Seville makes an ideal destination for food lovers
Seville is, arguably, the capital of tapas culture. Andalucía prides itself on being the true home of tapas in Spain and Seville is widely regarded as unique because of the almost endless variety of dishes that can be found there. Other Spanish cities including Madrid, Granada and León like to stake their claims too, and but for variety and sheer quantity Seville probably comes out on top.
Tapas are appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They can be cold, such as mixed olives or hams and cheeses or hot, such as battered, fried baby squid or duck in Pedro Jiménez sauce. Tapas have evolved into an entire cuisine in Spain. It is common to order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.
Tapas in Seville are a key part of life and integral to local culture, both gastronomically and socially. Most Sevillanos regularly spend their evenings out on a “tapas crawl”. You can usually find somewhere serving food, whatever the time of day. There are hundreds of tapas bars in Seville, on main streets and tucked away in little side alleys.
One of the great pleasures of visiting Seville is seeking out some of the mouth-watering tapas bars in the labyrinth of back streets. There are some excellent ones in the streets near the cathedral, right in the centre of the city. One of these, Las Escobas, claims to be the oldest taberna in the whole of Spain.
Another pleasure in Seville is to immerse yourself in its wealth of fascinating cultural and historic sites. A priority must be to visit the cathedral which occupies the site of a great mosque in the late 12th century. Later, Christian architects added the extra dimension of height. It now claims to be the largest church in the4 world.
The Alcázar also merits a few hours of any visitor’s time. Built primarily in the 1300s during the so-called ‘dark ages’ in Europe, the architecture of this former royal palace is quite breathtaking. Originally founded as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Alcázar has been expanded or reconstructed many times in its 11 centuries of existence.