Sumary of Seville city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Spain’s southern cultural capital:
- With an average of 3,000 sunshine hours each year – and the accolade of the warmest city in continental Europe – Seville tempts sun-starved Brits to its winding, orange-tree-lined streets and sunkissed roofs and plazas.
- Bathe in Spanish wineLess traditional but just as stimulating is a soak at AIRE Ancient Baths, also in Santa Cruz.
- Here you’ll take a dip in subterranean baths infused with azahar, an essential oil created from Seville’s bitter orange blossoms – or opt for the “wine bathing” experience (€130 per person) to wallow in antioxidant pools of Ribera del Duero wine.
- While AIRE spas have gone international, it all started within the Mudéjar-style walls and shaded Andaluz courtyards of Seville, so it’s worth a mellow afternoon of your trip.
- Passing the Triana Bridge, the Plaza de Toros – the most famous bullfighting arena in the world – and skimming along to ancient military watchtower Torre del Oro and back is a divine route.
- The “wine bath” at AIRE Seville (AIRE)Where to stayDespite having snazzy facilities such as a rooftop pool and terrace, and based in a top location for food and sightseeing, Hotel Don Paco is considerably cheaper than other hotels of its level.