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Hot in Spanish Seville

Seville is loved for its characteristic buildings and Moorish style: romantic to a tee. By no means modest now that increasing numbers of premises with international allure and flair are opening up.

Seville City

Seville is unashamedly begging for a city tour infused with oohs and aahs. This is largely due to the Moors, who left their mark after almost a century of rule in large parts of Spain and Portugal. There are beautiful courtyards, such as that of Real Alcázar palace, one of Europe’s oldest royal palaces. A number of floors are still in use by the Spanish royal family. The Moors decorated the palace with colourful tiles and impressive carvings, Gothic and Renaissance elements were added as Seville expanded over the centuries. It’s a sight to behold.

The crescent-shaped Plaza de España is also a must-see and within the old city walls there is the stately avenue Alameda de Hércules in the Alameda district, built in 1574 as a public garden and now surrounded by bars and restaurants; nice for a leisurely stroll. Within walking distance of the Giralda, a centuries-old minaret that was later transformed into a bell tower and its accompanying cathedral, is restaurant El Pintón. It is located in the beautiful Peyré building, a former textile warehouse built in 1790. Enjoy some food or a cocktail while sitting in a beautiful courtyard full of plants, trees and wooden furniture in yellow, blue and mint green and traditional Spanish tiles. The menu matches it’s appearance: a combination of classic Spanish and trendy modern.

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Old school Seville

Although contemporary restaurants and bars are becoming more and more popular, the food here is mainly authentic Sevillian style. Take hotel Las Casas de la Juderia, for example: a beautiful, classic hotel with a courtyard garden overgrown with enchanting plants. Or El Rinconcillo restaurant, which has been running since 1670. A rusty but wonderful location. Locals hang up their coats and enjoy glasses of sherry at the bar. Connoisseurs make their way to Yebra: an inconspicuous, somewhat seedy local bar on the outskirts of the city. Waiters dressed in black serve the best traditional tapas. The huevos revueltos (scrambled eggs) with morcilla (black pudding) is impressively delicious. Finish off the evening at El Garlochi, a cocktail bar next to Plaza de Alfalfa, where the interiors are kitsch; with the Virgin Mary greeting you at the door and when you step inside, you are greeted by the resemblance of an antique shop specialising in church paraphernalia. The clientele drink Agua de Sevilla (cava, orange juice and beaten eggs) or Sangre de Cristo (translation: the blood of Christ, a mixture of grenadine, rosé champagne and whisky). Last but not least, cheesy Spanish pop music from the 60s play in the background.

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Mighty and beautiful Andalusia

White mountain villages abound in beautiful Andalusia. El  Rocío, a  thousand-year-old village in the province of Huelva, bordering  Doñana National Park, is just one of them. There are no paved roads, and most of the year it is a ghost town. In May or June, depending on when Easter falls, millions(!) of people flock to the village, when it serves as a place of pilgrimage. The Romería de El Rocío (the pilgrims are called Romero) is a phenomenon and the parade (the Ferria) a spectacle. The same goes for the small white village of Cómpeta, an idyllic Spanish settlement. Not far from there, you will find the holiday home Los dos Algarrobos. Once upon a time, it was the siesta house (cortijito) of a farmer who stopped for a lunchtime rest on the slope, sheltered between the trees and with a view of the sea. That farmer is no longer with us, and you can now stay in that house, which owes its name to two ancient gnarled carob trees. The place was decorated in Moorish Andalusian style, with kelim cushions, side tables with mosaics and a garden table made from a one-hundred-year-old door. The house is located on the edge of the Las Sierras de Tejeda nature reserve.

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