Finding accommodation in Seville is simple with a huge amount of hostels, hotels and the like to fit all budgets. However be aware that prices will increase during Easter week and in the Summer it is very busy, so, consider booking ahead. Below we list a few of the cheapest options, with budget travellers in mind.
Feeling Sevilla Hostel (c/ Imaginero Castillo Lastrucci, 8) located a little out of the city and near the bus stations, Feeling Sevilla offers 6 – 12 bed dorms (13 – 14 €), 12 – 14 bed dorms (9.80 €) Double Private (22 €). Benefits include Wi-Fi, a terrace on which to relax and breakfast included.
La Caja Habitada (C/ Credito 20) located outside the city centre but with good connections to all transport links heading in and out of the city. Simple but effective La Caja Habitada offers dorms only (10 – 12 €).
Feetup Samay Hostel Sevilla (Av Menéndez Pelayo, 13) is centrally located and extremely popular with backpackers. Rooms include dorms (11 € – 20 €) and private rooms (20 € – 25 €) and there is Wi-Fi, free city maps and a roof terrace. Take note that during July & August the prices will be at the top end of the price scales.
Seville has one the best nocturnal scenes in Spain with people starting to fill the streets from 10 p.m. and not stopping until early the next morning. There is something for everybody from tapas to techno and with over 1000 registered bars and pubs you will never be left searching for something to do or somewhere to drink.
The areas around the Cathedral and Barrio de Santa Cruz are the heart of tourist Seville. There are numerous tapas bars but expect prices to be on the slightly higher side.
On the banks of the Guadalquivir, across the river from the old town in La Triana district lies Calle Betis. Running parallel to the river, the street is packed with bars and is very popular in the summer as people look to take advantage of the cooling breeze.
To the north of the centre the Alameda de Hércules, a long and wide boulevard lined with bars and smaller clubs, is the home of alternative Seville. In addition to the traditional bars, the area is also very popular as a ‘botellon’ (drinking alcohol on the streets) location. It is also the centre of the gay scene in the city.
To the north-east of the cathedral is Barrio de Alfalfa. Calle Pérez Galdós is particularly popular throughout the week and attracts a mixed crowd. During the summer the streets are packed with people milling from one bar to the next, and for those looking to take their drinking to the streets the Iglesia del Salvador and its surrounding squares are popular for a ‘botellon’.
To the west of the cathedral, covering the area from the river to Plaza Nueva is the district of El Arenal. There are numerous bars in the area especially concentrated around Calle Zaragoza.
Heading east from the city centre towards Nervión district there are a number of clubs and bars along and off Calle Luis Montoto. On the plazas in this area can also be found people have a botellon.
To the south-east of the centre the areas surrounding the business district, Viapol, and University campus are popular during the evenings with international students and post-work office workers.
For those in search of bassy music, the pavilions in Parque de María Luisa are used to host techno and electronic music parties that carry on throughout the night into the following morning.
Things to try and buy
Some local Sevillan specialities to try include: Gazpacho soup, Huevos a la Flamenca (fried egg in a tomato sauce), Cocido Andaluz (chick-pea and vegetable hotpot) and Rabo de Toro (bull’s tail ragout).
Each bar has its own tapas house-speciality but regular staples include Pinchos Morunos (spicy cuts of meat), Caracoles (snails in a creamy sauce) and Huevas (fish eggs in a vinaigrette sauce).
For those with a sweet tooth the Moorish influence can be seen in Torrijas and Llemas de San Leandro, two of the more traditional sweets.
The local beer is Cruzcampo but for non beer drinkers Tinto de Verano (a mix of red wine and lemon or orange soda) is a solid alternative.
As for shopping there are number of markets across the city in which to hunt for bargains. El Jueves , on Calle Feria, takes place on Thursday mornings and is a warren of goods (both legally and illegally procured). In Plaza del Museo there is an arts market and on Plaza del Cabildo there is a coin and stamp market, both take place on Sunday mornings.
If you are interested in Flamenco paraphernalia then Seville is the place for you with a multitude of places to buy dresses, fans, shawls etc.
Sevillian tiles are also famous worldwide, with the most authentic being picked up in the La Tirana district.
Here a few places that offer WiFi connections:
written by: Jon
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