During your stay in Seville, you should take some time to explore the less ‘touristy’ areas of the city, which form parts of Casco Viejo, the old town of Seville. For our ‘ Seville off beaten path tour ’ , you’ll get the opportunity to explore some of the most historical and trendiest sights of the Andalusian capital: Alameda, Feria and Macarena. These districts are also known for having the best local tapas bars, restaurants, independent boutiques and markets. Take a walking tour around these trendy Seville districts and you won’t be disappointed!
Alameda de Hércules
Alameda is one of the liveliest areas and is the first stop on our Seville off the beaten path tour. With many restaurants and bars to choose from, this trendy area is a very popular place for local people to wind down most evenings. It’s also one of the most diverse places here in Seville. If you want to experience a true Sevillian day to day life, this is definitely a place to visit.
During the Seville off beaten path tour, you will get an opportunity to learn about Alameda’s rich history. In the late 19th century, this district was a meeting place of the upper-classes, with many elegant theatres and kiosks. However, after the Civil War, the Alameda began to suffer a progressive deterioration and became one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Seville, troubled by prostitution and drugs. A slow recovery began during the early 21st century, then public redevelopment funded by the city council completely renewed La Alameda. Currently, Alameda is considered the oldest public garden in Europe.
Another reason to visit this trendy Sevillian district is to try some fantastic food at Az-Zait – ranked by many food lovers as the number one restaurant in Seville! This authentic Michelin Star restaurant combines fine dining with traditional Andalusian tapas culture. You can also try Bar Eslava, which is one of the oldest and greatest bistros in Seville and is definitely a great stop for you in your authentic Spanish experience.
Macarena is another stop on our Seville off beaten path tour, where you explore the trendiest areas of Seville, La Macarena. This neighbourhood is known for housing the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Macarena, where the famous Semana Santa de Sevilla happens each year.
In Sevilla, traditional local sweets are made by cloistered nuns, abound inside centuries-old convents. Cookies and pastries, baked for centuries from a secret recipe. While in Macarena, make sure you visit beautiful Convento de Santa Paula, where you can try the most delicious sweets made by the local nuns.
Just outside the Macarena gate is Andalucía’s splendid parliament building. This impressive building, one of the largest in the city, was built in the 16th century as a hospital for women, although it later served as a plague and military hospital. It closed in 1972 and was converted for use by the Junta de Andalucía in 1986.
While walking around this traditional district of Seville, don’t forget to visit the Metropol-Parasol, a wooden structure located at La Encarnacion square on the edge of the Macarena district.
Go up and admire the beautiful city of Seville from above. You can also join our rooftop tour, which will allow you to experience Seville from a totally different perspective.
After learning about the history of Alameda and Macarena, during our Seville off the beaten tour, you will have the chance to visit Calle Feria and the local market there. Situated next to the Omnium Santorum Church, dating from the 18th century, it is one of the oldest, atmospheric markets in the city. It is an ideal place to taste and to buy the specialties of Sevillian cuisine! It’s also where we buy our ingredients for the local cooking class. The fish tapas served is some of the freshest and most delicious in the Andalusian capital. After having some delicious food, you can wander around Calle Feria’s street market, where you can pick up some unique bargains before vendors close up for lunch or siesta.
Buried in away in the deepest recesses of Sevilla´s backstreets, the corralónes are kind complex of artisan workshops dating back over a century and are a hotbed for creative talent such as artists, metal workers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, poets and flamenco dancers all trying to make a living from behind their unassuming garage fronted doors. Make sure you visit at least one of them – for example, Plaza de Pelicanos, which is one of the oldest coworking places in Spain. This will give you a great opportunity to speak to some amazing, talented locals and will allow you to gain a better and more authentic experience.
If you are planning a trip to Seville, you should definitely consider visiting the main sights including the Cathedral, the Real Alcazar and Plaza de España. However, visiting less touristy, more local areas such as Alameda, Macarena or Feria is also a very enjoyable experience. You will have the opportunity to experience Seville in a more authentic way.