
Contenedor
Eslava

What to do and where to go:
Alameda de Hercules
Feria Flea Market

HAKE and baby sweetbreads from La Azotea.CENTRO

The main pulse of Seville beats in the Centro, close to Santa Cruz. All the malls and shops reside in this area, and is Seville’s busiest district. The famous wooden mushrooms called La Setas, or the Metropol Parasol, is a stunning modern structure that nests beautifully amongst Seville’s ancient architecture. Climb on top for the best views.

Where to eat:
La Campana
El Rinconcillo
Bar Santa Marta

What to do and where to go:
Casa de la Memoria
Metropol Parasol
Plaza Encarnacion

PLAZA de Toros de La Maestranza.

DISTRITO SUR

When people think of Seville, they are most likely thinking of its two most popular sights, which are located here. Plaza de Espana was built in the 1920s, and is so impressive, the crew of Star Wars used it as one of their locations. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, the Real Alcazar was transformed into Dorne, and is Seville’s best example of Moorish architecture.

What to do and where to go:
Plaza de Espana
Real Alcazar de Seville
Palacio de San Telmo
Plaza del Triunfo

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