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El Arenal District
El Arenal District

El Arenal District

El Arenal, Seville

The basics

The Seville Bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Cabellería de Sevilla) is a site of great importance to Seville, and features as a stop-off in many guided sightseeing tours of the city, along with the Royal Alcázar of Seville (Real Alcázar de Sevilla) and Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede). Other key draws for tourists in El Arenal are the 13th-century Torre del Oro watchtower, now a naval museum, and the baroque-style Hospital de la Caridad, where paintings by celebrated Spanish artists hang. El Arenal is also home to the celebrated Tablao Flamenco El Arenal. This 100-year old tavern attracts visitors after dark with its popular flamenco dinner shows.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seville

star-4
Enjoy the show, skip the food
Anonymous, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Enjoyable show, skip the tapas/meal, better, less expensive food elsewhere/nearby. Flamenco was more similar to opera than I knew/expected. Worth the time, when in Spain…
star-5
Expert flamenco program and delicious food!
Renee_G, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
This was my first flamenco experience and I loved it! The venue was cozy and I felt like I was having a delicious dinner with friends, the dancers and musicians were excellent especially when the hairpins started flying! Wait staff were helpful and attentive. I highly recommend this experience !
star-5
Memorable
DaisyMae_O, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
The food was so good, we loved all of them, the FLAMENCO performance was impressive, and all the performers (singers, guitarist, dancers) were all fantastic.
star-5
Stunning
Sharon_S, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Amazing show, beautiful dancing and storytelling that took our breath away. Definitely recommend when visiting Seville.
star-5
Truly unforgettable evening.
Tony_D, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
What an excellent finale to our brief visit to Seville. A fantastic authentic show from truly top class performers. Food and drink were plentiful and the service from the staff was excellent.
star-5
The dancers were...
KendallGenre, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
The dancers were fantastic as were the musicians. It was an intimate setting and felt authentic rather than touristy.
star-5
Flamenco show plus drink
Grant_C, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Wonderful dancers and musicians! We had a great time! We went as a couple and only purchased the ticket plus a drink. The show was an hour long which was perfect to get tapas after.
star-5
Flamenco
Willie_E, Jun 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
It's nice but too bad you can't take pictures to have good memories! The tapas are good. The performers are exciting to watch.
star-5
Superb
Amanda_R, May 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Fantasic meal and show. The waiters were very attentive. The dancers and musicians were extremely talented.
star-5
Great experience
Robin_L, May 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Very dramatic performance. Worth every penny. Had dinner and the food and service was perfect. Recommend this show.
star-4
Great performance and Great Food
William_H, May 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
Great show! The food was excellent, and the performance was really great. A great cultural experience I recommend if coming to Seville.
star-5
Flamenco with tapas and friends
Susan_W, May 2022
Flamenco Show at Tablao El Arenal with Drink and Optional Dinne or Tapas
The tapas were great. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The three dancers were excellent. The restaurant called taxis for us at the end.
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Things to know before you go

  • El Arenal is a must for visitors with an interest in Andalucian culture and bullfighting.
  • Siesta time in Seville typically lasts from 2pm to 5pm with some smaller shops in El Arenal closing during this time, though lunch spots and museums usually remain open.
  • If you want to attend a bullfight, book tickets in advance as the best seats (i.e. the shaded seats) often sell out quickly.
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How to get there

El Arenal is situated on the east side of the Guadalquivir River. To get there by public transit, ride the metro line 1 to the Puerta de Jerez stop and wander north from there. Walking from the Alcázar or the cathedral will take less than 10 minutes.

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When to get there

April is a great time to visit, with the festivities of the Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril) bringing a buzz to the neighborhood. Milder spring temperatures also make it more pleasant to explore than in the often sweltering heat of summer. With lots of tapas bars and rooftop terraces in El Arenal, it’s also a good destination for an evening out.

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Seville Bullring

Built in the 18th century, Seville’s bullring is the oldest surviving in Spain, and many of the traditions of bullfighting were established here on its sandy surface. Visitors can explore the site and visit the on-site museum as well as the chapel and the infirmary where wounded matadors are treated. The most high-profile bullfights are hosted during the Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril), a weeklong event that typically takes place two weeks after Easter.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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