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Casa Torres: Secluded 2 Bdrm Apartment In La Alameda

Casa Torres, a private and peaceful 2 bedroom apartment, is perfect for your family, friends or colleagues. The apartment is equipped with everything you need or probably forgot. And with a curated Seville guidebook of my favorite places, Casa Torres will be your Andalusian home.

La Alameda is a family-friendly and trendy neighborhood for you to explore but also close enough for a quick walk to the monumental area (Cathedral, Alcázar).

Would you like to live like a Sevillano? Actually… Like I lived?

Then, have a look at Casa Torres, the apartment where I spent 10 years in Seville!

 

The space

Casa Torres will be your entire private apartment. You won’t share it with anyone else!

Live as the Sevillanos do strolling cobbled streets and gathering at historic shops and cafés. Steps away, this secluded respite of light-filled spaces and modern style awaits. After a day traversing the city, put your feet up in a colorful living area and watch TV from the couch…

  • Bedroom #1. This is the master bedroom with a king-sized bed. It has an east-facing window overlooking the courtyard, so you’ll have morning light to wake you gently. It has its own private bathroom with a wonderful walk-in (rain) shower, a nice desk for your laptop and a large closet.
  • Bedroom #2. This second and cozy bedroom had two individual beds. It also overlooks the main courtyard so it’s peaceful and quiet. It has a large closet and you can use the full bathroom with a small but nice shower, located on the corridor.
  • Living room with 32″ flat screen TV and incredibly comfortable couch where you can lean, have a cup of tea/coffee, and rest after a long day exploring Seville. Alternatively, you can have a snack or a nice breakfast at the large table.
  • Full eat-in-kitchen with toaster, microwave, pots, pans, dishes, and all the necessary to cook a delicious meal.
  • Free and very fast Wi-Fi (fiber optic connection).
  • The whole apartment has a modern air conditioner installation, so no need to worry about the heat in summer.
  • Smooth and comfortable bed linens, plus thick and soft provided.

 

The neighborhood

Just north of the city center, La Macarena is one of the coolest barrios in Seville. The neighborhood gets its name from the Macarena Virgin, housed in a beautiful chapel that sits right next to an ancient city gate and restored portions of the old city walls.

This area of the city manages to seamlessly blend the old and the new. La Macarena without a doubt the last authentic neighborhood of the city center…

Comprised of several streets clustered around Calle Feria, the barrio’s central artery, this lively, attractive part of town stretches from north to south alongside the vast Alameda de Hércules, one of the city’s most popular area of central Seville.

Speaking about Calle Feria, apart from being an incredibly busy commercial street, it hosts Seville’s oldest and busiest flea market every Thursday, where you can hunt for treasures from its noisy, hectic vendors.

Have a look at Casa Torres, its location is unbeatable!

 

There’s always something going on at La Alameda

Once a down-and-out district that was best avoided, La Alameda (as it’s popularly known) has now turned into one of Seville’s hippest and trendiest barrios. Situated around the long thin Alameda de Hércules, lying to the north of the center, it’s now home to funky art gallery cafés, chic bars, restaurants, and vintage boutiques.

As you will see once you’re here, Alameda de Hércules is a large open space, lined with trees and terrace bars.

The wide space and a small play-ground area means it’s popular with young families during the day. In the evening – and late into the night – the bars and terraces become packed out with those seeking after-hours entertainment. There are also a few clubs for those wishing to prolong the night’s festivities dotted around La Alameda and just beyond, which stay open until dawn.

And of course, La Alameda is the place to soak up the sun on weekends. Sevillanos will crowd the terraces from the early hours to drink small beers and later (after lunch) move on to the gin and tonics.

One more thing. Don’t miss out on the free open-air events along La Alameda. On any summer evening, you’ll stumble across dance performances, live music, street entertainers and craft stalls for kids.

 

It’s a foodie’s paradise!

Even better yet, you’ll soon discover that your apartment in La Macarena neighborhood is surrounded by countless tapas bars ranging from the very traditional, to fusion and modern offerings. In all actuality, you may have found one of the best foodie neighborhoods in Spain…

Here are just a few of my favorite spots for food only a few minutes away from Casa Torres:

Pasos Largos, El Disparate, El Antojo, El Fullero, Nickel, Eslava, La Azotea, Mano de Santo… The list could go on and on!

But if you prefer to cook at home, sip and sample your way through the colorful and lively Mercado de la Calle Feria.

 

And an interesting cultural area

Along with the cobbled streets and the best surviving stretch of Seville’s ancient wall, you will stumble across hoards of cultural points of interest…

Built in the 12th century on the orders of Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf, the Puerta de la Macarena is one of three surviving entrances in the ancient Almoravid walls of Muslim Seville, sections of which also remain within the neighborhood. (The other two entrances are the Postigo de Aceite and the Puerta de Córdoba).

Next to it stands the Basílica de la Macarena, one of the symbols of the religious fervor that attends Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Seville. On its neo-Baroque altarpiece, you can see the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena which, in the early morning of every Good Friday, is carried in procession by members of the brotherhood founded in 1595.

If you are church lover, you’ll take to La Macarena like a fish to water. Don’t miss the churches of Omnium Sanctorum and San Marcos, both Gothic-Mudéjar gems, and the church of San Luis de los Franceses, designed by one of the greatest exponents of the Seville Baroque style.

You can also have a look at the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, a 16th century Renaissance edifice, and a witness to the ravages of the plague which attacked Seville in 1649. In its time it was considered the largest building in Spain, and is now the seat of the Andalusian Parliament.

 

Casa Torres Comes With Great Perks…

La Macarena is an excellent bet

Why? Because it’s not in the main tourist areas!

You’ll be able to get a handle on real Sevillano life here with lots of local bars and restaurants, and funny little local shops.

There’s even a good chance of bumping into some impromptu flamenco singing. It won’t be the best, but you won’t pay through the nose for a tourist sham either. Try going to the genuine flamenco club Peña Torres Macarena, located on Calle Torrijiano, 29.

Bear in mind that nothing is far away in Seville, including all the big attractions. And the city is completely flat so it’s a real pleasure to wander around and enjoy its beautiful weather…

 

It’s close to the action, but in a quiet environment

The cool thing about Casa Torres is that it’s only 3 minutes away walking from La Alameda. So you can enjoy all the amenities of the area (tapas bars, restaurants, cozy cafés, local market, nice little shops…) without all the hustle and bustle.

It’s located in a narrow and quiet street. On top of it, the bedrooms overlook the building’s main courtyard so their are completely silent. Plus, the apartment windows have been recently renovated and are completely soundproofed with acoustic glass for sound insulation.

So after a long day exploring the streets of Seville you’ll enjoy a pleasant night of sleep!

If you’re looking for a quiet and authentic place to stay in Seville, have a look at Casa Torres.