Fun Things to do in Seville
Hello again readers!
Today´s blog post is about things to do in Seville besides teaching and visiting the many lovely monuments. Chances are, if you´ve been living and teaching in Seville for a while now, that you might be running out of ideas for ways to occupy your weekends or your evenings. Maybe you are even searching for something original to do with that special someone on ´date night´ that goes beyond dinner and a movie.
Well you´re in luck because we´re here to help!
Aside from the famous cathedral, Plaza de España, the bullring and the Alcazar palace and gardens, you have probably even visited the Metropol Parasol (colloquially known as las Setas, or the Mushrooms) on plaza de la Encarnación. If you haven´t seen that one yet though, it should be your first stop. A 3 euro entry fee will get you panoramic views of the city and a free drink up there. If you are on the census for your neighbourhood, you can even get in for free by bringing your certificate of ´empadronamiento´.
If you are not saturated with flamenco and want to see a free and authentic show, head down to La Carboneria on Céspedes street in Santa Cruz. They have hourly flamenco shows in an old coal store and serve drinks and basic food. There is also a garden space for you to escape when the hall gets too hot and crowded.
There is also a lesser known monument just north of the ring-road called Torre de los Perdigones which houses a camera obscura at its apex. You can see panoramic views from their viewing platform and then marvel at the incredible invention which projects a live reflection of the surroundings onto a convex screen inside.
If you haven´t visited the Monastery of La Cartuja, it´s worth the detour. We recommend you go on a Saturday to allow time to meander through its gardens, have a bite at their open air café and check out the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo inside the old chapel and monastery buildings where you will see seasonal exhibitions of contemporary art. Entry is free Saturdays and Tuesday to Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Otherwise a ticket will set you back a measly 1.80 euro. Visit their page for info on opening times and current exhibitions http://www.caac.es/inf/frame.htm
If contemporary art is your thing, go check out the program for the university-run cultural events center Cicus : http://cicus.us.es/ They have evening movie screenings, photography exhibitions, graphic design and painting exhibitions, a book-café, presentations and cultural talks and more.
You may have taken a river cruise down the Guadalquivir already but did you know that you can do it in a pedalo? It should cost 10 euros per hour. Look for the floating café/kiosk on the bullring side of the riverbank called Pedalquivir.
And that´s just the start! There are many more which we will cover in future posts.
In the meantime, for more info and for seasonal events, there are a variety of publications you can pick up for free in bars and cafes with fun events updated monthly:
Yuzin, website http://www.yuzin.com/
El Giraldillo, website http://www.elegirhoy.com/
You could even download one of the Apps that keeps you up to date with local events and special deals for fun things to do: