Monthly Archives: April 2012

Seville Travel Tips

Seville Travel Tips

Thinking about visiting Seville on your next getaway? The beautiful capital of Andalusia has a great historical center full of monuments, museums, romantic parks and other attractions. In this exuberant city, the tapas and flamenco were invented. Here you’ll find travel tips and info for an unforgettable stay in Seville.

Whether you’re looking for a cheap weekend or a week’s Seville holiday along with luxury hotel and airfare searches, there are trip packages and accommodations to fit every lifestyle and budget.

Must-sees in Seville

In Seville, there’s always something to keep you busy, entertained or otherwise engaged. You can spend hours enjoying the beautiful sights of the historic center wander, picnic in one of the most romantic parks of the world or relax on a terrace to enjoy the surroundings. I love to spend the day shopping then retreat to the terrace and enjoy music I get from Ares while ending the day with breathtaking views.

Tip: Opposite the historic center on the other side of the water is Calle Betis; a street lined with outdoor cafes along the water. It is a romantic place where you have a wonderful view on the historic skyline of the city.

Shopping in Seville? Shop till you drop!

The shops in Seville are very varied and you will find something for everyone. El Centro, the north district of the cathedral, is the place to be to fill your bags with all sorts of fun stuff. The Sierpes street is a pedestrian mall with trendy clothing stores, boutiques and stores like Mango and Zara. Also nice is the gypsy quarter of Triana, where you will find many shops with handmade tiles.


The Square Shopping Center is an old train station from 1901 which was converted to striking mall. Outside the city you will find Nervion Plaza, next to a huge mall with many stores also a multiplex cinema and restaurants.


In the Mercado del Postigo is the daily craft market place. On Wednesday and Thursday there are craft markets in the streets Magdalena and it is at La Rioja on Saturday at the Plaza del Duque.

Seville, birthplace of flamenco

During your stay in Seville, a visit to flamenco is certainly something to consider. In the so-called tablaos, professional flamenco shows are staged. The shows are excellent, but there are many tourists, and for a more authentic experience you have to check out a real flamenco instance in the popular Triana district.

Eating and Drinking in Seville? Tapas and sherry

In Seville, it seems that everyone throughout the day loves to eat and drink. You will find plenty of tapas bars, which Bodega Santa Cruz is one of the most famous for. The old bar, Bar El Rinconcillo, has been around since 1670. There is another attraction, Lizarran, where the concept of pinxtos uses. The best tapas bars can be recognized by looking for the ones where there are plenty of locals hanging out.

The tapas is usually wine. The preference of Sevillanen goes to Jerez, Spanish Sherry. A typical Andalusian specialty is gazpacho, a cold tomato soup, which satisfies the hunger and thirst quenching at the same time.

Things to do in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

If you are looking for wonderfully calm and relaxed holidays in Europe, look no further than Lisbon in Portugal. This capitol city has an eternal charm and beauty that is bewitching for the tourists. Rich in art and culture and boasting of a warm climate that welcomes visitors all year long, Lisbon has much to offer to the tourists to make it an ideal weekend destination. There is so much to see and explore in this ancient city that at times it looks impossible to pack all sites in a short vacation. This article tries to shortlist some of the absolute must to do things in Lisbon. If you are in Spain for a few days, it is better to take  apartments in Valencia on rent rather than booking a hotel which is always a costly affair. This is what people do these days with Dubrovnik apartments as well as apartment Split.

Soaking in the beauty on a tram (number 28)

Lisbon is one of the few cities of the world where trams still form the backbone of the public transport system. If you are in Lisbon, riding a tram is one of the best ways to see and be mesmerized by the beauty and charm of this golden city. Number 28 is the route that takes visitors to nearly all parts of the city. In fact, if you buy a 3 day ticket, you can hop on to any tram any time of the day and visit the places of tourist attraction. This also helps you to save as buying a new ticket every time is much costlier.

Fado bar
You may think of Fado bar as just another bar but the specialty of the bar is felt as soon as you are inside one. If you are a lover of Portuguese music, a Fado bar is just what the doctor ordered as you can enjoy your favorite beverages while listening to the traditional Portuguese music that incidentally is known as Fado here. Women wrapped in long skirts sing a song accompanied by a guitarist.

Pay a visit to Sintra

This is a small village 40 miles from Lisbon located on the foothills of mountains. You will be surprised with the scenic beauty as well as calmness of the place. The area has many palaces as this was a place loved by the royals.

This is a must visit place in Lisbon and you can reach here by tram number 15. You get to see not one but three beautiful sites here such as Belem tower, Jeronimous Monastary, and the Discovery Monuments. Belem is a place where you get to eat the most delicious custards you will ever get to eat in your life.

Miradouro (the viewpoints)

Every city has some places where it is possible to get the best view of the entire or a major portion of the city. Go discover your own Miradouro in the city as you may find many restaurants where you may get a seat near the window to get a glimpse of the sunset while sipping on a hot coffee or your favorite beer.