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Monday, 27 March 2017

A guide to Seville

How can I get to Seville?
You can fly directly into Seville airport although it can be difficult to find departing airports that fly this route. Alternatively you can fly into Malaga airport then catch the train from Estacion de Malaga Maria Zambrano to Seville, Santa Justa station. The train journey takes around 2 and a half hours which goes through scenic Spanish countryside, before reaching Seville it stops in Cordoba so if you wish you could spend the day here before travelling to Seville.

Where should I stay in Seville?
We stayed in a fantastic city centre penthouse apartment which was a great sunspot.
The apartment had all the essentials plus little luxuries like a wide screen TV and an espresso coffee machine. The apartment is owned by a company called 'AT Sevilla Centro' who own several apartments around Seville. The apartment we stayed in was called the 'Deluxe Two Bedroom attic with Terrace- Plaza Magdalena, 3' which was located at the top of a residential building. On arrival a rep from AT Sevilla Centro greeted us with the keys and showed us around, he also gave us some great tips on things to do during our stay in Seville.

The apartment sleeps 4 and worked out at £114 per night.

You can get in touch and book via their website, http://apartamentosevillacentro.com

Where is good to eat in Seville?
There are lots of options in Seville, you can traditional Spanish restaurants, tapas bars (on almost every street), Italian restaurants and indian curry houses too. 
Top Recommendations for traditional Spanish food and tapas are:

Antigua AbacerĂ­a de San Lorenzo 
Charming, tasty tapas and good value for money
Tapas here start at €2.00 they have fresh meats, cheeses and much more. Read the full menu for Antigua AbacerĂ­a de San Lorenzo Seville here: http://antiguaabaceriadesanlorenzo.com/carta/ 

El Rinconcillo 
A must visit when in Seville.
This restaurant was founded in 1670 but still manages to bring in the crowds every day which says a lot. This restaurant is popular with Families, groups and couples too. You can sit indoors or outside on the square. 
It is the perfect place to try real traditional Spanish cuisine, they have a fantastic selection of main dishes and tapas.
Read the full menu for El Rinconcillo Seville and book online here: http://www.elrinconcillo.es/carta-menus/
Picture @TA
Looking for something a little different? For a unique dining experience try La Terrazzo Restaurante Panoramico de EME. They offer  fantastic taster menus which give you the opportunity to taste a variety of gastronomic delights!
Read the La Terrazzo Restaurant Seville menu and book your visit here: http://restaurantepanoramicolaterraza.com/en/vanguardian-tasting-menu/ 

What are the best things to do and see in Seville?
Taking time to wander around the old cobble streets is a must. You will come across little wonders that maps just don't mark out. The must-see places include:
  • Plaza de Espana, Seville (A huge park located outside of the city centre, which includes a boating lake, cafes,beautiful buildings and gardens).
  • Seville's Gothic cathedral (located in the city centre, you can go on a full tour of the inside. It can get very busy so it is best to go early in the morning) 
  • Gerald Bell Tower (located in the city centre)
Andalusian cooking class Seville

If you want to learn to cook some of the local classics there is no better place than 'Taller andaluz de cocina' - cooking school. The class is located in the Triana food market (just over the Triana bridge).

I would recommend arriving early to explore the fresh food stalls and bars in the Triana market for some tapas, pinchos and live music. The stall at the Triana food market offer great local produce for a fraction of the price you would pay in the UK or US such as serrano ham and sherry vinegar.

'Taller andaluz de cocina' offer several different types of classes and tours to suit everyones tastes and timescales. View all of the classes on offer and price here

We took part in in the Spanish Evening cooking class. The class itself takes around 3.5 hours and is very relaxed, Victor is a skilled chef who leads the class. He takes great attention to detail and explains each ingredient and recipe plus gives fantastic tips.

The class teaches you how to make a 4 course menu, on our visit we made:
  • Salmojero (A cold tomato & garlic based soup)
  • Spinach with chickpeas (A delicious side or main meal made from spinach, garlic & cumin)
  • Cod Fritters (Tasty light dish made from fresh fish served with beautiful sauce on the side)
  • Spanish omelette (As simple as it sounds learning the proper recipe for this was invaluable, it tastes restaurant quality).
You get to learn how to create the recipes step by step then sit down to eat your culinary creations with a cold beer or glass of wine.
The class cost €50 per person and was definitely value for money. Book online here or contact Victor to book directly via email info@tallerandaluzdecocina.com .


Seville has a great mix of high street stores such as Zara and H&M alongside Spanish boutiques. There are a lot of homeware stores so if you are looking for unique finds for your home this is the perfect place.

The markets such as the Triana Market are a fantastic place to pick up dried fruits, cured meats, sauces and oils to take home with you.

Whilst in Seville you will come across some beautiful churches but during La Semana Santa, Holy week you will get to see the huge procession that takes place and goes around the whole city. It starts in the morning and goes on right into the early hours. There are floats, musicians and prayers said and residents come out to the streets to pay their respects along the way.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A guide to Positano

How can I get to Positano?

The best way to get to Positano is by flying to Naples airport and travelling by taxi or bus to Positano.

To travel to Positano from Naples airport by bus:

  • A bus leaves on the hour every hour and takes 1h15minutes
  • It stops in Sorrento train stations where you have to the "Sita" bus to Positano, again there is one every hour and this bus takes 50 minutes.
  • The bus is cheaper but have to change 2 times and it takes much longer

To travel to Positano from Naples airport by Taxi:
Its costs around €100, here are some local taxi services.

  • Mr Ottavio: info@positanotaxiservice.com
  • Vincenzo: info@divinacarservice.com
  • Francesco: info@positanodrivers.com

Where should I stay in Positano?

Residence Villa Degli dei is a traditional Italian house situated high above Positano in the hills of 'Nocelle'. The house overlooks the town of Positano below, it offers charming suites with spectacular ocean views that you cannot find in the main town of Positano. It worked out at £78 per night which is one of the cheapest accommodations in the area.

It is a long walk up to the villa from the town (Around 6km) however there is a bus that goes up to Nocelle every hour and vice versa for just a couple of Euros per person.

You can walk to Positano from Nocelle but after walking down myself I would recommend the bus, the walk winds around the mountain sides so although it doesn't look like a long descent it is very decieving! There are also taxis available.

Where is good to eat in Positano?
The main town of Positano is filled with cafes, patisseries and restaurants.
The best restaurants are situated at the sides on the town on the hills, the restaurants down on the main beach can be overpriced and lack the same traditional fare and atmosphere that you can find off the main drag.

For true authentic Italian dining head up the hill to Nocelle where you will find a few gems such as 'La Terra, Montepertuso' . But you cannot visit the area without spending an evening dining at II Risotto deli Dei in Nocelle. It is set in a cave which overlooks the sea and the town of Positano. The food is homemade and fresh so the menu can vary from day to day. It is a hidden secret and you will not regret making the trip!
They serve fresh meats dishes, pasta and pizzas, it is also extremely cheap.
Read more reviews of this amazing little restaurant on Trip Advisor http://bit.ly/2nk9olh 

See video below for what the atmosphere is like : )

There are lots of boutiques in Positano from designer labels to local designers, you can find beautiful linen clothing, paintings and pottery. Most shops offer free postage so if you find a large item like a painting that you would like to purchase they can take care of the shipping for you.

The Beach
To access the beach walk through the main town and past the restaurants, you can hire beds next to the sea or you can pay extra to hire a lounger just above the beach which has it's own private bar and toilet facilities. (It is around €10 per person for a day).

You can see the island of Capri from the beach on Positano, you can jump on a boat from the beach to visit for the evening or go on a day trip, book a tour to Capri here http://www.capri.com/en/e/the-island-in-a-day

For more travel tips on Positano visit http://www.positano.com

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