Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.comThe intrepid “band of merry media” and I, 29 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations to experience a portion of its Iberian Adventure through Portugal and Spain, have cleaned up pretty well — a shower, sport coat and a spritz of cologne for me — as we gather outside the Meliá Sevilla Hotel for our final, jam-packed evening.

A twilight carriage ride, a passionate flamenco show and a tasty tapas dinner inside Seville’s oldest tavern await. Vamonos!

Aboard a classic horse-drawn carriage, pulled by a caballo blanco named Flamenco and driven by Pedro, we rattle across the cobble.

Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.comDown tree-lined streets that wind around spacious Parque de Maria Luisa, past postcard-perfect Plaza España and the impressive Cathedral of Seville, and across atmospheric Barrio Santa Cruz we go until the clippety-clop finally stops and we dismount right outside El Patio Sevillano, a 300-seat theatre that’s home to some of the fieriest flamenco in all of Andalusia.

Short of slipping on a pair of classic, well-worn, Gallardo black leather boots and obligatory tight-fitting pants, I do the next best thing: grab a front row seat and a glass of sangria.

Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.comFor the uninitiated, flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance with roots dating back to 18th century Andalusian gitanos (gypsies). It’s the combination of cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps).

I’m so close to the action — I’ve got beads of dancer’s sweat dotting my jacket to prove it — that I feel as if I’m a member of this colorful troupe as the rhythmic stamping of heels on hardwood vibrates underneath my chair. I can’t control myself and jump to my feet repeatedly with shouts of Ole! Hey, it’s what you do in Seville.

Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.comWe started this journey back in Lisbon and now find ourselves around long tables in a private room up on the second floor of El Rinconcillo, Seville’s oldest tavern — since 1670 for cryin’ out loud — where we’re putting the finishing touches on this Iberian Adventure the best way possible: feasting on an assortment of mouth-watering tapas washed down by some excellent rioja, and all on Insight’s euro.

No less than eight appetizers are plated before us along with a delightful flan dessert. Salud!

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For complete information on Insight’s 112 premium and luxury-escorted journeys around Europe, including 10 highlighting Portugal and Spain, just click HERE, or call toll free 1-888-680-1241, or contact your travel agent.

This brings to a close the Iberian Adventure and, with it, the end of the road for this latest edition of the intrepid “band of merry media.”

Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.comOver the past six days, we’ve been treated to some of the very best signature sights, sounds and savors that the Iberian Peninsula has to offer, thanks, in large part, to the gifted and knowledgeable Insight staff, all well-versed in the art of touring in style.

With over 35 years of experience in the travel industry, Insight seamlessly took care of everything, from first arrival to final departure, with nary a hiccup in between. You really are in excellent hands with Insight no matter the destination.

If you missed any of my earlier Iberian Adventure dispatches, you’re just a click away: LisbonBelém, Pastéis de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Cascais-Sintra, the Alentejo, Évora, Monsaraz-Alqueva Lake, Corteconcepción, Seville and Córdoba.

Adiós Iberia. You’ve been grand.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

5 comments

  1. You’re looking quite dapper, Tom, and the adventure was once again a wonderful one. Now you have my mouth watering for tapas. Fortunately, we have two great tapas places not more than five minutes from us (although in opposite directions.) Have to say, Insight does it right!

    janet

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