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one of the many perks of living in spain are the endless options for eating out and enjoying the spanish food. fresh seafood, tasty wines, delicious cured meats and of course the world famous tapas are among the options one has when opting for a taste of the real spanish food. this time we will give you some tips to find the nicest tapas bars in sevilla and to discover its best food markets.

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the city of seville

first of all, one should know that people from sevilla love to be outside on the streets and meet their friends, family or just walk around town watching people and enjoy some sun. even at night the streets are very lively and for many people being out of the house means socializing over dinner or enjoying a nice wine out on the many terraces in town. all streets are buzzing with a mix of young people ready to go out, families having dinner together or tourist trying to find the best place to enjoy some real spanish food. the latter is the perfect reason to inform you on all the great food places that sevilla has to offer.

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locals enjoying tapas in seville

the real way to enjoy a tapas “meal” is to get a glass of wine or beer and to have a small tapa with it, after finishing you head on to the next bar and start the session again. in spain this kind of bar-hopping is called “ir de tapas”, so here we go:

  • los coloniales – this place serve big portions at a very low price. all tapas dishes they offer are huge and of a very good quality. make sure to come early and expect to wait a little since this place is very popular. most dishes (raciones) and tapas cost around 2,50€. address: plaza cristo de burgos, 19 and calle fernández y garcía, 36 y 38. the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
  • bar alfalfa – this nice and charming place is situated in a building between two streets. it offers simple yet delicious tapas dishes and is a very popular spot among both locals and tourists. the bar is located on a lively plaza which truly reflects the ambiance of the bar. address: calle candilejo, 1. open all day.
  • duo tapas – is a place missed by many people and less touristy than many other bars. this restaurant is located on the charming alameda de hércules square and offers ‘new school’ kind of tapas, an inventive alternative to el rinconcillo’s ‘old school’ ones. most tapas have an asian twist which makes this venue a good options for those looking for something different. we recommended to order the green chicken with rice and spicy noodles. address: calle calatrava 10. open all day.
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the beautiful facade of bar alfalfa

if you are more into food markets sevilla has a lot of options too. below some of our recommendations and tips to get the best and most fresh food in town:

  • mercado lonja del barranco – is a venue that opened recently and has yet proven to be a successful formula appealing to many foodies from sevilla. this market is housed in an old building that served as a fish market 40 years ago, now it looks more like an open loft space with loads of glass and light coming from outside. the market features many stands that all offer goodies that come from the surrounding region, meaning a stand that sells acorn-fed ham, one specialized in salmorejo or one that focuses on the creation of the perfect spanish omelette. of course all of these delicious foods can be washed down with a cocktail or a glass of wine or beer as there are some bars available as well. address: calle arjona s/n. open from 10am all day.
  • mercado de la calle feria – is one of sevilla´s oldest markets which is specialized in fresh fish. you can find some small bars around the market where you can enjoy a beer and a small tapa. one of the nicest ones is la cantina, which is popular among locals. address: calle feria. open monday – saturday from 8am to 2:30pm.
  • mercado de la encarnación – this market can easily be found as it is located right under the famous metropol parasol. this market is also quite new (it opened in 2012) and offer plenty of options for grocery shopping and basis tapas. moreover, the place serves as a cultural centre which makes a trip here a nice options for those willing to combine good food with some spanish culture. this area offers nice bars and restaurants so after visiting the market foodies can continue the food trail in the close neighbourhood! plaza de la encarnación, s/n. open all day.
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the lofty interior of mercado lonja del barranco

the following delicacies come from the andalucian region and one can taste them all over town in the many bars, restaurants and on the food markets:

  • serrano ham. serrano ham is regional delicacy. the andalusian highlands have low humidity and cold winters ideal for curing this famous spanish meat. you can eat this ham as it is or combined with tapas, cheese or melon.
  • manzanilla olives. seville is famous for its manzanilla olives. this greenish-brown olive grows in the region’s fertile soil and warm climate. locals enjoy these olives with tapas or in salads and numerous other dishes.
  • gazpacho. this is one of the best-known foods in andalusia. gazpacho is a cold tomato soup with bread crumbs, garlic, olive oil, raw cucumbers and peppers. the people of andalusia often serve this refreshing dish in the spring and summer as a lunch starter before the main entree.
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tapas andalusian style

as many know, andalusia embodies the classic image of spain, from the flamenco dancing and bullfighting to the intense nightlife and ancient architecture. but as shown above, andalusia also boasts many delicious foods, offering travellers a chance to try out all the best this region has to offer.

when you are staying in seville we would recommend you to visit one of the places above and enjoy some good food spanish style! we think that a stay in andalucía is not complete without a tapas and food market tour. for more recommendations or places to visit please contact us, we would be happy to give you more advice.

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when you think of mallorca, you think of the sun, beaches, sand, blue waters, and the heat heat heat. yet if you “dare” to visit the island any time between the end of january and the middle of february, you’ll have the chance to witness an amazing natural phenomenon: the blossoming of the almond trees in mallorca.

it is at this time of the year that mallorca becomes a paradise for painters, writers, photographers, artists who get inspired by this wonderful show of nature! if you´re into nature and photography, and have been looking for that perfect spanish self-made souvenir, then go hiking, biking or walking along the almond fields in mallorca, or take a train ride on the old sóller railway for some picture-perfect views.

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almendros en flor + from mallorca es asi tambien

painting by santiago rusiñol – almendros en flor en mallorca (1902), and the inspiration

 

the thought of an entire almond blossom island is truly romantic and ethereal. the thousands of almond trees have been reportedly planted by an arab king for his scandinavian-born love who missed her snowy homeland, what could be more romantic than that?

more pragmatically, it was probably the romans, who took it from the greek, who introduced the cultivation of almonds in the balearic archipelago. yet even in the greek mythology, the almond tree has a magical romantic story.

the beautiful princess phyllis was transformed by the gods into a leafless and bare tree after she had her heart broken by her fiancée, who left her at the altar. when the fiancée returned, he wept at the sight of such a sad tree that used to be his beautiful love. his tears turned into the beautiful almond trees that now cover many mediterranean regions.

from theory4 and flicktickr2009 from anieto2k and canalviajes

 

spain is the second largest producer of almonds, grown all over the mediterranean region, and are the base for favourite spanish sweets like the turrón and the marzipan.

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traditional turrón and marzipan figures

 

the almond blossoms cover mallorca at the perfect time to represent the new year and a new beginning, a rebirth, a sign of prosperity and good hopes for what the year will bring along!

 

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salamanca, the biggest student city in spain, is an old small city full with beautiful buildings, fun atmosphere, and good vibe. the nature is so wonderful that it is just a pleasure to walk around and feel the relaxing atmousphere.

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also, its nightlife is more than fun because of its huge variety of bars and clubs with free entrance! however, it is not only for young generation because there are many kind of places for every needs and likes, either pushy or casual look.

the plan for the night is ready, so let’s think about during the day. we suggest to enjoy sightseeing in a very unique way; through treasure hunt!
perhaps there are many people who have no idea what we are talking about. you can enjoy salamanca sightseeing by trying to find some hidden items here and there. let’s have a closer and quick look on three of the most popular and well known hidden carvings.

 

1. the frog on a scalp, the most famous icon of the city
this hidden icon is decorated on a wall of salamanca university. however, it is extremely hard to find the frog by yourself because the wall is very detailed and there are many monuments. have a try first by yourself to find it! even if the attempt is not successful, don’t worry; there are many people all looking up searching and pointing it so you can just ask someone to show you.

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can you see it now? the frog is very small, but it is said that if you can find it by your own, you will have a good luck, or if you are a student, you will graduate successfully.

 

2. the astronaut
the second famous hidden carving in salamanca is the astronaut, which you can find somewhere on the new part of cathedral. it is huge and also very detailed so you can find it easily. the photo below shows the side of the cathedral where you should look at.

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during the re-establish of the cathedral, they put this astronaut icon as a symbol of 20th century. also you can see that the astronaut’s face is slightly different from the the first edition one.

 

3. gargoyle devil with an ice-cream
just next to the astronaut you can find a very cute hidden curving; devile with ice-cream. how playful are salamanca people!!

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there are many more hidden icons, as you can see on the post card below. we just did the first three ones, but we will give you an opportunity to have fun searching the rest by yourself while exploring the beautifulness of salamanca!

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it is very general that people choose to visit large famous cities of spain, such as madrid and barcelona.

but there are also a lot of other wonderful cities which are not that big but very cute, friendly, and romantic. one which includes all these characteristics would be – segovia. it is located only 92km from madrid, 1 hour driving distance.

here we will show you how to spend a wonderful, enjoyable day in segovia. after this virtual tour, we are sure you will reschedule your trip so that you can have at least a glance at the beautiful segovia!

let’s get the trip started!

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1. go left from the station and suddenly the glamorous, breath taking view of unesco world heritage “roman aqueduct of segovia” will appear in front of you. but, we kindly ask you, please do not forget to breath! height 30m, length 728m, made by piled huge stones – exactly like a lego game! but  in a giant size…

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2. try the typical “cochinillo” (segovian grilled pork) for lunch. the chef will surprise you in the way he will cut and serve this specialty. the yellow circle at the map shows the main shopping street with a lot of restaurants.

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3. for a dessert or a cup of café con leche, we recommend to you the perfect place – “granier”. you can find pans, cakes, donuts and so many other homemade baked products which are incredibly tasty and amazingly cheap! 3 big donuts for 2,50€, 5 sweet pan sticks for 1€!

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4. if the escape from the cafeteria was successful, you should continue to see “the cathedral of segovia”. the entrance is very cheap, so we suggest to take a look inside too. then, you will noticed something very interesting inside. there is a pig standing just next to the saint anton statue. the pork was the pet of the saint and it is interesting the coincidence with the traditional recipe of the city. 

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5. the next point is the “km 0” monument. it is not mentioned often neither on the internet nor in guidebooks. like the more famous one in madrid, all streets have been made from this point called “km 0”.

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6. the last, but perhaps one of the most famous place you will see in the very end of the city is, the “alcázar de segovia”. the exterior of the fortress makes quite an impact on the visitors, especially when they admire the panoramic view of the landscape from its marvelous vantage point. enjoy the views as if you were the main character of a fairy tale… does the sight look familiar? that is because this fortress is the real model of the famous disney movie of “snow white”

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we know you “like” segovia at the moment, but after visiting, everybody will fall in “love” with it.

just one small tip, because of its location, segovia is colder and windier than madrid in the autumn-winter, so be sure to wear suitable clothes.

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