Protected from the walls of the Real Alcázar, the famous neighbourhood of Santa Cruz is a labyrinth of streets, beautiful houses, patios in bloom all year round, perfect squares, crosses that lead to the magnificent Jardines de Murillo or to the famous calle Mateos Gago but also to calle Santa María. And if you come to Seville for several days to take the time to explore the city, also take the time to stroll through the streets of this area full of moths.
Seville is full of legends of the Sephardic and their historical past, and still in 2019, you feel the weight of history in its streets. It is important to note that the Mudejar church of Santa Cruz, as a synagogue, was demolished in 1811 under French occupation to build the present Plaza de Santa Cruz. The parish seat was moved to the present church, which was previously occupied by the convent of the clergy of the Holy Spirit in calle Mateos Gago, and as has already been said, the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz is characterised by the presence of the Alcázar, located in the centre of Seville. Its streets are small, and have many tiles.
The Jews lived here in peace until the 14th century. But King Ferdinand II of Aragon refused to allow the Jewish inhabitants to continue living in Seville. So he expelled them from Seville, and the Jewish quarter collapsed. Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, the district underwent an important urban renewal strategy.
In addition, the district was renovated for the 1929 exhibition.
Today, after all these reforms, the old town has become a place of great beauty and is the preferred place for many Sevillians to walk. It is true that like l´Alcázar or the Cathedral, the neighbourhood is a must during your stay in Seville.
There’s a lot to see in the Jewish Quarter. So many hidden courtyards, so many churches and small streets.
I recommend that you spend a morning or an afternoon with us and see what the beautiful neighborhood has to offer, but above all an incomparable feeling of fullness, you can also sit on the benches under the orange trees to rest, sneak through the narrow streets to reach the Hospital del Venerable, a hospital built in 1675 by the monks as a residence and hospital in the middle of the Barrio de Santa Cruz. The construction of the building was finished in 1697 under the direction of the architect Leonardo de Figueroa. There is also a church in honour of San Fernando.
This church is beautiful. You will be able to see great masterpieces such as the altarpiece, magnificent statues, paintings full of lights… make the work of Diego Velázquez, one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age… Today, there is an exhibition open to the public and if you like painting, we can organize a private visit at museo de bellas artes.
And perhaps also essentially the most touristic district of the city and if you are not well accompanied, you risk losing yourself…… At night, you can discover its perfect nightlife, the favorite places of the Sevillians because the neighborhood is still alive and looks like an open-air museum. It is always a pleasure to walk, especially in the afternoon, when it is relatively quiet and pleasant. Along the walls of the Alcazar, you can stroll through the backyard of Murillo, on the boundary between the old town and the trendy boulevards, and reach the beautiful Plaza de Santa Cruz.
Seville is undoubtedly one of the hottest cities in Europe, so visiting it in spring or summer requires frequent stops for refreshment 😉 This is a very good excuse to stop and enjoy the good food offered by the local Jewry.
There are excellent restaurants or bars for a good lunch or romantic dinner or the famous Sevillian tapas. And you will see that the Jewish quarter is full of a multitude of bars and restaurants, ranging from the most elegant in the city to the local bars established over several generations. Scattered throughout the neighborhood, some of them can be escape you……. However, you can start your search to find your favourite place by walking down Mateos Gago Street, near Seville Cathedral (if you want to know more about this magnificent temple, click here). This very trendy street is full of tapas bars and restaurants that lead to the centre of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood: the locals say: you have to have some tapas in each bar and follow the route!
Anyway, we leave our list of favorites to enjoy Andalusian Cooking :
– Oriza Restaurant, 41 San Fernando Street.
– La Azotea, Calle Mateos Gago 8.
– El 3 de Oro Calle Sta. María la Blanca 34.
– Bodega Santa Cruz, Calle Rodrigo Caro 1.
– Las Teresas, Calle Sta. Teresa 2.
– Pelayo Bar de Tapas, Calle de Placentines 25.
– San Marco, Calle Mesón del Moro 6.
– El Pasaje, Calle Ximénez de Enciso 33.
– Taberna Belmonte, Calle Mateos Gago 24.
– Peko Peko, Calle Sta. María la Blanca 20.
– Bar Catalina, Paseo de Catalina de Ribera 4.
– La Tapatería, Calle Sta. María la Blanca 7.
– Gourmet Flowers, Calle San Pablo 24.
– Cervecería Las Columnas, Calle Rodrigo Caro 1.
– La Cueva, Calle Rodrigo Caro 18.
– L’Oca Giuliva, Calle Mateos Gago 9.
– La Bartola, Calle San José 24.
– La Sacristía Tapas, Calle Mateos Gago 18.
– Meson Don Raimundo, Calle Argote de Molina 26.
– The Cathedral of Seville
– The Royal Alcázar
– Les Archives d´Indes
– The Gardens of Murillo
– Take a relaxed walk to the Arab Baths of Santa Cruz
– The Murillo Museum
– Agua Street
– The Pilate House
– The Plaza Virgen de Los Reyes (very good place to take pictures)
The Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz deserves more than words or an article in a blog, but your presence during your stay in Seville. It is the only way to understand this beautiful neighborhood and feel its history on your shoulders.
If you want to visit it with a private visit: we are at your disposal to take you there and get to know it in depth.