Seville

Seville or “Sevilla” to the Spaniards, is a city in the southwestern portion of the country renowned for flamenco dancing, bull fighting and the fierce pride that residents have in their city. Seville is a town bursting with energy, flamboyant dancing, loud music and the latest Spanish fashions. It is a quintessential mix of traditional Spanish customs and modern, youthful vibrancy.

One of the most fascinating times of year to visit Seville is during Holy Week, where tourists can observe the many Brotherhoods and their reverent celebration of the week leading up to Easter. Located on the Guadalquivir River, the climate is fairly mild in the winter with scorching hot summers. Christopher Columbus once said, “The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it,” of this city in which he is memorialized for his voyages to the Americas and conquests for Spain.

This is the perfect place to go back in time and trace the footsteps of Cristobol Colon, as he was known, by starting at the castle Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella first received him all those years ago. The castle is a little more than an hour outside of the city center and makes for an easy sojourn. Seville’s cathedral, argued to be the oldest in the world, supposedly contains the tomb of Columbus as well as a monument to him. Another easy day trip requires just a little more than two hours of driving to the Rock of Gibraltar, and one can easily squeeze in a tour to this infamous monument and one-time military stronghold.

Seville is the place to visit if you are looking for the epitome of an Andulucian town. “It has more narrow, winding, medieval lanes and romantic, hidden plazas soaked in the scent of orange blossom than half of Andalucia’s other cities put together. It’s the home of those two bulwarks of Andalucian tradition, flamenco and bullfighting, and its heritage of art and architecture (Roman, Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque) is without rival in southern Spain,” according to www.lonelyplanet.com.

Seville Traditions: Holy Week

Share Crowds of locals and tourists gather from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday for Holy Week in Seville. Beginning in the Middle Ages, the tradition honors the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through processions and music. “They’ve been waiting all year. For them, it’s very important,” said Mónica González Sanz, a local of Seville.…

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Restaurante Páprika: Eco dining in Granada

Restaurante Páprika: Eco dining in Granada

Share Restaurante Páprika is set in the Albayzín district of Granada.  This vegan restaurant is noticeable for its signature red paprika pepper on the door. Inside, local art hangs on the yellow walls, and jazz and flamenco tunes waft through the air.  However, the cooking going on in the open kitchen is the most overpowering scent. Head…

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Cycling: A different way to tour Sevilla

Share Some cities are too big to be seen on foot and too small to be experienced by bus. That is why Seville is perfect for bike tours, according to Sevilla Bike Tour guide, Jacco Pitlo. Sevilla Bike Tour is one of several bike tours in the Spanish city of Seville. This particular tour begins…

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Experience Granada through poet Federico García Lorca’s eyes

Share Federico García Lorca is arguably Spain’s greatest and most famous poet-playwright. During his career, he wrote over a dozen collections of poetry and just as many plays. Lorca wrote on themes of love, tragedy and identity. He is remembered for his depictions of Andalusian and Gypsy culture. Granada was where he grew up and…

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Save money abroad with these grocery store favorites

Share By Erin Armstrong, Tara Bullock, Courtney Davies and Anna Rae Gwarjanski When traveling abroad for weeks at a time, it can be economical to pick up snacks and even meals at a local grocery store. After visiting grocery stores in Spain and Portugal, these are a few of our favorite snacks. Portuguese Milanos –…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Share My latest recipe attempt, crema catalana, is the Spanish version of crème brûlée. In fact, the French and Spanish dispute over which country invented it first. It is generally made for Saint Joseph’s Day (the Spanish equivalent to Father’s Day) on March 19, and is also known as crema de Sant Josep. Making crema…

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Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Share Whether grabbing a drink with friends or spending a romantic evening over a four-course meal, Epiphany Café features a range of dishes for small and large appetites. A rarity in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Epiphany offers a variety of small plates, similar to tapas, which are common in Spanish culture. Traditionally tapas are often accompanied by…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Share For this week’s food blog, I made gazpacho. This has by far been the simplest dish, but simple does not take away from taste. Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup served chilled. It is widely served in Spain, particularly in Andalusia, as well as neighboring Portugal. Since the soup is known to be revitalizing, it…

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How to pack for a Spanish vacation

Share Planning European vacations takes a lot of preparation. Once the airline tickets have been booked, hotel rooms are reserved, and the activities are planned, travelers can just about see the silver lining, but one crucial obstacle still lies ahead: the dreaded task of packing. Packing for a vacation should not consist of mindlessly throwing…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Share When most people think of hummus, they think of the Middle East but because of the Middle East’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, hummus actually has many Mediterranean influences. Many people are unaware that Spanish food is considered Mediterranean. For my blog this week, I will be making Spanish-style hummus. I based my recipe…

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