Streets come alive at dusk in Seville
BOASTING more than 3000 tapas bars; tapas is not just a way of eating, but a way of life in Seville.
The daily ritual begins about 5pm, when locals spill on to the streets in search of a cerveza (beer), a tinto de verano (summer red wine) and their first plate for the night.
The Andalusian capital is a melting pot of cultures, all of which have had profound influence on its culinary landscape.
But it is the gastronomy, a synthesis of Moorish, Spanish and Roman flavours, that best tells the story of Seville’s dappled past.
When it comes to tapas, there are a few golden rules.
Many of the traditional bo- degas and tabernas have limited real estate so if you find a spot, order a drink straight away to secure it.
If you’re wanting to order a tapa, each venue has its own speciality so look at what people around you are eating.
If you want to eat like a local, only ever order one tapa at a time; you never know how big or small the portion is going to be, and be prepared to eat standing up.
During the hottest part of the day, between 2pm and 5pm, many retailers shut for the afternoon siesta so, if you’re out and about, eat before 2pm.
Tourist attractions, galleries and museums, tend to remain open, but best to check opening hours.
It’s not until dusk, when the intense summer sun starts to lose its kick, that the streets really come alive and there is a palpable party atmosphere.
ESCAPE ROUTE: Getting there
The easiest way to get to Seville is by air. Fly to Madrid – the Spanish capital – then get a connecting flight to Seville.
Best time to go
Spring and early autumn are the best times to visit.
During May and October, the average temperature in Seville is 26-27C days, perfect for exploring but without the extreme heat and crowds of peak summer season.
GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS: The visitor to Seville won’t miss out on the wonderful fresh-air eating traditions of Europe.