Beyond Barcelona: 16 Spanish destinations you must visit

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1. SEVILLE

SevilleSeville is a typical Andalusian city, complete with boisterous tapas bars, fusty flamenco tablaos, orange tree–lined streets, and Moorish architecture. By day, explore sites along the Guadalquivir River esplanade, like the whitewashed bullring and 13th-century Torre del Oro—or better yet, hop on on a leisurely yet informative riverboat tour. With a basic understanding of the city’s rich past— as a Roman metropolis, Islamic stronghold, and booming industrial center—you’ll be equipped to better understand the history of other key sites such as the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world; the 30-story Giralda, a Moorish minaret that towers above the Old Town; and the Alcázar palace complex, notable for its labyrinthine gardens and elaborate Mudéjar architecture.

Insider Tip: To revel in Andalusian folk music like a sevillano, skip the overhyped, over-touristed flamenco venues and head to Bar Anselma in the Triana district, where local legend Anselma leads raucous song-and-dance sessions late into the night.

Where to Eat: Seville is one of Spain’s greatest tapas cities. Mandatory stops include Bodeguita Romero for pringá, a warm bun stuffed with assorted pork delights; Taberna Coloniales for manjar blanco, chicken smothered in garlic-almond sauce; and Casa Paco for swordfish braised in vino de naranja, an Andalusian white wine with orange peels. To sate your brain as well as your belly, reserve a spot on one of Devour Seville’s English-speaking food tours and taste your way through Seville’s gastronomic past and present.

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