Wafts of citrusy orange blossoms, coolish breezes dancing on your skin and bright sunshine lighting the path to fun… spring has sprung and where better to enjoy it than surrounded by the Spanish charm of Seville? The streets are alive and the best seat in the house is on La Alameda de Hercules.
La Alameda used to be the stage for Seville’s shadiest characters, but this outdoor esplanade has long since reinvented itself as THE destination for its bohemian crowd. You don’t have to be a free spirit to enjoy the life and liveliness of La Alameda… just an appreciation for the little things: fantastic food, refreshing beverages, live music, chatty company and ambiance galore!
For the best of: start your night off with tapas at Las Columnas. This low-key spot is a central meeting point and offers some of the most affordable and yummiest tapas in town! Wash it all down with Spain’s alternative summer wine, a tinto de verano (red wine with a splash of lemon Fanta over ice). A colorful international roster is certain to entertain while breathing in the fresh night air.
Head to Bar Ego to pick up the beat a bit. An eclectic mix of DJ bar, art gallery, restaurant and clothing shop, Ego offers a hipper choice to the traditionally routine Sevillian nightlife.
To fully appreciate what La Alameda is about, finish your night joining the botellon with the locals. A typical botellon includes a big bottle of anything you want to drink! Staples include beer, or rum and vodka with all the fixin’s — mixers, cups and ice. There is a science to the botellon, but it’s like riding a bike. Learn it once and it’s engrained in your memory for life!
[Nighttime at La Alameda photos provided by Rafael Tovar]
[Alameda de Hercules photo provided by Tom Raferty]
[Cocktails on La Alameda photo provided by Guabic]