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Hotel Simón - Open.
Triana Backpackers - Open. Their bike rental service is also operating normally.
Many other hostels and hotels are operating normally in Seville. Please see Booking.com

Sevilla / Seville

SLEEPING: Seville is a all-year major tourist destination and there are lots of backpacker hostels and hotels ranging from cheap to outrageous. The establishments mentioned here are popular with pilgrims.

Hotel Simón, at Calle Garcia de Vinuesa 19, about 120m from the cathedral, has been recommended by several pilgrims, it has singles from about 53€. Tel 954 226 660, website www.hotelsimonsevilla.com.

Triana Backpackers at Calle Rodrigo de Triana, in Triana, across the river from the city centre. This well-run and friendly hostel has dorm beds at the pilgrim price of 14€ and is popular with pilgrims and backpackers (so possibly noisy). You must phone or email to get this price and it's only for your first night, Also singles 25€, doubles 40€. If you're cycling you can contact them about having your bike delivered there a few days before you arrive. They can also arrange bike hire. More information and booking on 954 459 960 or from their Website www.trianahostel.com/en

The Nomad Hostel has dormitory beds from 22€. Singles 60€, doubles 80€. It's at Calle Itálica, 1. Website www.thenomadhostel.com Tel 608 862 153

The city of Seville has a population of 688,711. It is the capital of the Province of Seville and the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. Because it's a big city it has everything you're likely to need in the way of shops, cafés and restaurants, banks, pharmacies, etc., but very little in the way of pilgrim-orientated services. For example, there is no dedicated pilgrim albergue.

PRACTICAL: Credenciales (pilgrim passports) are available from the following places: the very helpful and friendly Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Sevilla, at: Calle Castilla 82, which is on the Camino as it passes through Triana. Opening hours vary, please check their website www.viaplata.org under Atención al Peregrino. The Cathedral Parochial Office, ask one of the cathedral employees where to go for a Credencial de Peregrino. Also from Hotel Simón and Triana Backpackers (details above). In recent years the Credenciales available in Seville have a map of the Camino Francés on the back, don't worry, they're accepted along the Vía. Also, if you're going all the way you'll probably need more than one for all those stamps. Credenciales are available on the Vía from larger municipal and religious albergues in major towns and cities, but if you think you'll need two it might be easier to buy them in advance. In fact, if you'll be in Seville at a weekend and you're in a hurry to start walking it might be better to get a Credencial in advance from (for example) your national Camino association. If you need to do some last-minute equipment shopping there's a Decathlon outdoor shop in the city centre near Las Setas on Calle Martín Villa. If you need a SIM card, from Hotel Simón walk 20m towards the cathedral and on your left is a shop, Photo & Phone, which sells them. Labara has good plans for international calls and data: www.lebara.es

EATING: Seville has a big tapas culture and many bars around both Triana and the city centre have good selections. Recommended for tapas is Bodega Dos de Mayo on Plaza de la Gavidia, it's very popular so best to arrive early (ie. 20:00). If your preparations for the Camino includes eating like a horse and you like fried seafood of all types, then you should try the Plato Variado in Abaceria Alborea on Calle Jacinto, in Triana. The kiosk on the city side of Triana bridge does good churros y chocolate.

CULTURE: If you'd like to experience the Sevillanas singing and dancing Seville is famous for there are several options. Casa Anselmo on Calle Pagés del Corro, in Triana kicks off about midnight. It's far more authentic than the tourist shows in the city centre, free in but drinks are pricey. Best to reserve because it's become very popular. Tel 606 162 502. If you prefer a more come-as-you-are vibe you may prefer La Carbonería on Calle Céspedes, deep in the old city. Shows kick off about 21:00 but if you want a seat with a view you'd be best to get there well before that. It's fairly freestyle and the format and quality varies according to who shows up on the night. A more expensive but highly recommended option is  La Casa de la Memoria, on Calle Cuna. Shows here are more like operatic performances delivered by professional performers. They generally do two show a night, 19:30 and 21:00. Tickets from their website www.casadelamemoria.es. Otherwise there are frequently street performers in the streets around the cathedral or Plaza de España.

BE AWARE: Unfortunately, Seville is a city and a tourist destination so there's a certain amount of opportunistic thievery and pickpocketing, especially of mobile phones.

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