Do you ever find yourself saying, "I wish I'd known that before I..."? It's easy to be wise after the event, but here are a few tips to help you be wise before the event.
Eating and drinking
- The Spanish generally eat later than the English. Most bars and restaurants open between 1-2pm for lunch, 8pm or later for dinner.
- Breakfast at a bar is often cheaper and better than at your hotel.
- Many restaurants have set meals at lunch time (ask for the menú del dia) for a very reasonable price, usually around €10.
- If you're looking for something authentic and good, rather than touristy, follow the locals. The places with the best food are usually full and lively. It's often cheaper at the bar than at tables or out on the terrazza.
- The best chips I've had in Seville are at Enrique Becerra.
- Best place for late-night drinks (and the best view of the cathedral) is the rootop bar at the new Fontecruz Sevilla Hotel.
- If you're out about in the vicinity of Feria and its market in the morning or at lunch time stop off at La Cantina (the market café) for a fresh fish snack with a cold glas of Cruzcampo beer.
- Christmas and New Year's Eve are traditionally family times and you won't find many bars or restaurants open, though on NYE there is a celebration counting down to midnight in the Plaza Nueva, after which the clubs open up until dawn.
- You can get almost everywhere you'll want to go in Seville on foot. Many streets are pedestrian only, parking is limited (and expensive), and in the Casco Antiguo even public transport is restricted.
- Rental Bikes. Stop at any of Sevici bike stations and with your credit card you can take out a bike and leave it any any other station around town. The first half hour is free, the next hour €1, and after that it's €2 an hour. www.sevici.es
Sights and attractions
- If you are an EU citizen entrance to many museums and monuments is free, but you will need proper identification.
- Entrance to the cathedral is free on Sunday afternoons.
- Low season in Seville is July and August, and you can get good deals on hotels at this time.
- During Semana Santa and the April Fair, the hotels are fully booked and accommodation is expensive.
- If you want to take in a film in the evening, the Original Version cinema is the Avenida 5 cines in Marques de Paradas and has a selection of sub-titled films (everywhere else they are dubbed).
- Don't miss the unique shops on calle Zaragoza, just off the Plaza Nueva.
- As in any busy city always keep a close watch on your possessions and pockets
- In summer always take water and put on sun block. Refilling water bottles with tap water is perfectly safe.
- Free WiFi is available in some of the public parks (Alamillo, Buhaira and Principes), and plazas (including Alfalfa, Encarnacion, Salvador and San Francisco), and in a number of bars and cafés (look for signs).