Seville is a city where getting lost is a real pleasure, luxury and a complete experience. Within all the beautiful places there is a unique and unmatchable corner that converts the Andalusian capital into a world reference for culture, folklore and authenticity…This is the Barrio de Santa Cruz, a place full of the Andalusian character and all the Sevillian arts.
Located a few metres from Seville’s Cathedral (from the Giralda), the Barrio de Santa Cruz hides countless secrets and architectural works that converts this visit into a must during any trip to Seville. If you have chosen one of the Petit Palace hotels in Seville make sure you include this route on your list of essentials to visit during your relaxing days in this beautiful city in the south of Spain.
Nobody can doubt the indisputable fame of this beautiful Sevillian enclave but very few know that the popularity of this neighbourhood descended when the Jews were expelled from Seville (in the year 1480). This fame would later return to the area at the beginning of the 19th century and as soon as the Seville city council approved the recuperation of the neighbourhood.
Although you can access the area by way of various narrow streets, ideally you should take Calle Mateos Gago and then follow the labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares which form the area. At this point and once you have accessed Calle Meson del Moro, everything is authentic, tradition, flamenco and with the strong perfume of orange blossom. Every street is a world and all are worth a visit, from the shops to the bars with beer, wine and tapas or also flamenco shows (with a special mention for the beautiful Casa de la Guitarra).
Or you can just turn up “without planning” which is the recommended option for those wishing to capture the local essence of this authentic Seville, with its hidden places you just cannot miss, areas such as the Calllejon del Aqua or the Calle de la Judería. For those who wish to rest under the orange trees and listen to the sounds of guitars, of lignum vitae, (the best in the world), there is nothing better
than to set off for some of the squares to be found in the neighbourhood, such as Santa Cruz, Santa Marta or the beautiful Doña Elvira square, where some of the young locals meet at sundown to play their guitars and sing songs of the most pure flamenco style.