It is absolutely forbidden to leave Sevilla without trying sangrias from various bars and restaurants in the city! Try to look for ones that are made in-house; some of the ones that we had tasted like they were made with a mix rather than almost from scratch.
The Tapas legend is on its way out apparently....When we studied up on Spain before our trip we learned that "Tapas" meant "covering" and its origin was from the pubs when you ordered a beer you would get a small dish to cover the beer glass and the "custom" was to put a little something in the dish to eat, hence the "Tapas". This food was only a few bites, but it was free with the ordering of a beer.
We searched for this in most of the towns we visited, and every beer I ordered came WITHOUT a tapas...with ONE exception and that was in Granada. Here in Sevilla the Tapas "bars" served three types of tapas, the "mini", the semi and the full. The mini as you see them in the photo is only two bites per piece but still cost 2-3 EURO EACH....the full tapas ran as much as 16-20 EURO and even it was not a real meal. Prices varied around Andalucia between 1.5 Euro all the way up to 22 Euro, depending on what you were getting and WHERE you were getting it, but the "free meal" seems to be no more.
Narrow streets of Sevilla
I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.
Rehearsing Holly Week
During the Holly Week, Sevilla transforms itself into a human river of religious processions; during those holly days, dozens of cofradies carry out their images over the city, a spectacle followed with fervent devotion by the attendants.
If attending to those processions is an absolutely fascinating activity, it is not less impressive to realize with how much anticipation the cofradias (the people that take active part in the processions) rehearse and test their strength. These rehearsals had nothing of trivial, as the images weigh several hundred kilos. So during many weeks before the Holly Week, is not unusual at all to witness the cofradias caring out the same weight over the streets of Sevilla by night.
Walk to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra -- 20.3k -- refugio
Pleasant days walking with good lunch stop at Valdelacasa
The refugio at Fuenterroble de Salvatierra is very good and there are two bars in town the closer one to the refugio does Good food but you have to order it in advance -- Best to do so when you arrive in the village !!