Take a hold of those credit cards – There’s a new tour operator in town! easyJet has launched its own holiday business and become a member of ABTA. Famed for its low-cost approach to air travel easyJet holidays is all about the detail and taking the hassle out of booking holidays.
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No longer just for flights – The new website will allow customers to easily combine any of their popular European routes with a choice of the best 5,000 handpicked hotels in over a 100 destinations.
Each booking includes the now elusive 23kg hold baggage per passenger – music to every air travellers’ ears. Along with free transfers for beach holidays, flexibility is the linchpin to their holidays. Customers can tailor the number of nights, type of accommodation and will be offered more weekend flying options than anyone else as well as peak-time holiday availability.
Things To Do In Seville, Spain
Last November I was one of the first few to enjoy a trip with easyJet holidays. In an attempt to chase the heat in November, Seville was the destination. Here are some of the best things to experience in Spain’s most enchanting city:
Seville is home to some truly charming tapas bars, the most iconic of all is located in the old town. El Rinconcillo is Seville’s oldest tavern and dates back to 1670. Enter and step back in time.
There is a restaurant upstairs decorated in typical Andalusian style. Stay downstairs to enjoy the tapas and all the action. Surrounded by dusty bottles of wine on the walls, jamón legs hanging from the ceiling, whiskey barrel tables to huddle around and waiters in bow ties and waistcoats spinning around serving the never ending hungry masses.
Veggies will love the must-try Andalusian dish espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas). The traditional tapas dish is like a comforting homemade stew bursting with earthy spices, garlic and cumin. When you’ve eaten and drunk as much as you’d like find the bill scribbled in chalk on the bar.
la terazza de EME
There is no better place to admire the spectacular views of one Spain’s prettiest cities with a drink in hand than on a rooftop.
On top of the beautiful EME Catedral Hotel is a chic and stylish roof terrace and one of the closet to the 500 year old Cathedral. The close up view of the Giralda is nothing short of magnificent, paired with the 360 degree view of the Seville skyline it’s the perfect place to be at sunset.
Set over two floors you can also dine on a four course set menu whilst the DJ spins the tracks. Drinks are pricey than other rooftop bars, but worth it for the views and atmosphere.
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Found in the heart of Seville and with a history that spans thousands of years, this is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site practically holds the evolution of the city in its walls, from the Arabic period and Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque period.
The palace is huge and the beautifully carved ceilings will have you looking up forever. Don’t forget the magnificent gardens full of fountains, water jets and beautiful flower beds.
Lines are always wrapped around the palace. Reserve entry tickets in advance or a personalised skip-the-line tour.
BEST cathedral and bell tower
seville cathedral and giralda
The Cathedral is the most visited monument in the city. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral in the world with an impressive 80 chapels and took over a 100 years to construct.
Built on the foundations of an ancient Almohad mosque the bell tower is one of its highlights. Originally built as a minaret, it’s all that remains of the Great Mosque.
Climb all the way to the top not by stairs but via 34 inclined ramps to enjoy incredible views of the city. Legend has it that the designed so the Imam could ride his horse up to the top for the call to prayer.
Best Place to get lost
Barrio santa cruz
The city’s old Jewish quarter is one of Andalusia’s most iconic barrios and where you’ll see and feel the real Spain. Once you’ve visited the Cathedral and Alcázar allow yourself to get lost stopping off at tapas bars along the way.
Wander the maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with orange trees and colourful buildings stumbling upon secret fountain-filled courtyards every so often. A walking tour is a great idea to discover all the stories behind this fascinating neighbourhood.
Best Modern architecture
Metropol Parasol (las Setas)
Love spectacular views over a city? Then this unique and rather cool structure won’t disappoint. The Metropol Parasol known locally as Las Setas (the mushrooms), it’s the world’s largest wooden structure.
Essentially a giant art piece designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer, it was completed in 2011. Made up of six connected parasols it’s around 150 metres long and about 30 metres high. The winding walkway on the roof provides the most amazing views over the Seville especially at sunset.
Plaza de España
The cultural and visual feast built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929 is one of Seville’s most beautiful and iconic landmarks.
Part of the Parque de María Luisa, 50,000 square metres is awash with beautiful fountains, canals, Venetian-style bridges. The dazzling mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles, with hints of Art Deco is encapsulated in the colourful façades. Vibrant mosaic tiled alcoves line the semi-circle structure representing the 48 different regions of Spain.
Take a stroll, row a boat down the canal or a ride on a horse drawn carriage to enjoy the splendour of this Plaza.
Best Secret Palace
Casa de Pilatos
Seville’s best kept secret is a 16th century Andalusian palace. Don’t be fooled by the unattractive facade. The residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli, inside the palace is arranged around a stunning marble courtyard. Much smaller in scale than Alcázar combined with the fact it’s not the palace people immediately swarm, makes the visit less crowded and more enjoyable.
At every turn you’ll be enchanted by the intricate mosaics, carvings and beautiful ceilings. A fusion of Italian Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar architecture.
Alameda de Hércules
The vibrant area of Alameda centres around the pedestrianised Alameda de Hércules plaza. Considered Seville’s hippest, alternative neighbourhood with funky art gallery cafés, chic bars, restaurants and vintage boutiques
Al Aljibe is one of the best tapas bars in the area full of locals and tourists. A terrace on the first floor overlooks the Alameda, as well as an exclusive rooftop patio.
Best Place for SOuvenirs
On the left bank of the Guadalquivir River is the old gypsy quarter of Triana. Best known for its ceramics and flamenco taverns with plenty of places to buy souvenirs.
It’s also home to Seville’s most lively and characteristic markets, Mercado de Triana. Over a 150 years old it’s a great place to discover produce bought by locals with a wide range of fruit and vegetable stalls, authentic cured meats, cheese and fresh fish. Find restaurants and even a cooking school to try your hand at Spanish cuisine, lots to keep you entertained.
Another great thing about Seville is its proximity to other great cities which can be visited on day trips. Once you have seen all the sights, venture to historic cities like Córdoba and Cádiz.
Or how about heading for the mountains to Ronda and the white villages of Pueblos Blancos.
You could even explore Granada and venture down the narrow streets of the medieval Moorish Albaicin quarter and visit the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Have you been to Seville. Love to know your recommendations for my next visit. Let me know in the comments box below.
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