Seville, Spain Local Life in La Macarena City walk by Tara Anbudaiyan

This itinerary from Compass & Key captures the essence of Sevillian daily life in the residential district of La Macarena. 5-6 hours

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Standing in stark contrast to the historical structures surrounding you, Metropol Parasol is an unexpectedly modern urban space, acting as a gateway to the Macarena barrio. You'll quickly see why the structures are commonly referred to as 'Las Setas', or mushrooms. Gaze over the city from the observation deck and then peruse the astounding ancient roman remains in the Antiquarium below. Compass & Key recommends starting this itinerary when the observation deck and Antiquarium open.

Metropol Parasol

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Convento de Santa Paula

 
Walk about ten minutes to reach the Santa Paula Convent, one of the few active religious complexes open to the public in Seville. Start at the door marked #11 to access the small Convent Museum. Near the exit, make sure to purchase one of the delicious jams made by the 40 nuns that reside here. Visit the convent church and its peaceful garden by finding the brick doorway nearby and ringing the bell. The church features an ornate entryway and wooden roof dating to 1623. Open 10:30a-12:30p Tue-Sat.

Convento de Santa Paula

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Mercado de la Feria

 
Another ten-minute walk takes you to Mercado de Feria, considered the oldest market in Seville. It offers the usual produce, meat, and fish stalls, plus a variety of restaurants in and around the market. This is the perfect spot for a tapas break. Whet your appetite with the tapas available on the market website. Open 1-11:30p Tue-Sat, 1-6p Sun. Closed Mondays.

Mercado de la Feria

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Centro del Mudéjar

 
Just next door to the market, enter the Palacio de Los Marqueses de la Algaba, a 15th century Renaissance palace, which is worth a visit in of itself. But housed within is the Centro del Mudéjar, an archaeological museum showcasing the exquisite artwork of Mudéjar craftsman from the 13th-16th centuries. Open 10a-2p & 5-8p Mon-Fri, 10a-2p Sat. Closed Sundays.

Centro del Mudéjar

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La Murallas de la Macarena

 
From the Palace, walk up Calle San Luis, the center of La Macarena with plenty of shops to peruse. In under ten minutes you will reach La Murallas de la Macarena, one of the few surviving sections of the defensive wall that encircled the city since Roman times. Don't miss the two gates, Puertas de la Macarena and Cordoba, which are only among four gates that remain of the original 18. These were constructed in the 12th century. The wall was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history.

La Murallas de la Macarena

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