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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

bars

Bauhaus

Bauhaus defies the trend of Seville’s traditional old-school tapas bars, focussing on attention to detail and cutting edge designs. Philippe Starck furniture punctuates the interior and the tables outside accommodate the post-siesta crowd ready for afternoon drinks. The vibe becomes more clubby as the evening progresses as some of the best DJs in Seville mix electro-house tunes.

 View Map ... Calle Estrella 3, Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain
Buddha del Mar

Located in a former train station, Buddha del Mar comprises a café, tearoom, chillout zone and nightclub. In summer, the rooftop terrace is superb with low candlelit tables and Balinese style daybeds. Buddha del Mar is a reliable spot for a diverse night out with a tasteful twist.

 View Map ... 8 Plaza de la Legion, Seville, Spain
El Rinconcillo

Locals say this tapas bar, founded in 1670, is the oldest in Seville and it certainly feels like little has changed with its ancient bottles of wine lining the walls and its quaint ambience. The waiters take orders in chalk on the wooden bartops and the kitchen produces traditional and thoroughly tasty dishes. Always packed, there is an abundance of atmosphere at the authentic El Rinconcillo.

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 View Map ... Calle Gerona 40 y Alhóndiga 2, Seville, Spain
Terraza Capote

In the summer months Seville gets hot, and there’s no hotter place to enjoy the alfresco vibe than Terraza Capote. The shady palm trees and refreshing drinks provide respite and the open air tables overlooking the Guadalquivir river (just by the Triana Bridge) are a great spot to awaken your senses after your siesta. The relaxing zone transforms into a DJ club by night when the crowds flock and the energy vibrates.

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 View Map ... Puente de Triana, 41001 Seville, Spain

what we think

Seville is a Spanish cliché of flamenco, sherry and bullfighting. It claims to have invented the culinary art of tapas and has more than 4,000 tapas bars to support its contention. The energy emanating from the locals is infectious and the buzz is undeniable. Luxury accommodation exists in the form of trendy minimalist hotels or charming converted palaces. As the capital of Andalucia it is easy to combine a visit to Seville with a journey to discover any one of the many white-washed moorish Andalucian towns or miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. Try to squeeze in a night or two at a chic private hacienda set amidst olive groves. Treat yourself to a perfect indulgence traversing between the vivacious Seville and the idyllic surrounds of the wider Andalusian region.