Last month the luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler revealed some of the best kept secrets spots in Seville! You already know by heart all the corners of the beautiful Giralda bell tower and the Betis street is no longer a secret for you? Then keep reading if you want to know the B-side of Seville.
Have you heard about Plaza del Cabildo?
This is one of Sevilla best secrets, even for Sevillanos inhabitants! This charming place is formed by a series of arches supported by marble columns and decorated by the Sevillian artist José Palomar. Far from the hustle and bustle of the urban activity, this place seems like disconnected from the rest of the city and here silence is the key.
Buying sweets from nuns
A quick stop at El Torno, a traditional pastry shop specializing in sweets made in the convents of Sevilla. The nuns sell their homemade sweets to support themselves and continue to live within their convents. Based on ingredients as simple as eggs, flour, sugar, almonds, cinnamon or cabello de àngel – a transparent threaded jam made from Siam pumpkin – these traditional pastries will be for sure the best gifts to bring home from Seville.
Soho Benita, the Spanish SoHo
Then, under the good guidance of Condé Nast Traveler, let’s discover another part of the city with the ‘Avenida de la Palmera’ , which is a faithful witness of the beginning of the 20th century in Seville and of one of the most important event that took place back in time: the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, which completely changed the urban composition of the city.
We are encouraged to discover some of the most representative pavilions of that exhibition. Although nowadays these pavilions have others roles they do continue to stand for great jewels of the Hispanic architecture and definitely worth the visit.
The exquisite Pabellon Mudejar (now the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares), with its tiles and horseshoe arches, is located in the Plaza de Las Americas and is one of the must see pavilions of that exhibition.