Even though it had been over 10 years since I last visited Spain, I was more excited to see it for the first time through my husband and son Quincy’s eyes. But really, after two weeks of traveling to three of my favorite cities, it was as if I was seeing it all for the first time. I had forgotten how incredibly charming the country is. How good the food is. How stunning the architecture is. How fascinated I am in the history of the Spanish colonization. How much I love the concept of siestas. How much I love cava. How I can’t wait to return. So without further ado, here is my much abbreviated guide to Seville, Granada and Barcelona – please feel free to chime in in the comments below! Oh, and if you’re looking for more food tips, head on over to HonestlyYUM for the lowdown.
Stay at Hotel Alfonso XIII. Look no further, this is the place to stay in Seville. The 100 year old hotel and landmark has played host to Ernest Hemingway, Jackie Kennedy, Eva Perón and other royal dignitaries. It’s no wonder – the hotel is absolutely stunning with it’s Moorish influences and Spanish architecture. Have breakfast in the courtyard and take your siesta by the pool with a glass of ice cold sangria. Eat at Azotea, a tiny little restaurant with an inventive and seasonal tapas menu. Don’t miss Eslava, a bustling little spot where all the locals go for unpretentious, reinvented tapas – order everything off the menu, you won’t be disappointed. See Plaza de Espana, Plaza del Toros, The Alcázar of Seville and an authentic flamenco show. And simply stroll along the orange tree line streets of Seville. Shop the busy, pedestrian street that is Calle Sierpes. It is lined with age-old artisan shops selling handicrafts, hats, hand painted fans, beautiful lace mantillas, and flamenco dresses. But remember, siesta in Spain means stores are closed from approximately 2-5pm!