A 48-Hour Budget Guide to Sevilla, España
Taberna Coloniales, Pl. Cristo de Burgos, 19 This bar seemed small and crowded at first glance, but after our name was called from the waiting list, we were lead upstairs to another dining room. This is definitely a popular place, and though it is located in the tourist center, was full of locals. Most tapas here range from €1.50-3.50 while medias y raciones are between€7-10.
Levíes Café-Bar, C/ San José, 15 There is a confusing total of three different Levies restaurants all right next to each other, but upon a recommendation from my sister-in-law, stopped at Levies Café-Bar for a heart brunch after a night of bar-hopping. The portions are big and affordable (averaging €8 apiece) but they also offer a large variety of tapas.
Mascarpone, C/ Constitucíon, 16 For dessert, we made several attempts to sample the renowned gelato at Rayas but kept encountering closed-down heladerías. We later learned they’re renovating, and instead opted for the cold, creamy delights of Mascarpone. With clean, modern lines, touches of pink in the design and over 30 delicious flavors to choose from, you’ll leave saying; “Rayas Who?”
Calle del Betis, Triana Once a barrio of gypsies, Triana is a neighborhood now full of some of the most prime real-estate in Sevilla. Calle del Betis is a strip of bars (from casual to the more chic) right next to the river bank that is a popular nocturnal destination.
Samay Sevilla Hostel, Menéndez Pelayo, 13 (☎955 100 160; www.samayhostels.com). I stayed at their sister-hostel Yellow Nest in Barcelona, and though wasn’t too impressed then, was definitely pleased with my stay at Samay. The hostel workers were incredibly friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean all with an en-suite bathroom and there was a gorgeous rooftop terrace overlooking Barrio Santa Cruz and the Catedral lit up at night. There was also free daily walking tours offered, tea and coffee, internet, and Wi-Fi. Laundry €8. Key deposit €5. 8-bed dorms €15-19, 6-bed €16-20, 4-bed €17-22.
Plaza España and Parque de Maria Luisa Built in 1929 to celebrate the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, Plaza España inside of Parque Maria Luisa is a majestic, beautifully intricate building popular with tourists and locals alike enjoying “el paseo” (afternoon walk.) Here you’ll find every province of Spain made into a tiled mini-monument, carved marble fountains and hand-painted details in a sweeping plaza surrounded by a canal of water.
Universidad de Sevilla The main part of this university is open to the public and serves as a beautiful architectural testament to the past. Walk through and be transported back in time—the university has been open for over 500 years!
Barrio Santa Cruz Undoubtedly Sevilla’s most vibrant district, Santa Cruz was once the Jewish Quarter of the city and now is adored for it’s white-washed houses, floral patios and inviting cafés on every corner.
Catedral and La Alcázar No visit to Sevilla would be complete without seeing the third largest cathedral in the world and the largest European palace still used today as a private residence for the blue-blooded of the world. The Catedral hosts the remains of Christopher Columbus (Sevilla after all, was a major player in New World riches) and La Alcázar was home to Fernando and Isabella, the Spanish royalty most famous for funding Columbus’ voyage to the New World.
Plaza de Toros Sevilla is the heart of bullfighting culture, and even if you’re an animal lover, you can still appreciate the beauty in the architecture of the stadium.
Puente de Triana (Triana Bridge) Designed by the same French architects that designed Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Triana Bridge is iconic for Sevilla. Walk along the river banks of the Rio Guadalquivir on a weekend to see Spanish locals out enjoying the sunshine and eating tapas.