New York Times Journeys – Seville Traditions and Trends
Discover both the traditional and the trendy sides of Seville as you explore the vibrant city with your Urban Adventures guide and an itinerary inspired by The New York Times.
From tapas bars and Flamenco music, to Instagram-worthy architecture and artisan workshops both old and new, you’ll dive right into the heart of what makes Seville so special.
- Visit the Basilica de la Macarena to see the Virgin of Hope of Macarena face to face
- Walk through the newly trendy Macarena district where young designers and artists share space with traditional artisans
- Treat your palate to a delicious snack of marinated salmon with egg salad and toast alongside a glass of sherry or cava
- Discover the origin of Flamenco and move your body to the rhythm with a professional dancer
- Enjoy tapas with locals in the most authentic area of Sevilla, Triana
- Duration: 5 hours
- Meeting point: Arco de la Macarena.
- Starting time: 10.30 AM
- Ending point: Plaza del Altozano
- Full Itinerary
Seville is considered one of the most beautiful and traditional cities of Spain; with its history, architecture, ceramic industry, tapas, and famous Flamenco dance being big draws for travelers. But it also has a modern side – and on this tour you’ll get to experience the perfect blend of both.
We’ll start our discovery of Seville in the Macarena district, named for the most famous Virgin in the city, and now a trendy area filled with alternative co-working spaces mixed with traditional artisan studios. We’ll visit a few studios to meet local artists and designers, see their work, and learn about what they do for the community. We’ll then visit Rompemoldes, a modern space full of studios where you’ll have the chance to learn glassblowing and flameworking techniques, or how to create a felted scarf or a decorative flower.
Next up, it’s time for a snack. We’ll stop in Kök Tu Cocina, which bills itself as gastronomic atelier, where we will enjoy our first tapas dish and a glass of Spanish wine (vegetarian options are available). After refueling, we’ll compare some of the most beautiful churches in Seville: Santa Marina, San Luis, and San Marcos.
We’ll then make our way to the center of the city to enjoy the area’s impressive architecture, often hidden down narrow streets. Don’t worry, your guide will tell you where to look! We’ll also stop to check out “Metropol Parasol,” the biggest wooden structure in the world – a truly impressive sight to behold.
From architecture and epic wooden structures, we’ll head to the Triana district where it’s time to move to the music – Flamenco, that is. But Flamenco isn’t just a kind of music; for locals, it’s a way of life. You’ll hear a bit about the evolution of Flamenco from your guide before getting to experience it for yourself. Even if you don’t have much rhythm, we’re willing to bet you’ll be moved by the passion and the beat of Flamenco. In a beautiful studio, we’ll get to see a professional dancer training for her daily show, and if you’re feeling inspired – feel free to follow along with her steps.
Triana is probably the most authentic district of Seville, filled with wonderful ceramic shops, a vibrant local market, and many restaurants and bars serving some of the most delicious tapas in town. This area has a ton of character and it’s definitely a spot where you’re sure to feel like a local. After all that exploring, we’ll end the tour with lunch at Las Golondrinas, where they’ve been turning out traditional tapas for over 50 years.
After lunch, your guide can direct you back to your accommodations or offer tips on what else to see and do in Seville.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, workshop visit with a local artisan, one local snack with a glass of sherry or cava, two tapas and one drink in a very traditional restaurant.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.