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Tapas are one of the most famous gastronomic traits of Spain. Throw your self into the scrumptious Spanish tapas world!

Spanish Tapas are traditionally small quantities of food, which in Andalucía typically function an accompaniment to wines and / or beer. In a number of them, you will enjoy rations of meals so large which you won’t want to ask for the first or 2d plate. A complete stomach is guaranteed!

Where do the Spanish tapas come from?

There are diverse legends regarding the beginning of Spanish tapas, one of which comes from Andalucía itself. Let’s find out the most famous ones!

One legend says that King Alfonso XIIIin the course of an official visit to the province of Cadiz, stopped in Ventorrillo El Chato (a tavern between Cadiz and San Fernando, which nonetheless welcomes travelers nowadays). There, he asked for a glass of wine, and the owner placed a slice of ham on top of it.

One of the legends says that King Alfonso XIII, during an official visit to the province of Cádiz (SW Spain), stopped at Ventorrillo El Chato (a traditional tavern between Cádiz and San Fernando, which still exists). There, he ordered a glass of wine and, apparently, the owner placed a slice of ham on top.
The owner justified this action saying that the ham became a “tapa” (lid) to prevent the sand coming from the excessive wind of the place, spoiling the wine. Of course the king loved the idea, ate the ham and drank the wine, and asked to be served the same way again.

Another legend refers to King Alfonso X the Wise, who needed to drink two glasses of wine due to illness. To avoid being under the influence of alcohol (drunk), he used to eat small portions of food to accompany the wine. He then determined that meals should be served with each glass of wine at each inn, as he has selfishly stated: “If I don’t get under the influence of alcohol, no person will be influenced by alcohol either.

The following legend has royalty as its protagonist. The Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs) are said to have forced all taverns to serve what we now call cold tapas along with the wine or beers their customers ordered. They did it by law in order to reduce road accidents. By eating tapas, alcohol would not affect them as much and they could guide their carts more lucidly.

Finally, a third legend – far from royalty – states that the excessive work of farmers and peasants required eating with portions of food, usually accompanied by a little wine, to maintain their strengths before lunch or dinner.

Since then, small and increasingly sustained portions of food have been accompanying hundreds and many glasses of wine and beer, allowing people not to get drunk.

A tradition that continues today

As you will see during your stay in Seville, tapas are an essential element that we can find in any bar. And it is that the “bar culture” almost goes hand in hand with this culinary creation. Drinking and accompanying is the preferred time to relax with the people you care about or love.

In Andalucía there is a tradition of making the route of the tapa (“Ruta de la tapa”). On weekends, people walk through a series of bars testing and savoring the best tapas in each place.

Go with someone who knows the city, or you can trust the itinerary created by the Hotel Doña Lina. In this way, you will leave the night with a full stomach and a cheerful spirit, since it is an “obligatory” element that has to do with as many friends as possible, between a glass of wine and / or beer.

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Little guide of Seville

Puente de Triana

Undoubtedly, much of the magic that Seville gives off resides, in the harsh veneration of its traditions in harmony with a latent avant-garde vocation.

Its history, its old town which is one of the most extensive in Europe, its rich gastronomy Its varied hotel and commercial offer and the beauty of its river are a sum of reasons that make a Seville simply stunning city.

What better way to get into the streets of Seville than to take a tour of the history of some of its most central squares. In the first one, a unique charm awaits us, the smallest in the city, Santa Marta.

Plaza de Santa Marta. Photo. José Manuel Azcona

Among other curiosities, here what we can see we have the highest orange trees in the city. Here the sun does not come easily, so they have had to grow so much, so that the light reaches the top.

Our steps through its streets will lead us to another, especially monumental Plaza del Triunfo, one of the most preferred by tourists visiting Seville and probably one of the most photographed in the entire city.

Plaza del Triunfo. Photo: Diario de Sevilla

Here we are surrounded by the three World Heritage monuments that have been in the city since 1987 and which represent the three powers of the city. On the one hand, we have the Real Alcázar that represents political power. The famous Cathedral, which represents the religious power and to its left. And on your right is the Archive of the Indies that represents economic power.

Archivo de Indias. Photo: EcuRed

In Seville tapas is an art and if we add antiquity to this tradition … it still earns more; like the one in the Europa tapas bar, opened in 1925 with a kitchen, open all day. In his letter could not miss a wide variety of tapas, some awarded several times.

Many restaurants are located in another square with a longer tradition in Seville, that of Jesús de la Pasión, better known as Plaza del Pan since in the 17th century, they were located around it various stalls selling bread than is occupy by different types of commerce.

Plaza del Pan. Photo: Conocer Sevilla

A few meters away we come to another central street in Seville, Calle Cuna, where we find “Libélula Shop”, an innovative multi-space where every corner inspires. It is a palatial house, from the beginning of the 20th century in which decoration, fashion, art accessories and organization of events combine a different experience in which new entrepreneurs coexist together with established firms.

Libélula Shop. Calle Méndez Núñez, 12

The new spaces with a different cuisine concept have also been integrated into the city by the hand of young and creative professionals. If we enter “La Pepona” one of these places-located right next to another of the Plaza de San Andrés you can enjoy seasonal cuisine based on traditional Andalusian dishes; but, in their own way. They take care of both the elaboration and the presentation of their proposals, paired with wine from our land.

La Pepona restaurant. Photo: La Pepona

Seville requires walking slowly so as not to miss the architectural and picturesque details that adorn it. It is a city to contemplate with pause because this is how the “solera” (history, tradition and experience) de plazas are perceived, like that of El Salvador, where the beautiful church that gives it its name stands. It is the largest temple in the city, after the cathedral. A very popular environment and ideal to stop along the way or even buy a typical souvenir.

The city invites you to leave the street, and imagination is a virtue that civilians show off and put, for example, at the service of restoration, it bears fruit such as that of Food Track in Seville; a company that from its truck offers the public exquisite signature cuisine taken directly to the street. Be careful, because to find out where you are, every day you have to look for it on social networks.

The Torre del Oro, silent witness to the historical evolution of Seville, and whose construction dates back to the 13th century, is part of the Almohad defensive system.

Torre del Oro. Photo: Sevilla Secreta

Next to it, the Teatro de la Maestranza and the bullring (plaza de toros).

Maestranza bullring.

Crossing the Guadalquivir river through the Isabel II bridge, better known popularly, as the Triana Bridge. It is another asset of cultural interest and is listed as a national historical monument. It is a good example of Seville’s iron architecture.

Puente de Triana
Puente de Triana. Photo. Félix González

From the waters of the Guadalquivir to the roofs of Seville there are so many perspectives, from which you can contemplate the beauty of this monumental city.

Precisely the terraces have been gaining prominence in the route of the travelers and have become a mandatory stop to enjoy the spectacle of architecture and light that the city offers.

Seville has a wide and varied hotel offer from new concepts of economic accommodation aimed at a younger audience to buildings of great tradition where exquisite taste is their hallmark.  As the historic Hotel Doña Lina in which is placed in the city center. It is a beautiful and traditional building, in the historical and ancient Jewish neighbourhood.

View of La Giralda from the solarium of the Hotel Doña Lina

In summarize, Seville is a beautiful and unique city; indefinable in a single sentence, which knows how to seduce and make the traveler fall in love.

And if you want to know the best possible way, contact us.

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Many things to do in Seville

Many things to do in Seville

It would be impossible to plan a trip to the south of Spain without visiting Seville, you would feel that you have been half done.

It is not only due because it is the capital of Andalusia (the southernmost region of Spain). Seville is one of the most important and beautiful Spanish cities to visit to truly understand the country’s history and tradition.

Furthermore, Seville is the perfect place to find examples of the fusion of Arab and Spanish culture. The orange trees decorate and perfume the streets, flamenco is its soundtrack and smiles accompany its people.

Its roots come and survive from the Muslims who arrived in the 8th century and who lived in this region for almost eight centuries. The capital of Andalusia is an excellent starting point to start your journey through Spain, with its gastronomy of tapas, paella, gazpacho and sangria on every corner.

And if this really sounds like the kind of holiday of your dreams, read on for the many things to do in Seville.

Visit the Real Alcázar

The Alcázar of Seville is well known to all, as it was one of the filming locations for the Game of Thrones series. For this and other reasons this palace is still worth an in-depth visit. Initially built for King Pedro de Castilla, the Alcázar was built on the site of what had previously been a Muslim fortress. And although the Christians built the palace, you can see the prominent Muslim influence. In fact, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Mudejar architecture.

Real Alcázar se Sevilla. Source:

If you are ready to plan your visit, you can buy tickets to the Alcázar by clicking here. The Hotel Doña Lina can buy your tickets by request of its users.

On the other hand, if you want to buy it yourself, we recommend arriving at the entrance (La Puerta del León) in the morning when the palace opens to secure your ticket. You can also join a last-minute guided tour of the Alcazar.

Certified guides offering tours in multiple languages ​​are located outside the entrance and will give you the option to join your tour for a fee. After finishing your tour, the location of the Alcázar within the Barrio Santa Cruz (where the Hotel Doña Lina is located) makes it very convenient to visit the Cathedral of Seville or La Giralda afterwards.

A walk through the Plaza de España

Located within the María Luisa Park, the Plaza de España is a reference point for impressive architecture, designed by the great Sevillian architect Aníbal González as an emblematic space of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. This square is decorated with vibrant tiles. For example, you can find 48 pavilions that illustrate the different provinces of Spain along with their maps.

While you are there, take time to stroll the square’s bridges and stroll through the magnificent park, or rent one of the rowboats to enjoy a different perspective of the square.

The Plaza de España was also a sceneries for movies like Lawrece of Arabia or Star Wars (Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)).

Plaza de España (Seville). Source: Wikipedia

The Maria Luisa Park

The park is named after the Infanta of Spain, María Luisa de Bourbon, sister of the Queen Isabel II and Duchess of Montpensier. María Luisa was in love with the city of Seville, fixing her residence there in the famous San Telmo palace. The María Luisa park was the Palace gardens that were donated to the city in 1893.

As you will experience, the irregular layout of its streets is inspired by the romantic concept of love, wild and full of passion.

Parque de maría Luisa.

Seville Cathedral

If you need to convince even more of the ornamentation of Seville architecture, be sure to stop by the Seville Cathedral. Interestingly, the cathedral is actually located within the Barrio Santa Cruz, which was the Jewish quarter during medieval times. The construction of this beautiful church took over a century, and it is easy to see why. Seville Cathedral is the third largest church in the world and the first Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Since the cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions (in Seville, it is probably a good idea to buy tickets for the earliest time available.

Catedral de Sevilla. Source:

The Giralda

La Giralda is a magnificent monument of universal fame and a pride for the people of Seville, who are many poets who dedicate phrases and praises to it.

According to historians, La Giralda was an astronomical observatory and the minaret of a medieval Muslims mosque that currently occupies the cathedral in the 12th century. At the arrival of the Christians, La Giralda was modified (XIII – XIV century). The visit is highly recommended.

La Giralda. Source:

We hope we have whetted your appetite to get to know our city. And what better way to do it than by staying in a building located in an area with as much cultural value as the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

And it is that the Hotel Doña Lina offers you the opportunity to stay in a charming hotel in the heart of Seville.

You just have to contact us by clicking here.

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Seville, the best city to travel

Seville, the best city to travel

Seville has historically been one of the great tourist destinations around the world, as confirmed by the prestigious publisher specialized in tourism. Lonely planet, leading the ranking of traveler preferences in 2018.

Seville has historically been one of the cities preferred by tourists from all over the world, because it has innumerable historical and artistic resources (El Alcázar, La Catedral, María Luisa Park, and so on.)

Seville is the result of the fusion between tradition and innovation that can be seen in its streets, in its people and – of course – in its gastronomy.

Walking in the streets of Seville

Precisely the Hotel Doña Lina is located in two of the most hihglighted landscapes of the city of Seville, such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz (in the center of the city). This old Jewish quarter is a wonderful space of narrow “alleys” and beautiful squares flanked by stately homes.

Every spring, the orange blossom conquers the streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz perfuming it with a magnificent scent.

Seville, the best city to travel
Image of Calle Gloria (Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville) where the Hotel Doña Lina is located

Walking through its narrow streets, we can reach El Alcázar in only a few minutes, an impressive palatial complex of Islamic art that reminds us of the medieval history of the city of Seville. (El Alcázar).

Also a few steps away we will find the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic (late Gothic) cathedral in Europe with a multitude of plastic arts (paintings, sculptures, goldsmiths, etc .; Seville Cathedral). In it you will find the old minaret of the Muslim mosque that was located there before the arrival of the Christians in 1248, La Giralda.

View of the Cathedral of Seville from the Avenida de la Constitución

Almost immediately, you will be able to see the majestic Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies). Seville since the conquest of America (16th century) has become one of the most important cities in Europe. The Spanish government of King Carlos III needed a space to collect each document and each commercial movement and each one related to new colonies (America and the Philippines); The General Archive of the Indies was created in the 18th century (1785).

View of Archivo General de Indias

The Avenida de la Constitución (Constitution Avenue), delimiting both the Seville Cathedral and the Archivo general de Indias, will drive you directly to the Seville City Hall. Its architecture will leave you perplexed, as it is in the Plateresque style (16th century). Its name is due to the silversmiths (jewelers) of the time, who recharged the works with numerous decorations (shields, pinnacles, figures, etc.).

Seville city Hall

We hope we have whetted your appetite to get to know our city. And what better way to do it than by staying in a building located in an area with as much cultural value as the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

And it is that the Hotel Doña Lina offers you the opportunity to stay in a charming hotel in the heart of Seville.

You just have to contact us by clicking here.