Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 134
Clockwise from left:
Metropol Parasol, the
Basílica de la Macarena,
and Iberian ham, Manchego, and a glass of
fino at Cinco Jotas.
Beyond the Castanets
Venture out of Seville's historic center for a fresh take on a beloved city.
BY CAROL PUCCI PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLARA TUMA
INDING WALKWAYS LEAD VISITORS AROUND THE TOP OF METROPOL PARASOL, A
waffle-textured creation of wood, steel, and concrete towering over Seville's domed churches
and narrow medieval-era streets. The vibe at its rooftop bar is relaxed as my husband and I
sip wine and admire the views. In the distance are the Real Alcázar (royal palace), the spires
of the city's Gothic c¬thedral, and the cathedral's Giralda bell tower, originally built as a minaret when
Seville fell under Moorish rule. Below us is the Plaza de la Encarnación, in a formerly neglected area once
V I RT U O S O L I F E