Our first trip of 2019 started with a visit to Sevilla, Cordoba and Montilla-Moriles in January. This was the first trip where Laura and I didn’t arrive together. I flew into Sevilla on Sunday 17th and Laura would join me in Cordoba 48 hours later on the Tuesday.
So what to do? A meet up with the “Queen of Tapas” Shawn Hennessey for lunch. Bodeguita Romero was where we met, home of the famous pringá montaditos, and one of our go to places to eat. Shawn, originally from Canada, has lived more than 25 years in Sevilla and is our go-to Sevilla guide and friend. Read about our 3rd visit in May 2018 here which included a Tapas tour with her.
One of the must have dishes here is the papas aliñá or marinated house potatoes prepared daily by the owner Pedro Romero. We also enjoyed chocos fritos and caña de lomo Ibérico and a nice glass of La Guita Manzanilla in its festive livery.
After saying goodbye to Shawn it was time to explore Sevilla. It is a beautiful city worth exploring on foot.
A new discovery for me was the taperia Maestro Marcelino in Calle Hernando Colón where I enjoyed the house Oloroso from a Montilla-Moriles (bodega not divulged) and salcichon. They have a nice selection of wines to buy as well. I picked up a bottle of the Bodegas Lustau Almacenista Manzanilla Pasada de Sanlúcar from Manuel Cuevas Jurado. Definitely a place to revisit as they have the Bodegas Robles organic Pedro Ximénez in their in house casks as well.
After refreshing back at the hotel it was time to explore Sevilla by night and this only confirmed what a beautiful city it is.
Then it was time for a snack. Another must visit for us and another top recommendation from Shawn is the Cafe Bar Las Teresas where you will get the best Jamón Ibérico de Bellota along with fabulous Sherry such as the Tio Pepe en Rama.
Next stop for something a bit more substantial was to Vineria San Telmo, the last stop we had on Shawn’s Tapas tour in May 2018. I enjoyed grilled beef carpaccio rolls filled withbBrie with mango chutney with candied angel hair then grilled pluma Iberica with curry oil , pumpkin and fried rocket washed down with Tio Pepe.
Another thing I can highly recommend is to get up before sunrise and take in the sights of a city. Watching a city wake up is really interesting. I really enjoyed the dawn at the Plaza de España in particular, however this would have been so much better if Laura was able to share it with me as it is a place we love.
Another stop was the University of Sevilla. This was another place we had wandered past on previous visits so with the gates open I took the opportunity to wander in to the building.
When I finally heading back to the hotel I took the opportunity to take some photos of some of the numerous religious ceramics you find in Spain.
Sevilla Cathedral looks fabulous in the early morning too.
The Plaza de Las Cruces was another surprise discovery on the way back to the hotel.
Going out of season in January is something we can highly recommend. The daylight hours may be short but it really does seem you have the place to yourself.
Sevilla is one of our favourite cities in Spain and has so much to see and experience. It will not be too long until we return.