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Pathfinder pics: exploring the cuisine of Seville

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Lonely Planet Pathfinder Wanderlust Chloe recently returned from exploring Seville, our number one Best in Travel city. Along with incredible architecture and culture, she discovered a deliciously varied and unique cuisine that left an impression...

For me, Seville is so quintessentially Spanish – there’s just something about it! Brimming with Andalusian charm, flamenco, bright sunshine and Moorish influences, it’s vibrant and full of history. It’s also one of the prettiest cities in the country. One moment you’re walking past the epic cathedral, the next you’re getting lost in the labyrinth of skinny streets, and then there’s the intricate beauty of the Real Alcázar palace and grand Plaza de España. It’s hard to put your camera down.

This vibrancy and cultural depth is also reflected in the city's cuisine. Tapas bars, which have been passed down the generations, are treasure troves of old pictures and secret family recipes. And yet, next to these relics of old Seville sit ultra-modern restaurants pushing culinary boundaries with their twist on traditional tapas. So does the old world sit comfortably with the new? And what makes the cuisine so special?

The best views of Seville from Giralda Bell Tower

Keeping an eye on Seville is the Giralda Cathedral's bell tower. Built in the 12th century during the Moorish period, it was constructed as a minaret. When the cathedral was built, it was cleverly incorporated into the design and adapted to fit in with the traditionally Christian building. Rather than steps there are several ramps leading you to the top, and from there the views of the city are incredible!

Exploring Lonja del Barranco Market

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A modern market for food lovers, Lonja del Barranco houses more than 20 stands selling everything from artisan Spanish cheese and finest Iberico ham, to gelato and great wine. There’s a lovely terrace outside too, which is a great people watching spot.

The colourful Plaza de España

My favourite building in Seville, Plaza de España’s curved architecture, impressive fountains and canal (complete with punting) are guaranteed to take your breath away. Built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition, it is covered in intricate details and tile work, and truly contributes to Seville’s status as a city full of colour.

Tasty Salmorejo at Lonja del Barranco

Salmorejo is a typical Andalusian tomato soup, served cold and usually garnished with Spanish ham and a hard-boiled egg. It’s similar to gazpacho, and while it originated in Cordoba, you’ll find it all over Seville too. At this market they shake things up by serving colourful versions made with avocado, squid ink and beetroot.

Getting lost in Seville

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In contrast to the wide promenade by the Guadalquivir River and the expansive plazas dotted throughout the city, Seville also has a labyrinth of pretty, chequerboard–tiled streets. One of the best ways to explore? Get lost in them and see what you find!

Recreating Seville at home

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Seville’s cuisine left such an impression that I decided to recreate a sunshine corner of the city at home using my copy of Lonely Planet's From the Source – Spain. I was lucky enough to visit Casa Ricardo restaurant on my travels and help the chef create garbanzos con espinacas (chickpeas with spinach), and I’m happy to say my version tasted ALMOST as delicious!

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