Tapas and pretty ladies in Seville
We did a lot in Seville today. Much more than eating tapas and seeing pretty ladies but those were the highlights. The tapas bar we went to was called El Rinconcillo. It was opened in the 1600s and is still very, very busy today. We snagged a table and ordered some sangria- it was the best I’ve had. According to the Spanish good sangria has brandy or some other liquor in it along with the fruit and wine. If it doesn’t, then it is tinto de verano (summer red wine).
The inside of the place was super cool. They had dozens of hams hanging from the ceiling on hooks.
We ordered our sangria with 5 different tapas: paella, manchego cheese, fish in red sauce, spinach with garbanzos and braised pig cheeks. The best one was the non-photogenic braised pig cheeks.
Sounds and looks gross but is muy bueno! My other favorites were the paella and spinach with garbanzos.
Washed down with a few glasses of strong sangria.
We walked around Seville and saw lots of sights (but more on that in a different post). All day long we would see one or two ladies dressed up in their traditional Spanish dresses. There was a fair going on on the outskirts of Seville and the closer we got, the more pretty dresses we saw.
We followed them to the fair which was a huge party for drinking, dancing, and riding horses.
This whole week is the fair which is the main event in Seville for the year. It is one of the only times of the year where bull fighting occurs. Also all the clothing and department stores are closed- not just for siesta, the don’t open at all. The Seville economy is taking a hit this week, except for wine and fancy dress sales for the fair.
The fair is made up of blocks and blocks of casitas or little huts with tables, gates, bars, dance floors, and lots of booze. Some were smaller for about 30 guests and others could hold a couple hundred. They buy these casitas for $$$$ and use them throughout the week to throw parties for friends and family. The party starts around noon and ends at 7am.
To me this all seemed like the Spanish equivalent to Oktoberfest. My guide agreed with me.
More on the sights in Seville to come. It is a very pretty city with some very good food!