Shopping and Seville are one of the same so you'll find lots to part you from your money. The main areas centre around Plaza Nueva and Calle Serpias, where classy boutiques, brand-name outlets and department stores pack the streets. For gifts and Andalucian handicrafts, hotfoot it to the narrow lanes of Barrio de Santa Cruz, which overflow with antique, trinket and souvenir shops selling mementoes like Spanish tiles, painted ceramics and art. And don't miss the city's famously retro flea markets for bargain-basement clothes and curios.
Tapas rules in Seville so get ready to take your pick from these delicious small dishes, usually eaten as pre-dinner snacks. Traditional and open-air tapas bars line every street and are great socialising spots, so join the locals as they tuck into peppery cheeses, tortillas, ham, olives and other treats. For heartier meals, there's a dizzying choice of international and local cuisine from fast-food outlets to Andalucian eateries where you can feast on favourites like flamenco eggs, fried fish and stuffed artichokes. And when it comes to drinks, make sure you enjoy the local manzanilla sherry and well-known Spanish beers like San Miguel.
From flamenco and opera to electric dancespots, Seville bubbles with every kind of nightlife. Many visitors start their evening people-watching and tapas-tasting in the bustling Santa Cruz district, before hitting a restaurant or visiting one of the many castanet-clicking shows at the city's atmospheric flamenco clubs - amazing shows that'll blow you away with their passion and grandeur. Alternatively, take in an opera or classical concert at Seville's churches or halls or paint the town red till the early hours at one of the pulsating nightclubs around Plaza Alfafa.