The inhabitants of this southern Spanish region 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 take a taxi if you really need to - 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. 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!
The greatest gastronomic tradition of the region is tapas, at any time of the day. In a bar, on the terrace of a café, or sitting in a restaurant, you can sample all sorts of mini culinary delights washed down with a glass of sherry (a fortified wine made from the grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez). Beer fans should also try out the local 'Cruzcampo'.
Then comes the meat; you won't find any beef in Andalusia - they eat bull (ternera) - which has a strong taste. Ham is popular too (from Jabugo and Tréveles) along with pescados fritos, fried fish which is eaten throughout the region.
In terms of desserts, a classic is the torta de aceite which is light and flaky biscuits originating from Seville and it's said a healthier alternative to other pastries because of the extra virgin olive oil used. Lastly, don't forget to taste all of the succulent fresh fruit such as pomegranates, figs, strawberries and oranges.
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Ceramics, guitars, castanets, flamenco frocks, hand-held fans, and embroiderys: you can find a host of local handicrafts in most Andalusian towns. In Seville, take time to walk around the Campana and the pedestrian streets of Tetuan and Sierpes; and if you are looking for ceramics and clothes shops, go to the the districts of Triana and Los Remedios. Do not forget the small markets on Duque Square and Magdalena Square as they have a large choice of leather goods.
The province of Cordoba is renowned for its jewellery and exquisite silver works (several international jewellery firms have even installed outlets on the Costa del Sol). In contrast, the city of Granada specialises in welded iron and copper - its lanterns and railings are much sought-after.