In the summer, tourist sites are overcrowded and the temperature reaches the 40°C mark. During Holy Week, it is almost impossible to walk around in the centre of Seville - the streets are that crowded that you sometimes need a few hours to walk just a few feet...
Tapas of course! In Seville as everywhere else in Spain, tapas represents the great local gastronomy. It is said to have been invented in Seville! At the bar, on the terrace of a cafe, at the table of a restaurant, you will taste small portions of the most diverse dishes (cold cuts, cheese, prawns, olives, etc), served with a glass of Malaga, Rioja, sangria or chilled cerveza (beer). The Ferias' special drink is Manzanilla, it is nice, sweet and very strong! The region of Seville is the place where the world's best ham is made: 'Pata Negra' Iberico Ham, and in particular, Jabugo's. For a total guarantee of quality, request a 'cinco jotas' of the brand Sanchez Romero Carvajal. The price is high because this definitely is luxury produce! In Seville, fish is cut up into little bits and dipped in spicy batter for frying. Gazpacho is also among the Andalusian specialities: this nice soup, served cold, includes oil, garlic and tomato and it is garnished with cucumber, onion, tomato, peppers and bread. It is also served in glasses with ice-cubes. Seville excels in the preparation of Flemish eggs: they are baked over a layer of tomato, chorizo, ham, string beans, asparagus, etc. Sevillan-style veal is stuffed with olives and basted with wine. During you trip, don't forget to taste all the available fresh fruit: pomegranate, persimmon fruit, figs, strawberries and oranges. Breakfast cannot be savoured without delicious freshly-squeezed orange juice: truly delightful! If you are looking for a good place to eat gorgeous tapas, we recommend bodeguita A. Romero, calle Antonia Diaz (street), next to the Maestranza de la plaza de toros bullring. A typical and convivial atmosphere, and tapas to die for!
To bring back
The region of Seville is the place where the world's best ham is made: 'Pata Negra' Iberico Ham, and in particular, Jabugo's. For a total guarantee of quality, request a 'cinco jotas' of the brand Sanchez Romero Carvajal. The price is high because this definitely is luxury produce! Seville is reputed for its azulejos, ceramic squares usually found in the district of Triana, an old haunt for Gypsies and sailors, on the other bank of the Guadalquivir. Small markets can be found on Duque or Magdalena squares. They have a large choice of leather goods, castanets, flamenco dresses and fans. The latter is the perfect flamenco dancer's accessory and it can particularly be found around La Campana and the pedestrian streets of Tetuán and Sierpes. You can buy many souvenirs, both gastronomic and handicraft-related, from the department stores called El Corte Ingles.