Fly with Vueling (www.vueling.com) or Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) to Seville Airport, then hire a car or take a taxi for the 20-minute journey to Corral del Rey (if you’re driving, turn off at exit 537 of the A4 to reach the hotel). You can grab a taxi outside the terminal building (the fare to central Seville will be around €20), or make use of the airport shuttle bus to and from the city centre.
Santa Justa railway station, in the centre of Seville, is less than 2km from Corral del Rey, and offers high-speed links to Madrid and Córdoba, as well as connections with Granada and Cadiz.
With your hotel snug within the narrow, winding streets of the city’s old quarter, Barrio Alfalfa, you won’t need a car to explore the local area. If you do plan to venture outside Seville, the hotel offers its own car hire service, and there’s a public carpark five minutes’ walk away.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel can arrange a staggering array of activities with local experts: tours of local bodegas, wine tasting, bike tours, bird watching in Doñana National Park, guided walks in the Grazalema Natural Park, half-day cookery classes with a published chef, excursions to the Sierra de Aracena, tapas tours, private city guides, photography courses, sailing trips, game fishing, kite surfing, surfing, tickets to equestrian ballet, visits to a stud farm, and countryside treks. The Flamenco Dance Museum is just a few steps away; it covers all bases, the dance style's history, key figures, shows and lessons, should you feel inspired. The lavish Royal Alcázar and the elegant Jardines de Murillo are just a 10-minute walk south.
The Taberno del Alabardero on Calle Zaragoza has a bistro with a tasty three-course menu, popular with lunchtime diners. The main restaurant, serving excellent game and fish dishes, is best in the evening. Egaña Oriza on Calle San Fernando is one of the city’s finest restaurants, serving Andalusian and Basque cuisine. 'Conceptual tapas bar' Mamarracha is less than a 10-minute walk away; the menu has inventive small plates: melon with ginger cream and smoked sardines, miso-glazed eggplant, morcilla with spiced apple and such. And the more traditional dishes at Casa Morales, also close by on Calle García de Vinuesa, are chalked up on large terracotta wine vats.
Try Seville's take on fish and chips at Freiduría Puerta de la Carne, where you can slurp down gazpacho, then tuck into a handful of fried prawns, squid and roe.
For a snifter of sherry in old-school surrounds, head north to Bar Alfalfa on Calle Candilejo, then swing by immensely quirky, saint-icon and altar-cloth bedecked El Garlochi (Calle Boteros) to try a Blood of Christ cocktail.