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their workshops (travel advisors can work
with Valesa to coordinate a visit). At Hombre de Madera, for example, a studio in a
former engine-repair shop, craftsman Ignacio Sánchez Martín took time to explain
how he uses wood from untended orange
trees to create custom-made furniture.
More restaurant than tapas bar, ConTenedor - which also serves as a gallery
for Pelícano artists and a venue for jazz
musicians - takes a slow-food approach to
dishes meant for sharing. Watch as chefs
Old Quarter stay:
Hotel Alfonso XIII.
work in a glassed-in kitchen, plating slices
of duck with crispy rice, and salads flecked
with black sesame seeds. Feel free to linger
well past 4 pm, when the kitchen closes. It's
siesta time, after all. No one seems to be in
a rush, and neither should you.
SEVILLE, DONE RIGHT
Essentials for a visit to the southern Spanish city.
GO The best times to visit are spring and fall, when the days are still long, but temperatures are
COURTESY OF HOTEL ALFONSO XIII
cooler. Plan your sightseeing around the midday siesta (from about 2 to 5 pm), when many shops
and museums close. Most restaurants serve lunch until 4 and reopen for dinner at 8:30. Ask
your travel advisor about Valesa Cultural Services' customized experiences, such as ceramics
classes, tapas tours, flamenco or cooking lessons, food and wine excursions, cultural explorations,
and day trips to family farms.
STAY Andalusian, Moorish, and Castilian designs merge in the 148-room Hotel Alfonso XIII,
opened in 1928 in the city's historic quarter, a short walk from the Seville Cathedral and Real
Alcázar. Don't miss the breakfast buffet, with Andalusian treats supplied by Ines Rosales, a bakery
famous for its olive oil tortas flavored with local oranges. Doubles from $295, including breakfast
daily and one lunch or dinner for two.
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