Dive into Sevilla’s labyrinthine alleyways and enjoy the adventure, the architecture, the orange blossom and the centuries of history.

The location of Nobu Hotel Sevilla is perfectly primed for soaking up the charms of this Andalusían city. Dive into its labyrinthine alleyways without a map if you can; Sevilla is a place where visitors are rewarded with multi-sensory duende (moments of heightened emotion) with every wrong turn. It could be the smell of fragrant orange blossom while slowly meandering through the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz. The wail of a mournful lament or stamp of a baillarina’s feet from a nearby flamenco bar. It could even be the visual delights of Real Alcázar’s Christian and Mudéjar architecture, or the taste of pescado frito and a crisp local sherry during a tapas pitstop on a buzzing plaza. Once your day’s adventure is over, stroll back to Nobu Hotel Sevilla where our Suites, Nobu restaurant and Rooftop Garden await you with some well-earned refreshment.


The ability to throw a flamboyant fiesta (and more importantly, knowing how to celebrate them with gusto) seems to be in the lifeblood of every Sevillano. The city is famous for staging some of Spain’s most passionate and stirring events, whether it’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) or the Feria de Abril (spring fair).


Get happily lost in the alleyways of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Put your phone’s GPS down and prepare to be entranced by the cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and tapas bars of this former Jewish quarter.

Marvel at the Mudéjar décor of Real Alcázar

Seville’s sensational palace complex is an eye-catching fusion of Christian and Mudéjar décor, with moments of respite offered by its airy patios and bougainvillea-shaded gardens (look out for the preening peacocks). It’s been home to Arab and Christian rulers, and recently stood in for Dorne and Meereen in Game of Thrones.

Savour some of the world’s best tapas

Go old-school with pringá montadito (leftover pork stew in a crispy bun) accompanied by cañas>of Cruzcampo beer at Bodega Santa Cruz or something swankier such as the fusion tapas at Mamarracha. Either way you’ll find tiny morsels of culinary heaven anywhere in Seville: there are more than 3,000 tapas bars to choose from.

Enjoy unrivalled city views from Metropol Parasol

Otherwise known as las setas (the mushrooms), this enormous wooden structure was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and finished in 2011. Take the elevator to its curving walkway for stellar sunset views or simply use the building like any good parasol and bask in its shade.

Feel dwarfed by the world’s biggest gothic cathedral

The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede was built so “those who see it finished will think we’re mad”. From its imposing height to its scary gargoyles, you don’t have to be a medieval enemy to find the structure formidable. To really do the Catedral justice, however, step inside for artworks by Murillo and Goya, and a peek at the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Scale the Giralda

Walking to the top of this 104m bell tower is easier than it seems. It takes 35 ramps (and just one flight of stairs) to get there, with the ramps built so guards could ascend it on horseback.

Clap your hands at a flamenco show

It’s impossible to truly know Sevilla without watching a flamenco show. The Museo del Baile (Flamenco Dance Museum) has one-hour courtyard shows every evening, but for an earthier experience, try the Taberna Gonzalo Molina, Casa de la Guitarra, Bar Flamenco Los Martínez or Peña Torres Macarena after midnight.

Cycle the Guadalquivir river

Sevilla is one of Spain’s most cycle-friendly cities. Pick up a pay-as-you-go Sevici bike and pedal down this majestic river. Enjoyment of the Guadalquivir isn’t limited to those on two-wheels: it’s possible to paddle-board the river, or sample it on a cruise.

… then visit a bicycle-themed bar afterwards

Try the upcycled bric-a-brac of Bicicletería or bohemian poetry readings and shows at arts/cultural space Un Gato en Bicicleta (“cat on a bike”).

Sample cookies made by Spanish nuns

Go to Convento Madre de Dios for delicious naranjitos (balls of nutty marzipan topped with glazed orange from the convent garden) or Monasterio de Santa Paula for home-made orange blossom jam and biscuits.

Pay respect to Golden Age art at Museo de Bella Artes

Two of Spain’s most celebrated artists were Sevillian: Diego Velázquez (responsible for Las Meninas, one of the most important paintings of all time), and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. This fine arts museum – housed in an ornate Mudejar pavilion – hosts artworks by them both, along with many other painters and cultural treasures.


Visit the Alhambra and roam the Albayzín in Granada

Set amid the backdrop of Sierra Nevada mountains, the fortified Alhambra palace in Granada is one of the world’s must-see buildings. Meanwhile, the city’s historic Muslim quarter, the Albayzin, was seemingly designed for aimless wandering. Try stopping at a tetería (teahouse) or two.

2 hours 30 minutes by train

Fall under the Mezquita’s spell in Cordoba

Cordoba packs a punch on many levels. In the Mezquita, the city boasts one of the world’s most impressive Islamic buildings. The lanes of Judería, Córdoba’s old Jewish quarter, are equally as atmospheric. Don’t forget to seek shade on one of the city’s many hidden patios.

45 minutes by train

Carnival in Cádiz

The raucous winter Carnival in this seaside port isn’t the only reason to visit: it also has superlative seafood, beautiful beaches, a majestic cathedral, cheerful locals (the fun-loving gaditanos) and a malecón (sea wall) that could make you think you’re in Havana.

1 hour 40 minutes by train

Ronda and the pueblos blancos

Perched above the vertiginous El Tajo gorge, Ronda entranced both Ernest Hemingway (who loved its bullfighting) and Orson Welles (whose ashes are buried here). Combine a trip by driving around nearby pueblos blancos (white villages) such as Arcos de la Frontera and Zahara de la Sierra.

Ronda is 1 hour 50 minutes by car.

Jerez de la Frontera

The capital of Spanish sherry – there are over 50 bodegas where you can sample nutty amontillados, dry manzanillas or local cuisine such as riñones al Jerez (sherry-braised kidneys).

1 hour by train