Our Recommendations

Top 5 must-see attractions in Seville

  • Seville Cathedral/ The Giralda
  • Alcázar
  • Golden Tower / A Walk along the river
  • Historic Center
  • María Luisa Park/ Plaza de España

Top 5 Flamenco attractions

  • Museo del Baile Flamenco
  • La Carbonería (It’s free!)
  • Tablao Flamenco El Arenal
  • Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos
  • Casa de la Guitarra

Top 10 Tapas restaurants

  • La Gorda de Calatrava (5 minutes walking!)
  • Dúo tapas (5 minutes walking!)
  • Los Coloniales
  • Restaurante Eslava (award-winning tapas!)
  • El Pasaje
  • Ovejas Negras
  • Perro Viejo
  • La Brunilda
  • La Bartola
  • El Rinconcillo

Top 5 “To have a drink”

  • Alameda de Hércules (2 minutes walking!)
  • Rooftop Eme Cathedral Hotel
  • Muelle de Nueva York
  • The Second Room
  • Rooftop Hotel Inglaterra

Free Tour

For those visitors who do not know Seville, we also offer free tours in English around the city.

Walking Tour Sevilla

A visit through Seville full of information and stories, the best way to discover the city and its history, starting with the Cathedral and stepping through the most important places of Seville, like the Golden Tower, the Royal Alcazar, the Luxury Hotel Alfonso XIII or Plaza de España, among others.

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30.

It’s necessary to book the service.

Walking Tour Santa Cruz neighborhood

This is the must tour to do, visiting one of the most beautiful places of the city. It´s a tour with little surprises and magical stories, the ancient Jewish neighbourhood allow us to give an intimate tour with the most surprising stories we have. It includes Doña Elvira Square, Murillo´s Gardens, the street of Death, the head of the king Don Pedro, among others.

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 16:30.

It’s necessary to book the service

operas in seville

OPERAS IN SEVILLE

There are over 100 operas that are set in the city of Seville, Operas composed by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Beethoven. Maestranza theatre is where most of the operas are performed. One of the most famous operas including: Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and also Mañara and Fidelio.
Carmen-The gypsy of Seville: This classic tale is about a gypsy woman who works at the Seville´s famous tobacco factory (which is still open). Carmen is one of the most beloved operas in the world. It has delighted audiences since 1875. You can visit most of the actual location which are mentioned in the opera such as the tobacco factory, the Maestranza bullring, Puerta de Jerez, Callejon de Agua in Santa Cruz, Puente Isabel 2 and plaza de Altozano in Triana.

Below you can read all about a few of the most famouse operas and gain some insight into their history:

 

The Barber of Seville

This comic opera is set in 17th century in Seville. It was first performed in Rome in 1885. This opera is about a barber named Figaro. This was the first opera sung in Italian in New York, in 1825. Rossini´s opera was based on writing by the French author Beaumarchais, who was inspired by Figaro a character from Spanish literature.

A 2nd play was made ´The Marriage of Figaro´ by Mozart 30 years earlier, which featured the same main characters. As part of the Seville, city of opera programme you can follow a route called the Figaro myth. It has a commentary explaining the background to the story, the locations, the characters and musical excerpts from the opera. The route includes Figaro’s House in Plaza Santo Tomas, where Figaro’s house and barber shop was believed to be located, a vibrant and colourful area in the 18th century.

You will find Rosina’s Balcony in Plaza Alfaro. The route is 1.6km and takes 1 hour 10 minutes. The route includes Alcazar, the Archivo de Indias and the Cathedral and the Balcón de Rosina. This comic opera picks up the story three years following on from the barber of Seville. The story has an element of social criticism, implying that the rich and powerful are incapable of solving their own problems, and that the working classes have to help them out.

The opera is also called The Mad Day, it was very well-known among the public and it is said that so many people attended on its opening night in Vienna in 1786 that 3 people were crushed to death in the crowd. Its popularity is still among opera lovers and is still one of the most performed operas in the world.  This takes place in Santa Cruz Quarter, and explains the plot and characters of the opera, as well as its social and historic context.

A highlight is Rosina’s Balcony in Plaza Alfaro next to the Alcazar rear wall, popularly believed to be where Figaro advises the young Count of Almaviva to climb in search of his true love, and where Rosina sings her aria of her love for her suitor. The route is 1.6km and takes 1 hour 10 minutes.

Don Giovanni:

The opera consists of two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The play is based on the legends of Don Juan. Takes place in Seville, the commander is killed, who came to challenge the seducer Don Giovanni, for the honour of his daughter Anna who was betrothed to Don Ottavio who swears to avenge the father of the maiden. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the national theatre of bohemia, on 29th October 1787. It is a blend of comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

It is possible to watch the opera at the la maestranza theatre and also at the theatre lope de Vega. The route that is inspired by this opera is about 3 km and is travelled in two and a half hours. In it you will visit what was the house of Don Juan Tenorio, the house of Doña Ana de Pantoja (Don Juan’s fiancé in the work of Zorrilla) or the tomb of the Tenorio, which was located in the current arch of the City Council and the Alcázar.

Marriage of Figaro:

 

What could you find arround us

The neighborhood of La Macarena, specifically the area of the Alameda de Hércules, is one of the most popular restaurant areas. There is only one area with more restaruants and it is the Arenal’s area. If you want to eat fusion food, or tapas or even a three-course dinner, around our establishment you will find a diversity of establishments.

In this case we are going to talk about the Mercado de Feria . An active food market that has a part of its picturesque stalls to serve meals, all based on market cuisine with fresh and quality products.