Spain Guide



Seville Nightlife

When the sun down goes down in Seville, the city demonstrates its Andalucian passion for partying. This is the capital of a region which gave birth to tapas, flamenco and bullfighting.and the city does all three in great style. Seville has one of the finest bullrings in Spain, one of the world's premier operatic venues and some of the country's best flamenco artists.

The city's student population and Bohemian types ensure that Seville's vibrant nightlife goes beyond traditional and cultural activities. If the ballet, theatre or opera aren't your scene there are night clubs which stay open until 8am, a flourishing gay scene and trendy late night bars where the beautiful people congregate till the small hours.

If you're visiting in April, be prepared to party round the clock for six days when the city hosts its famous Feria de Abril spring fair. Hundreds of multi coloured tents are erected to house revellers who flock here from all over Spain and further afield to enjoy one of the country's biggest fiestas.

An event which started more than 150 years ago as a humble livestock market is now a world famous celebration of all things Andalucian. Flamenco shows, bull fights and equestrian displays are held throughout the week amid much general merrymaking in the streets.

You'll be able to see traditional flamenco performed at any time of the year at one of several city venues which have regular performances of this most famous of Spanish art forms. When performed by experts, true flamenco is an unforgettable experience with its soulful singing and sensual dance movements. Only the hardest of hearts could fail to be stirred by the strains of a flamenco guitar in the hands of a true master.

Back street bars are often the places to go for the best flamenco performed by genuine Andalucian gypsies. It was the gypsies who invented both the music and the dance as an outlet for their suffering when they were enslaved by the Moorish invaders more than 1,000 years ago.

Try one of the bars in the Triana district unless you prefer the more tourist orientated venues such as El Patio de Sevillano in Paseo de Cristobel or La Macarena in El Palacio Andaluz where you can enjoy a traditional Andalucian meal while you watch the show. Los Gallos in Plaza de Santa Cruz is another good flamenco club with shows every night at 9pm and 11.30pm.

Seville's opera house, the Teatro de la Maestranza, attracts big name stars for performances often inspired by the city itself Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Rossini's Barber of Seville. Jazz, classical music and other concerts are also staged here.

One of the oldest and most famous bars in Seville is El Rinconcillo, at the northern edge of the Barrio Santa Cruz, which has a history dating back to 1670. Pop in for a drink, some tapas or a full meal (there's a good selection hams and cheeses to choose from). For seafood tapas, try La Alicantina which is always packed with devotees of such tasty morsels as clams, steamed mussels, fried squid and grilled shrimp. You'll find it about five blocks north of the cathedral.

Probably the swishest late night drinking haunt in town is Abades, a luxurious converted mansion in Barrio Santa Cruz. An infamous lovers' trysting place in the repressive days of Franco's regime, this is the place to see and be seen but take a cab because this district can be rough at night.

For a wilder night out, head for Sevilla Mma an "anything goes" club in Plaza de Padre Jeronimo de Cordoba where you can dance till 8am with hardened clubbers.

Disco Antiguedades in Calle Argote de Monlina near the cathedral is the most popular dance spot in town with chart hits interspersed with Latin American music.