That said, I would be sure to make time for my favorite ‘hidden gem’ of Seville. Located nearby, in the famous Barrio de Santa Cruz, a refurbished mansion was turned into a luxe escape known as AIRE Ancient Baths Sevilla. Modeled after the ancient bathing traditions of the Romans, Greeks and Ottomans (granted, bathing suites are required), this little oasis is the perfect way to wind down any day in Seville. Warm candlelight and soothing aromas welcome guests to find their ideal form of leisure. The bathes o¡er a mix of hot, cold and warm waters engineered amidst sleek stone finishes, beautiful brick walls and a quiet ambiance that completely removes you from the vibrant streets outside. If you’re not interested in a soak, I recommend my second favorite part of my visits to AIRE: a relaxing massage followed by tea on the rooftop terrace with a marvelous vista.

Lastly, I like to top it all o¡ at the Terraza Bar Hotel Doña Maria (I have a thing for roof-top venues). The views are second to none with the Seville Cathedral, ancient roofs, and the orange trees dotting the streets and city squares. Add your drink of choice or try an Agua de Sevilla, a local cocktail of fame in the region, and you’ll have enjoyed a taste of life in Andalusia’s beautiful and historic capital. Sabrina Schmid loves to travel the world, exploring new places and cultures. Born and raised in Germany, she used to live in France, Spain and Mexico. Today, Sabrina resides in Miami, Florida and works for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.


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