Trendy cafes, independent boutiques and markets fill the barrio of Macarena. Once the poorest slum in Sevilla, where it was once a no-go zone for tourists 15 years
ago, it now brings to life the history, culture and authentic nature of the Spanish.
“According to some historians, the name La Macarena derives from the Arabic word Bab-al-Makrin, the original name of the entrance to the city.” (https:https://www.barcelo.com/guia-turismo/en/sevilla/districts/macarena/
Stylish shops filled with art, fashion and furniture line the barrio. Although not as famous as Santa Cruz for tourists, La Macarena offers another type of unique experience only found in the districts of Macarena and Alameda.
Resting up for lunch, you can tapa hop across the stalls in the markets hidden under Moorish architecture.
Resuming once again throughout the district to the narrow Calle San Luis where
artists practice their work. An open shared courtyard welcomes designers, artists, and sculptors; many living upstairs.
Roof terrace bars are one of the top picks. Sipping on local wine, sampling tapas, while the cool breeze wafts across the wooden tables.
As with any other barrio in Sevilla, Macarena boasts some rather spectacular architecture like the The Perdigones Tower. With a height of 45mts, it offers panoramic views of the city. The CAMERA OBSCURA projects an image of what is happening in real-time around the tower.
Churches, monasteries and convents are just a few other historically significant
locations that are must-sees in Macarena. The Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, a 16thcentury edifice is a rather historically important location – witness to the plague in 1649. Now home to the Andalusian Parliament.
Enjoy the beautiful sights first-hand. Or if you are unable to travel, check out what Sevilla is really like through the eyes of Annabella and the other characters in Initiated to Kill.
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