This month’s birthstone is vibrant red ruby, an eye-catching stone that promotes energy, passion and positivity. With its lively fiestas, breathtaking architecture & rich cultural history, what better place for July’s travel inspiration than charismatic Seville? The capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, this sun-drenched city can be reached in less than 3 hours, making it the ideal destination for a last minute mini-break. Here are some things you don’t want to miss.
For a real taste of old-school Spanish charm, be sure to book a room at the boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta. Nestled into Seville’s historic centre, this 17th century house has been restored to perfection, with ornate fittings and rich upholstery creating an opulent atmosphere that’s totally luxurious. The hotel boasts its own central courtyard, decked out with greenery and a bubbling fountain, where a traditional guitarist performs every night. The rooms themselves have been beautifully modernised, with a light, airy decor that promises a relaxed and peaceful stay.
Seville is famous for flamenco, and a trip to a tablao is an absolute must for an exhilarating show of this age-old tradition. With so many place to choose from it’s hard to recommend just one, but at La Casa Del Flamenco you’ll find a really immersive experience, with no microphones or amps for a truly authentic sound. The intimate venue is set in the courtyard of a former palace, offering an idyllic backdrop to this Andalusian art.
For serene and sun-kissed afternoons there’s plenty to explore along the winding streets of Seville. Packed with bustling bars, intricate architecture and dotted with fragrant orange trees, it’s the perfect city to get lost in. Be sure to stop off at the Parque de Maria Luisa; an enchanting green space filled with fairytale buildings, pools and lush plazas.
EAT + DRINK
A trip to Spain wouldn’t be complete without indulging in some of the local dishes, and Seville has no shortage of tempting tapas bars. Keep your eyes peeled for the huddles of locals for a surefire sign of some delectable food - we’ve heard Casa Morales is one of the best of the bunch, with sensational eats and a bright, lively vibe. Wash it all down with some fruity sangria or maybe a glass of sweet sherry wine for a fun, laid-back evening in true Spanish style. If you’re not ready to book your tickets just yet, we love this decadent Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria, for a little taste of sunshine minus the travel. A refined, modern take on this summertime drink, it’s the perfect treat for a warm July night.