About Cat G
Lives in Seville, Spain
Since Apr 2014
25-34 year old female
A midwesterner girl who turn down a job in radio for the siesta lifestyle, I live, work and tapear in Seville, Spain. As curious as I am hungry, my free time is usually spent roaming the Andalusian capital, on the lookout for new tapas joints, interesting 'rincones', or corners, of my adoptive city, or at home having a nap. I also contribute to Rough Guides to Andalucia, The Local Spain and several blogs, as well as maintaining my own expat site, Sunshine and Siestas. To make it to the end of the month, I run a small language academy and do freelance recording work.
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Once known as the gypsy and mariner neighborhood, Triana oozes old Sevillano charm, just don't say that to the locals — 'trianeros' like to distinguish themselves from their across-the-river counterparts! There isn't much to see by way of churches or museums here, so spend your time getting lost in Triana's tangle of cobblestoned streets, popping into taverns and markets along the way. Triana is all about feeling.
Housed in a gorgeous Almohad palace, which served as a convent until 1998, Centro Cultural Santa Clara is one of Seville's newest cultural centers, featuring offbeat exhibitions and music festivals. Such a historically significant and architecturally stunning building seems the ideal place to celebrate and protect the unique culture of Seville, with seasonal exhibits on anything from flamenco to local literature.
Itálica is actually in the town of Santiponce, 9km (5.5mi) northwest of Seville's city center. Founded in the second century BC, this important archaeological site was one of the earliest Roman settlements in Spain, and the birthplace of emperors Trajan and Hadrian (of Hadrian's Wall fame). Today, you can visit the well-preserved ruins in a few hours, taking in an amphitheater, the original Roman road, ancient dwellings, and beautiful mosaics.
Fried fish might just be Seville's most famous food, and no one does 'fritura' like Freiduría Puerta de la Carne. In business since the 1929 Iberoamerican Fair, the joint serves little else but fried fare — battered in flour, thrown into a pan filled with hot olive oil, and served in a paper cone. There's little fanfare, but there doesn't need to be — locals flock to this restaurant for the food and the service, particularly on Sundays and holidays.
What began as a project to preserve Sephardic history in the Santa Cruz neighborhood has grown into one of the most highly regarded flamenco shows in a city filled with overpriced offerings. A small museum and patio introduce visitors to the basics of the dance, as well as its history and most distinguished personalities, and then there is the show itself. Casa de la Memoria attracts some of the best artists in flamenco, and its intimate atmosphere ensures a memorable introduction to flamenco.
Paying homage to the public baths that were fundamental to both Roman and Arab cultures, Aire de Sevilla is a modern spa and bathhouse with Old World echoes. Situated on the site of ancient Arab baths (with Roman foundations) in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, the 16th-century mansion bears classic 'mudejar' style, replete with stone arches and stunning lanterns.
Just steps from the tourist meccas of Barrio Santa Cruz and the cathedral, this hole-in-the-wall snack bar is known for its made-to-order sandwiches and orange wine. Álvaro Peregil, son of the famous flamenco singer Pepe Peregil, converted his great-grandfather's wine store into this tavern, which he owned until his death in 2012. It's with good reason that the rickety tables on the sidewalk are always filled with locals!
While most tourists climb the Giralda or the Metropol Parasol (an architectural newcomer), you'll get a different sort of bird's-eye view by visiting Torre de los Perdigones. Located just outside the city center and standing 45 meters (147 feet) tall, the observation deck holds a cámera oscura, a type of camera that allows light and mirrors to create a sort of moving picture of the Old Town.
Convent sweets have long been beloved by locals, and now the cloistered nuns at convents around the city are peddling their wares to the greater public. The Convent of San Leandro is one of the city's biggest producers of sweets, most notably their 'Yemas de San Leandro,' made with egg yolks, sugar, and lemon zest. You can have them packaged up for your afternoon coffee or to take back home.