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Seville, Granada, Cordoba tips: Restaurants, sites, tours, shops, flamenco, etc!

Now that we have our itinerary down, it's time to dig into the details. I'm looking for wonderful tips from folks who have been to Seville, Granada and Cordoba. We need to book some things in advance, since we will be there during the busy April travel season.

I would love to find the best flamenco show in each town. And... anything else folks recommend. As for restaurants, the more local the better...whether tapas or fine dining.

Also, we will be with our teen daughter so any sites or activities in the cites that would be particularly appealing to a teen would be great to know about.

A few things of particular interest: Any day trips you've done in or around these cities? We want to do a bike ride/tour in Seville. Any recs? And--if there are any specific tour guides you loved in these cities, that would be great to know as well. (We already have Alhambra tickets. And, naturally, plan to go to Mezquita.)

Even if there are particular streets or pockets of the cities you suggest we explore, pls let me know.
I'm eager for anything at all, you'd care to share.

MUCH appreciate!

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I enjoyed our first (2017) trip to Seville so much, I've started planning another trip.

We stayed at the Hotel Becquer, which was an easy walk across the bridge to the Triana district - great for wandering and tapas.

We used Naturanda for a day trip to Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz - this was a highlight for us - especially Cadiz. The company offers a number of other day trips and tours.

https://naturanda.com/en/cadiz-and-jerez-day-trip-from-seville/

This was our favorite restaurant in Seville - delicious and shockingly inexpensive for the quality. Even though the name is "Bar El Baratillo", there were many families there during our visit - including an adventurous crawler.

http://www.barelbaratillo.com/

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I enjoyed a day-trip to Carmona from Seville, but I'd only do that if you have a lot of time in Seville. That's a large city with a lot of sights.

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Hopefully you don’t want to see a flamenco show in each town. To me, a little bit goes a long way. I used to watch flamenco at the local Féria’s and never went to a show. For restaurants frequented by locals, get away from the tourist area. Not that the food isn’t good in tourist area restaurants, they’re just not frequented by locals. In general, the historic center of Cordoba is where you’ll probably spend most of your time. That’s where the Mezquita and Alcazar are. In Sevilla, it will be from the Plaza de Espana/Maria Luisa park, over to the cathedral/Giralda tower/Alcazar, over to the Torre de Oro and Guadalquivir river. If you have the time, you can venture over to the Triana neighborhood and the Isla de Cartuja. In Granada the cathedral area and also the albyzin, and the mirador de San Nicolas.

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i just posted a trip report on our week in Seville, over in the trip reports section. In addition, here are more suggestions:

Casa Morales is a fantastic tapas place. we went there on our tapas tour https://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/ which i highly recommend doing early in your trip. We went to three places and this was my favorite. we went there a 2nd time without her and it was just as good.

We had a fabulous lunch in Cordoba at Regadera https://regadera.es/en/ also on Shawn's recommendation. It was the most expensive place we went, but so fabulous. We booked a Cordoba a Pie tour of the mezquita- the guide, stefani was great, but the walking tour afterward with a different guide was not as interesting. Cordoba is pretty small so there was a lot standing while he talked - my son got bored and we left early.

we had an excellent 90-minute tour of the Alcazar in Seville with GetYourGuide. I could have even booked a longer tour as there was so much to see!

I would recommend going to Italica if you are at all interested in Roman Ruins. Check before you go to make sure it's open - we were shut out by a race taking place.

Good Luck!

We visited Andalusia a few weeks ago. Of all that I had the opportunity to visit, I would like to mention Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz and Granada.

To visit some monuments such as the Alhambra in Granada, I recommend booking well in advance. We had a lot of trouble getting the tickets. Finally we contacted a local agency where we booked a tour to Granada from Seville that included the guided tour of the Alhambra. With them we made more excursions, I leave you the link below.

https://exprilo.com

The food has generally been wonderful throughout our stay. And the people we met during their trip were lovely.