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Andalusia in pictures - Estepona
In brief +
Flamenco, sherry, tapas, bullfights...behind all the clichÚs Andalusia is a fascinating region. Its inhabitants have a desire for modernity whilst clinging to their traditions. As in all major cities, the ideal way to discover Seville is to wander around on foot; so with that in mind, bring a good pair of shoes.
As for driving in Seville, it can prove quite anarchic, so don't hesitate to take a taxi, they are very cheap! Be aware that during Holy Week it is practically impossible to drive around Seville's town centre. The streets are so crowded that it can take hours to cover even the shortest of distances, so if you are driving, park on the Ronda (the local ring road) and continue on foot.
During the feria, try to secure an invitation from a local; it's the best way to experience the festival, its traditions as well as the local tipple 'Manzanilla' with its delicious sweet taste!
If you are seeking a bar with a festive atmosphere, perhaps one with flamenco music, La Carboneria in the Santa Cruz district is the place to be. The first room is devoted to jazz and improvised jam sessions while the second room is exclusively for flamenco where singers, dancers and musicians perform late into the night. Outside there's a huge patio where you can enjoy the sultry evenings.
A good thing to do in case you find yourself victim of theft in Seville; while you can go to the police you could also have a look at the Alameda de Hercules flea market early in the morning. You'll have a good chance of finding and buying your belongings back!
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