I thought for one of my last posts, I would make a compilation of what I consider some of the “Best of Seville”. This place truly has my heart and I am so so glad I chose to study here! Here’s a look into some of my fav/most frequented places…
CAPPUCCINO: Torch. Hands down!!! So creamy and smooth. And no sugar needed! I can’t seem to find a picture, but trust me, Torch is the best. They also have the sweetest baristas.
PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET: Las Setas. Make sure you get in line early so you can get to the top before the sun is gone!! One of the best views too.
PLACE TO GET A SMOOTHIE: Jester. Beats MilkAway if you ask me!! Always a nice change up from the classic bocadillo or fried potatoes. I asked the worker for his recommendation on which smoothie would best cure my cold, and once I tried it and complimented it, he replied, “Thanks! I made it myself.” SWEET. BOY.
NEIGHBORHOOD TO EXPLORE: Triana vs. Santa Cruz. Honestly a tie between these too. Triana is on my side of the river so I feel bias towards it, but Barrio Santa Cruz is just SO cute.
PATATAS BRAVAS: La Bandilla. Julia and I stumbled on this restaurant the very first week we were here, and this was the first time and place I tried this classic Spanish tapa! Luckily, you can get these in pretty much every restaurant and they are great wherever you go.
CHURROS: Bar Comercio. This churros bar was recommended by a local Sevillano and it did not disappoint! You can even watch them make the churros right in front of you.
HOST MOM: Carmen. My real family got my meet my host family the other night and it was the best thing ever!! Sweet Carmen prepared a spread of typical Sevillano gastronomy for them to try (Iberian ham, prawns, salmorejo) and I acted as translator! So special. Remember when I told y’all that she was an amazing cook? I found out she was taking cooking classes, and when I asked her why she was taking the classes and not teaching them, she said she is working towards getting a cooking certificate so she can open a restaurant of her own!! She proudly told us she received perfect scores on her dishes 🎉 She’s that good, y’all!!
FÚTBOL TEAM: Sevilla FC. This city actually has two teams you can root for — either Sevilla FC or Real Betis. My host dad, Ramon, is a huge Sevilla FC fan, so of course, I had to be one too! (I should also add that Sevilla beat Betis back in April 😉) My host parents warned us not to go to one of these games though because the Sevillanos are passionate about their rivalry! We did all go to a later game though to celebrate our friends’ last night in Seville and it was SO fun. The neighborhood around the stadium is filled with fans grabbing a drink or eating with friends before the game and then once in the game, everyone is extremely focused. We ended up winning 4-0!
BEST CITY TO VISIT: Lisbon, Portugal. Quite possibly the steepest city I’ve ever walked, but BEAUTIFUL and so CHEAP! This was another city we could get to by bus which was awesome!! 10/10 recommend their Vino Verde (Green Wine) and their Natas- a traditional Portuguese pastry!
PLACE TO STUDY: Cafe del Valle vs. Puro & Bio. Both in Los Remedios!! Puro & Bio doesn’t have wifi but has cool tea options and a great atmosphere. Cafe del Valle does have wifi and has the BEST pastries.
FLAMENCO BAR: La Carbonería. This bar is local and extremely AUTHENTIC. It is free, you just have to pay for a drink to get in. Make sure to get there early enough so you can see!! The talent is incredible.
RESTAURANT: Mammarracha. This was a hard choice to make because there are so many good ones, but if I had to narrow it down I would choose this place. We found out though that many of our fav restaurants actually all have the same owner- this one included!
FRIENDS IN THE WORLD: These girls. They traveled across the pond for a weekend (yep, weekend!) to Paris for a visit. They also fully embraced my artistic vision of a photoshoot with berets under the Eiffel Tower. Now those are some true friends!! Love you ladies.
GELATO: Valencianos vs. La Abuela. Valencianos has wifi so we would just have to get gelato in the name of free wifi (poor us!), but La Abuela seems to be just about everywhere you turn, so it’s more convenient. Can’t go wrong with either.
BEST TRADITION I GOT TO EXPERIENCE: Feria. Definitely one of my favorite nights of abroad and an experience that I will never be able to replicate. So glad I studied here in the Spring and got to be here for this! Feria is a huge, week-long party that draws over a million people!! The fair grounds are filled with “casetas” which are colorful, private tents owned by local Sevillanos. The men wear suits and ties while the women wear their beautiful flamenco dresses. My sisters and I got to go around with a local friend and it was SO fun. The drink of the fair is called a “rebujito” and is basically 7-up mixed with white wine.
DRESSED: Every single child in Sevilla. Their outfits are so. stinking. cute. Okay stalker pic, but look at this nugget!!! You should have seen them in their Feria outfits.
BASKETBALL TEAM IN THE NCAA: Hoos. While I was unbelievably depressed that I was not in Cville to celebrate the national championship win, I was grateful to have a UVA squad here in Seville to celebrate with. The game wasn’t until 3:30am here, so we were national champs around 6am, but that didn’t matter. We ended up renting an AirBnB to watch the game and it turned out great. I just feel bad for our neighbors! Always grateful to be a Hoo, even from 3000 miles away.
SQUAD TO STUDY ABROAD WITH: These peeps. Thankful for this city for bringing us all together, and grateful that the majority of them either go to the same school or to ones very close by!
*BONUS!!* Shoutout to the BEST parents and study abroad program for making this semester possible.
Hasta Pronto, Sevilla! I’ll be back for you soon. ❤️