Andalucia is justifiably famous for its excellent gastronomic scene. Using first-class ingredients grown throughout the region and caught along its extensive coastline, such as jamon iberico, tomatoes and prawns, cutting-edge dishes are prepared and presented with typically Spanish flair and innovation. Seville is home of the tapas, where this world-renowned sociable small dish for sharing was invented.
Tapas Tour in Seville
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|Service with a smile at a Seville tapas bar.|
Why go on a tapas tour?
If you'd prefer to let friendly local city experts take the lead, and accompany you to Seville's best spots, suggesting the most unmissable tapas and must-try wines - so you can sit back and enjoy the Andalucian tapeo, without worrying about following maps, navigating the old city's windy streets to out-of-the-way restaurants and getting lost in the process - then a tapas tour is for you. These people know the places, the owners and the food. They know exactly what to order. All you have to do is eat, drink and enjoy!
|Argentinian beef with sweet mustard sauce at San Telmo.|
How does a tapas tour work?
Normally your tapas host (always an English speaker) will collect you from your hotel or apartment, or if you're staying outside the city centre, you will meet at a central, easy-to-find location. He or she will take you to two or three bars, always located near each other, perhaps visiting some food shops to get a close-up view of Seville's culinary scene. Tours are available either in the morning, at lunchtime or in the evening.
Your tapas expert will order a selection of small dishes at each stop, explaining each tapa and its history and cultural importance, as well as suggesting wines to match - a dry sherry to start, and perhaps cola de rabo (bull's tail). You may also meet chefs and restaurant owners, and get to see them preparing the day's dishes or produce. The bill for each bar will be included in the price of the tour, so you don't have to worry about paying.
|Rocket salad with brie and honey at San Telmo.|
How long does a tapas tour last? Where do we go?
The tour will typically last between two and four hours, with small groups of up to 10 people. Some tours also include visits to some of Seville's markets, such as Arenal, Triana or Encarnacion; you can enjoy tastings in both, such as Payoyo cheese from the hills of Cadiz or hand-carved jamon iberico. Some companies offer specific market tours, as well as tours themed around tapas and craft beer, or tapas and flamenco. Most would include at least one bar in Barrio Santa Cruz, the picturesque old Jewish quarter.
|Marinated tuna on a bed of seaweed served with wasabi at San Telmo.|
This is a most enjoyable way to spend an evening in beautiful, historic Seville, with a chatty host who will offer an invaluable insider's insight into the city, its history and what's hot on today's menu, from small family-run places to hip gastro-bars. Many tours offer a list of recommended restaurants to take away with you, and sometimes a glossy of Spanish food terms too.
|Tapas restaurant in Seville.|