It’s often said that most Spaniards don’t live to work; they work to live.
And for most, a good life usually means delicious food, great company, and plenty of free time to enjoy both. This year, Andalusia and every other region in Spain will be observing a total of 12 festivos, or holidays—more than most other European countries. That’s 12 ideal opportunities to celebrate life, share a meal with family, or have a few drinks with friends.
But while some holidays are best enjoyed out on the street eating tapas, other special occasions tend to be spent at home with loved ones, leaving most bars and restaurants closed, and the city looking more like a ghost town than its usual bustling self.
So if you’re visiting Seville during a holiday—whether it’s Reyes (Three Kings Day) or Good Friday, Corpus Christi or Christmas Day—say goodbye to your FOMO, and get your share of the good life by trying out these amazing places!
1. Arte y Sabor
With its pleasant, sun-soaked terrace on the trendy Alameda de Hércules, Arte y Sabor has become a go-to for affordable, inspired tapas with a Mediterranean twist. The pork cheek in vodka sauce and the sirloin paupiettes are to die for, but Arte y Sabor is also a great place for hearty salads, vegetarian tapas and vegan options.
Best of all, the kitchen is open all day, and if by any chance, the original location is closed, you’re nearly guaranteed to find their newer sister restaurant open just a block away.
2. Restaurante San Marco
If you’re looking to add an extra touch of romance to a special day, take your loved one to Restaurante San Marco in the heart of the Santa Cruz neighborhood. Housed in a 12th-century Arab bathhouse, this Italian restaurant will seduce you with its unbeatable setting and delectable dishes, from pasta and pizza to Spanish specialties.
To top it off, they’re even open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with a special, mouthwatering menu.
3. Vinería San Telmo
With a seemingly never-ending wine list, an eclectic variety of contemporary fusion tapas and an inviting dining room featuring quotes by both Aerosmith and Buddha, Vinería San Telmo has everything to make all your holiday dreams come true. The multilingual staff will happily recommend their favorite dishes—in case you’re wondering, ours are the Iberian pluma and the panko-fried shrimp—and there are options to suit all dietary preferences and tastes.
Just note that Vinería San Telmo is a regular stop on our Seville Tapas and Flamenco Tour, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if you chose to return on your own to work your way through the amazing menu!
4. Las Escobas
Opened in 1386, Las Escobas is not just known as Spain’s oldest tavern—it’s also thought to have been frequented by Cervantes, Lord Byron and Christopher Columbus! The original owner, who made and sold brooms (escobas in Spanish), decided to diversify by selling wine, turning his shop into the country’s first-ever drinking establishment.
Today, Las Escobas offers mostly traditional dishes, including Andalusian classics such as gazpacho, fried fish, and croquetas, and although it is located on the tourist track, just steps away from the cathedral, the historic feel of the place is sure to—dare we say it—sweep you off your feet!
What’s more, the restaurant is open every single day of the year, from breakfast all the way to dinner.
5. El Bache
Inspired by ingredients and recipes from both his hometown of Cádiz and his international travels, chef Ale Alcántara has composed a highly creative menu using seasonal fresh produce of the greatest quality.
The best part? El Bache only closes for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
6. Las Teresas
For most sevillanos, holidays and special occasions must always involve a big plate of freshly cut, acorn-fed Iberian ham. If you agree, salivate no more and head to Las Teresas for some of the best jamón ibérico in the Old Town.
Another favorite stop on our Seville Tapas and Flamenco tour, this traditional bar first opened its doors in 1870 and is still loved today for its cured meats, authentic stews and tasty fried fish.
In addition, with the exception of Christmas Eve dinner, the kitchen in Las Teresas is open non-stop 365 days a year.