Take a trip to Seville!
Think deep blue skies, warmth and sunshine, walking through narrow cobbled stone streets which are peaceful and clean, geraniums falling gently from window sills framed by old wooden shutters, beautiful architecture with churches and convents around many a corner, colourful tiles on shop floors, fruit trees lining the pavements bursting with oranges and lemons. This is Seville.
It’s beautiful and alive with culture, history and… Tapas!
A weekend to Seville staying at the wonderful boutique hotel, Corral del Rey, makes for a brilliant culture and gastronomy fix. Plan a trip with a group of friends or take your partner. I travelled here with two girl friends in January leaving behind the rain and dreary UK to arrive in gorgeous sunshine.
Here is what we experienced in just three days…
- A long lunch of tapas and glass of sherry on a bustling pavement cafe opposite the famous Alfonso X Hotel
- A behind the scenes walking tour with Gerry Corbett, expert in Spanish history and all the “lesser” touristy sites of Seville. We especially loved the visit to the Convento de Santa Ana (1490) and it’s Moorish architecture, history of its nuns and amazing collection of art. The day ended with sunset cocktails on the roof of Hotel Inglaterra overlooking the terracotta rooftops
- mid-morning massages at the hotel followed by a spot of shopping ending with a late lunch and people watching at El Pinton… the food was incredible!
- A gentle walk through the main tourist sites (no queues in January!) popping our heads into the Cathedral, The Alcazar Castle and the Giralda. Nothing was an effort. Evening tapas crawl with a local expert
- And each morning, we started the day with a gentle jog along the Guadalquivir River before a deliciously healthy breakfast back at the hotel… freshly made pastries, home-made granola and yoghurt, avocados and blushing red tomatoes and olive oil.
You can travel to Seville all year round but if you are clever, why not travel in low season and avoid the queues of tourists to get into the main sites. July and August are very hot but it can easily be combined with a few days relaxing by the swimming pool at Hacienda de San Rafael which is only 30 minutes from Seville. Throughout the year, there are many exciting events including the Feria de Seville in April and The Biennial Flamenco Festival in September.
Katrina Trotter Travel has come together with local experts and arranges a whole host of activities in and around Seville including…
- Bike Tours
- Boat trips along the Guadalquivir River
- Riding Safaris outside of the city in small groups or with a private guide
- Sherry Tasting
- Cooking Classes
- Flamenco Lessons
- Day Trips into the Coto Donna Nature Reserve
- A Day trip to Cadiz, the oldest city in Western Europe, which is very much off the tourist trail
- Shopping for ceramics and tiles
- Visiting a bull-breeding farm
- Watching the dancing horses in Jerez
Every activity is carefully designed to suit my clients and I have never organised two identical tours!