A FRESH AND UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER IN SEVILLE

Welcome to Seville, the capital city of Andalucia with its scent of orange blossom and typical Andalusian flavour ! Named ‘Number One City to Discover’ in 2018 by The Lonely Planet, the city of Seville will amaze you by its famous sights, its fabulous cultural heritage and its extraordinarily tasty traditional dishes! Here is the top guide to spend a local and unforgettable summer in Seville!

  • A CITY MADE OF WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Obligatory step at The Cathedral of Saint Mary ! Seville is home to the world’s largest Gothic building and you cannot miss it! Visit the cathedral will take you at least 3 hours, the time you will need to climb to the Giralda and enjoy the peaceful orange tree courtyard of the cathedral.

Don’t miss the Giralda tower! Icon of Seville, this is is the bell tower of Seville cathedral and is the result of many centuries of Seville’s history. It was originally built as a minaret for the mosque. You can climb the tower and enjoy an incredible view on the vibrant city. This incredible sight is visible from the terrace of our palace.

Then make a stop at the Real Alcazar palace complex, a historical treasure that will leave you speechless. This palace is one of the world’s most stunning pieces of architecture and design and a must-see in southern Spain! Take your time to look at the scale, the detail and the colors of the oldest royal palace still in use today in Europe!

End your day walking through the best viewed from the other side of the river at sunset, to admire the charm of the Tower of Gold. A 1220 defensive watchtower that offer breathtaking views.

 

  • SEVILLE, A GOURMET EXPERIENCE!

Now it’s time to eat! Seville is a paradise for gourmet and you cannot leave the city without trying traditional dishes of Seville served at the table of our restaurant Los Rincones del Marqués like the Sevillan tomato soup or the Salmorejo (tomato soup) of our chef Jorge Cortés.

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Where ? Calle Santiago, 31, 41003 Sevilla – Phone +34 954 50 20 63

Another gourmet address of Seville is undoubtedly El Rinconcillo, one of the oldest bar in town (1670). The walls of El Rinconcillo have welcomed several generations since four centuries ago, and they still keep the spirit of the most traditional city of Seville.


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Where? Calle Gerona, 40 Phone : +34 954 22 31 83.)

  • HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT!

You may know that a summer in Seville can be very hot since the average temperature is 36 degrees, but there are numerous indoor activities and alternatives that will make your stay a memorable one !

Enjoy the Sevillian skyline from its core, nearly touching the Giralda. It’s a privilege that the Palacio Villapanés Hotel puts at your disposal on our terrace our plunge pool and balinese beds. A place where, rather than simply being in Seville, you will feel as if you are a part of it!

 

 

  • EMBRACE THE SIESTA CULTURE!

Between two visits, adopt the Andalucian rhythm and embrace the siesta culture! Take your time and enjoy a well-deserved break in our Wellness Area where we provide you with a steam bath, massage room, warm and hot-water contrast shower, shower massages, etc…

 

 

  • CULTURAL EVENTS NOT TO MISS!

During the summer, Seville welcomes many indoors and outdoors arts events and exhibitions! Concerts, exhibitions or theatre, a large offer of activities that can be enjoyed by night or by day in the most typical sights!

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Let’s meet in the sumptuous Alcázar Palace gardens for the Nights in the Gardens of the Alcázar 2019 (Noches en Los Jardines del Real Alcázar 2019)! The garden of the palacio open its doors during all summer long to make you discover first-class musicians in the heart of an incredible site! From top flamenco singers to international prized quartet, live unforgettable summer nights in the heart of the most emblematic Sevillan site!

When? From 27th june to 2019 to 21st september 2019

Where? Gardens of the Real Alcázar Palace

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The color of Modernism runs the entire palette of blues-from ultramarine (in lapislázuli), through the Indian indigo or cobalt blue, until the appearance of synthetic pigments, French ultramarine blue, Prussian blue or cerulean- and poetry meanings that were associated with the Nouveau.

When? From 3rd May to 25th August 2019, Every day from 10h. a 20h.

Where? Caixa Forum Sevilla – Sevilla Tower Mall C / López Pintado, s/n – 41092 Seville


The Flamenco Viene del Sur cycle is one of the most important flamenco programs. Its organization is run by the Andalusian Institute of Flamenco. In this 22nd edition, up to 150 artists will perform through Seville, Granada and Málaga. A great occasion to immerse yourself in the world of flamenco, discovering its culture and strong history!

When ? February to November 2019

Where ? Teatro Central

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  • A FASHION TOUR IN SEVILLE!

A quick walk through the streets of Seville will leave you the necessary time to perceive the elegance and the chic of Sevillan’s people! Seville has a reputation throughout Spain (and Europe!) as being one of the most stylish and sophisticated Andalucian city.  High heel stilettos, colorful pants and stunning dresses, Sevillan’s style is confident !

A day in Seville with your own personal shopper! Learn to combine textures, styles and discover the best of Seville’s fashion scene! We will be please to leave you in the hand of a personal shopper who will bring you to the best haute couture and Spanish designers hot spot to find the finest attire!

Head for classy and adopt the latest Spanish fashion trends !

To book a personal shopper, please contact our hotel staff who will be pleased to arrange it for you. 

 

  • BE THE PERFECT FLAMENCO WOMAN!

Have you ever dreamt of being La flamenca perfecta ? Do you want to feel glamorous and look gorgeous ? The professionals of Experiencia Carmen (Carmen is the principal character in the famous opera of Georges Bizet, which is set in the city of Seville) will transform you into a strong and passionate flamenco dancer!

 

The experience takes places in a typical Sevillian house! There, after a transformation by a team of make-up artists and stylists, make your most graceful pose and enjoy a photography session around the colorful household! The adventure will take and end with a Spanish wine and tasting of typical Sevillian sweets!

The TV Producer & Host Christina Cindrich living the Andalucian way of life © @misscindrich

Where ? Calle Castellar, 34   41003 Sevilla

  • THE BEST OF FLAMENCO PERFORMANCE!

Now that you know a little bit more about the traditional Andalucian outfits, It’s time to discover the passionate souls of flamenco in live!

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La Carboneria is the authentic place of Andalucian folklore in Sevilla! This place is nevertheless one of the best places to watch flamenco in Seville because of its very unique atmosphere.

Where? Calle Céspedes, 21, Sevilla

Free entrance

  • LEARN TO COOK LIKE A MASTER CHEF!

Andalucia is home of excellent local products and rich gastronomy! And you cannot leave the city without learning how to make some of its most traditional dishes! It’s time for you to impress friends and family making them discover the irresistible cuisine of Andalucia!

How to prepare good marinated olives?  What are the ingredients for the perfect Salmorejo? And which wine will be served with your ‘huevos a la flamenca’? Palacio de Villapanés will book for you the best masterclass with a local chef  to bring home the best of Andalucian recipies.

To book a masterclass, please contact our hotel staff who will be pleased to arrange it for you. 

THE BEST PALACES IN SEVILLE

One of the best plans to enjoy Seville in a different way its discovering its beautiful palaces. In this post we will try to highlight the ten most spectacular palaces in the city:

 

  1. Real Alcázar

 

The Real Alcázar is one of the most important monuments in Seville and one of the oldest palaces in use in the world, therefore it´s a must-visit when you come to Seville. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 receives more than 1 million visits per year.

It is not just only a place with great historical relevance, but it is also one of the most beautiful and curious architectural ensembles in the country, mixing styles of Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic art.

In the year 913 Abderramán III ordered the construction of a new center of government on top of an old Visigothic settlement that had previously been Roman. This “multicultural” detail of its construction seems a foretaste of the many historical swings that would shape its current appearance.

In 1248, with the conquest of Seville by Fernando III, the Real Alcázar became a Royal Palace (a status that still conserves today) and subsequently he lived through numerous reforms initiated by his son Alfonso X, who ordered the construction of the Gothic Palace. In 1364, Pedro I will commission the Mudéjar Palace, one of the most spectacular areas of the complex. The Renaissance touches of the Real Alcázar come from the reforms made during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs.

As a curiosity we can tell you that some of the venues inside the Real Alcázar have been used as a stage for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

 

 

2. Casa Pilatos

Casa Pilatos is the palace of the Medinaceli dukes. This explains why the Spanish Mudejar building presents a clear influence of the Italian Renaissance. This rich combination makes this palace an essential visit for those who love architecture.

The construction of the palace began in 1483, by initiative and desire of Pedro Enríquez de Quiñones (IV Adelantado Mayor de Andalucía) and his second wife Catalina de Ribera, founders of the Casa de Alcalá. After the death of their parents their sons were the ones who were responsible for completing the decoration of the palace.

The name Casa de Pilatos comes from a Via Crucis that began to be celebrated in Seville in the 16th century. This Via Crucis begins at the door of the palace as the first station, ending in the temple of the Cruz del Campo (neighborhood of Nervión), which would be the germ of Holy Week in Seville.

 

3. Casa Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija

Located at Cuna street, parallel to the famous Sierpes street, the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija is a magnificent Palace and Museum. Its origin dates back to the 16th century and is considered the “best paved house-palace in Europe”.

In 1901 it was acquired by the Countess of Lebrija to house its valuable collection of antiquities, until that date it had belonged to different noble families of the city. The family of the Countess lived in the house until 1990, when it became a house museum.

If you decide to visit this house museum you can enjoy an excellent set of Roman mosaics, as well  its rooms treasure a multitude of archaeological remains of incalculable historical and artistic value: vases, amphoras, columns, vessels and sculptures. In addition to the archaeological remains you can find elements of the Arab and Roman times, a collection of well curbs, amphoras, columns and sculptures, Greco-Roman busts and mythological representations, along with other Chinese and Persian style.

Among the paintings you can find pieces by Van Dyck, by Bruegel the Elder and paintings by the School of Murillo.

 

4. Casa de las Dueñas

The Palace of Las Dueñas is a private residence owned by the Casa de Alba that arouses great interest for its historical, architectural and artistic value and for having been the residence of the charismatic Cayetana de Alba.

This spectacular palace was built between the 15th and 16th centuries on top of the remains from the monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas, hence its name. Since its construction it has always belonged to noble families of Seville until in 1612 that it passed into the hands of the Casa de Alba thanks to the marriage between Antonia Enríquez de Ribera and Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, who would be the VI Duke of Alba.

 

5. San Telmo Palace

The Palace of San Telmo is currently where the Presidency of the Andalusian Government is settled. Located on the Avenida de Roma, it was conceived to become the home to the headquarters of the college-seminar of the University of Merchants.

Its main façade located on Palos de la Frontera street dates from 1754 and is one of the most famous of Baroque-Churrigueresque architecture.

Its lateral facade has sculptures of illustrious Sevillian characters (born and adopted) executed in 1895 by Antonio Susillo, we can see Diego Velázquez, Miguel Mañara, Lope de Rueda, Diego Ortiz de Zúñiga, Fernando de Herrera, Luis Daoíz, Benito Arias Montano, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Fernando Afán de Ribera, Bartolomé de las Casa, Rodrigo Ponce de León, Cádiz and Juan Martínez Montañés.

 

6. Casa de los Pinelo

The palatial house of the Pinelo is the home of the Royal Academies of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría and Sevillana de Buenas Letras. The goal of these corporations is the dissemination of the Fine Arts throughout promotional activities, studies, conservation and restoration of works of art and materials that are part of the legacy.

The canon of the Seville Cathedral, Don Diego Pinelo, commissioned its construction during the first third of the 16th century, becoming one of the first and most important noble houses in Seville. Until 1524 it belonged to the Pinelo family who decided to donate it to the Cathedral of Seville.

Since then it has served as the residence of the Canons of the Cathedral, until the confiscations of the nineteenth century. When passing to private hands the house had several uses. In 1966 it becomed the property of the City Council of Seville.

7. Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba

Commissioned by the Lord of the Algaba in 1474, the Palace of the Marquises of the Algaba is located on Feria Street, behind “Mercado de Abastos” (food market). It is considered one of the best examples of civil Mudejar art.

Currently, it is a cultural reference in the Casco Antiguo district of Seville, as it is the

headquarters of the Area of ​​Education, Citizen Participation and Municipal Buildings and houses an important museographic collection as well as offering magnificent facilities to Seville’s neighbors.

 

8. Casa de la Provincia

Located in the Plaza del Triunfo in Seville, in the heart of its monumental area, between the Cathedral and the Reales Alcázares, and opposite to the Archivo de Indias is the House of the Province.

For many years it has been the seat of the Sevillian Government until 1999 that it was established as a privileged place for the promotion of the city of Seville.

 

9. Casa Salinas

Located in the heart of Seville’s Old Town, Casa Salinas is a 16th-century palace house.

Since the beginning of the 20th century the house was owned by the Salinas family, therefore its name. This family has been responsible for restoring it thoroughly to resemble it to its original appearance.

Actually, it displays its primitive structures of the 16th century with elements typical of the period of its construction, harmonized aesthetically as reflected in its warm and comfortable interiors.

10. Palacio de Villapanés

The place was built in the 18th century by de Marqués of Torreblanca del Aljarafe. Originally the Place only included the main house, its rooftops and beautiful viewpoints and a garden.

During the followings years, the Marquis of Villapanés took charge of the assets and property of the Marquis of Torreblanca del Aljafare. Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Palace was enlarged with two new buildings. In 2006 the renovation and building of our Hotel was begun.

The back yard an the two-story building were added opposite to the main house. Only part of the façade of the left wing was recovered. Many of the original details were painstakingly restored: the coat of arms on the main staircase with its decorated carriage dome; all the columns of the central patio; the bar´s hall parquet floor; the tiles in the glow with their spectacular finish. All these elements shine with renewed light.

Since December 2009, the building is protected as a Site of Cultural Interest of the city of Seville.

It is considered one of the main artistic creations of the Baroque architecture of 18th

century.
It has been declared National Heritage Site, which preserved most of the original architecture complex.

Having the opportunity of sleeping in a place like the “Palacio de Villapanés” with such a rich history is something very unique.