Three days in Seville – parks, palaces, flamenco and tapas – day 3
09.00 – breakfast and park tour
Start the day with breakfast at a café near the Maria Luisa Park – Café Ambar on Avenida Carlos V is a low-key option popular with locals. Afterwards, head over to the cathedral and hire a horse and carriage. A well-trodden route is to pass through the historic streets to tour around Maria Luisa Park itself – Seville’s main green area with a large stretch running directly alongside the river. The park originally comprised the grounds of the nearby Palace San Telmo and much of the grandeur is intact today. You’ll be privy to local Sevillanos going about their daily business in the park, including those taking part in Tai Chi classes
11:30 – Metropol Parasol
The Metropol Parasol on Plaza de la Encarnación is a modern architectural take on a covered market and shopping area. The slightly futuristic, mushroom-like construction is apparently the largest wooden structure in the world. Underneath, there’s an eclectic combination of attractions to explore, from food and farmers’ markets and small shops, to a basement archaeological museum and ruins found when the site was being excavated. There are also a number of great cafés for a coffee pit stop.
13:00 - Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos
(or ‘Pilate’s House’) is yet another palace and national monument in this city that embodies culture and decadence. It is the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli, who have had a dukedom spanning decades. Still in operation as an official residence today, it’s a fascinating and quaint building to explore, and on a far more modest scale than some of the other palaces in the city. The ‘azulejo’ tiles are some of the finest to be seen in Seville.
El Rincon del Tito
is a small, local restaurant nearby and is an ideal spot for some lunch on the pavement seating. You’ll notice mostly local people dining and chatting here and the prices are cheaper than other restaurants in the tourist areas. The restaurant serves cold and hot tapas such as grilled tenderloin in whisky sauce and homemade croquettes.
15:00 – flamenco time
Have some fun on your last afternoon in Seville by having a look around some shops selling traditional Andalusian dress and flamenco outfits. Plaza de la Alfalfa has some great options, with shops in the vicinity selling everything from Panama hats to flamenco dresses, as well as some more everyday-appropriate tailored clothes.
Continue the flamenco theme by visiting the Flamenco Museum
on Calle de Manuel Rojas Marcos. As well as learning about the history of flamenco and getting to see the insides of the 18th
-century building, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some flamenco classes in progress. The various costumes on display and art depicting flamenco will whet your appetite for watching a flamenco show later in the evening.
17:30 – tapas and dinner
Start the festivities of the evening early with a snack and drink at El Rinconcillo tapas bar on Calle Gerona. It’s one of the oldest tapas bars in Seville and is full of character. Wend away the early evening with the locals, before heading back over to the pretty Calle Betis in Triana for a final dinner. Abades Triana
is the ideal spot for an evening meal, with mood-filled surroundings and views over the river. Flavours vary from those with Moorish influence to typical Spanish and Mediterranean favourites. There is also a selection of caviars for those who love the finer things in life.
20:30 – Flamenco show
Your final evening in Seville will go out with a bang by watching a flamenco show at one of the city’s most popular spots, La Carbonería
. The building it’s housed in used to be a coal storage warehouse. The slightly industrial, warehouse feel of the place makes the flamenco all the more vibrant. With other flamenco shows set up across the city just for the entertainment of tourists, La Carboneria is more of a rare find, as plenty of locals frequent the venue too. While the show doesn’t typically start until around 11pm, going early ensures you grab a table with a good view and allows you to enjoy the anticipation building up to the show alongside local Sevillanos. When the show does begin, it’s moody and sultry, with just one singer, one dancer and a guitar player. Prepare to be spellbound on your last night in Seville!