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Seville: art and food to the rhythm of flamenco.

In splendid Seville, the capital of Andalusia, a city whose light and impressive architecture have been the backdrop to many well-known films and television series, first-time visitors often get the sensation of being in a familiar place.

Reinforcing this feeling is what seems to be an ever-present festive air. Sevillians truly know how to enjoy life, delighting in time spent outdoors, strolling in the colourful Triana quarter (perhaps the least ‘touristy’ of them all), a place where you can mingle with locals and even come across impromptu flamenco performances.

To fully appreciate the beauty of Seville, a visit to the imposing cathedral is a must. The largest Gothic building in the world, its mausoleum is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. The bell tower also stands out, better known as the Giralda, offering visitors a magnificent view of the city.

However, the true spirit of Seville is best experienced in tapear, that is, ‘going out for tapas’ (which were invented precisely here!). Sevillians generally order no more than three, so they can then move on to another locale. After all, tapas aren’t just a way to enjoy local savoury dishes and desserts, but also a perfectly Andalusian way to socialise.

Don’t miss the gazpacho, a cold soup made of tomato, cucumber, paprika and garlic (particularly recommended on warm days), Cocido Andaluz, a puree of chickpeas and vegetables, and also Pipirrana de Pulpo, a flavourful salad of vegetables, olives and octopus, all washed down with a cerveza or Tinto de Verano, a simpler and less alcoholic version of sangria.

For dessert, the most famous are undoubtedly Tocino de Cielo, a flan-like custard made of egg yolks and caramelised sugar, and churros, long pieces of fried pastry dough dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon, delicious when dunked in hot chocolate and irresistible after dinner or for breakfast.

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