Taste tapas by bike in Seville, Spain

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Culi­nary leg­end has it that tapas were in­vented in the 13th-cen­tury when King Al­fonso X’s physi­cian ad­vised him to eat small morsels with his wine. Fol­low doc­tor’s orders on Airbnb’s Bike be­tween Bode­gas tour in Seville, where the tapeo (tapas bar crawl) is cen­tral to city life (£35pp; airbnb.co.uk/ ex­pe­ri­ences/113868). Led by Seville-born and bred Pepe, this three-hour late morn­ing ride vis­its lo­cal haunts and the city’s old­est win­ery. Hav­ing eased into your week­end with co­pi­ous ibérico ham, spend the rest of it pay­ing re­spects to King Al­fonso’s and Colum­bus’s tombs in Seville Cathe­dral, a Gothic mas­ter­piece, and ad­mir­ing Moor­ish mo­saics in the Al­cázar palace, scal­ing the mush­room-like mon­u­ment at Plaza de la En­car­nación, and re­turn­ing to your new favourite bars for yet more tapas. AR­RIVE BA, easyJet and Ryanair fly direct to Seville from the UK (from £110; ba.com). STAY In a his­toric, res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood south of the city cen­tre, Ho­tel Ho­los’ seven rooms and palm-fringed court­yard seem lifted from a mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture mag­a­zine (from £105; hotel­ho­los.com).

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