A city with heightened emotion – or duende – in which every movement feels like the graceful and glamorous dance of a purebred Spanish steed, Sevilla’s palm-filled gardens and rich Mudéjar-style palaces are full of secrets only revealed with the right contacts. Whether a first-timer or a habitué, Paladar y Tomar’s Seville exclusive tours unveil the most rarefied secret addresses and meets the most renowned personalities: where to sleep, where to eat, where to explore, where to be and whom to meet.
Avoid the monotony of hotels in favor of experiencing the genuine Spanish aristocratic style in this opulent 13th century private palacio, furnished with plush antiques and an important collection of contemporary paintings, in Washington Irving’s haunts during his inspired time in Sevilla. Begin and end your day in the seductive stillness of a private jasmine and rose-filled Eden, with incredible views of the neighboring Alcázar – to which the palace once belonged.
If walls could talk, you would hear an entire city’s past come alive through the intricately decorated halls and annexes of this architectural marvel, dating back to the 4th century. With entry next to impossible without the right connections, Valeska and Fernando open the doors of this gem hidden in plain sight. Transport yourself back in time with a Renaissance-style string and voice quartet accompanying drinks in the shade of an interior courtyard, traditional tiorba and vihuela instruments disseminating their enchanting sounds throughout the timeless space.
Sevilla’s best table. From a close friend of the team’s penthouse overlooking the Cathedral – in twilight basking in colors of rusted sand so indicative of Andalucía – one understands the puissance of Sevilla. The evening reveals aspects of an almost impenetrable society where the strong presence of the aristocracy is prodigiously combined with captivating historical landowners. The owners will regale you with their stories in one of the most impressive spots in the city. As Food Event Designers by IED Institute of Design, Valeska and Fernando love crafting everything from sumptuous feasts to the most radical chic moments.
Meeting I. C. is a privilege, and being invited to his house is an opportunity to access the genuine Andalusian elite lifestyle unattainable to most. He is the sixth generation of a family raising the most-ever awarded Purebred Spanish studs, appearing in 1812 in Spain’s first Stud Book. Sequester yourself from the hustle and bustle of city life with a unique horseback-riding trail through the hilly, sun-drenched landscape personally led by Ignacio and his team, followed by a fascinating rustic-chic picnic in the seductive stillness of the Andalusian countryside. Ignacio is a born host and he enjoys sharing breeding and dressage secrets, his daily life and passion.
Experience the grandeur of Jerez de la Frontera, originating from the prestige of sherry wines on the international stage, attracting wealth from around Europe, and resulting in one of the richest cities in Spain. Nowadays, it is a chic place saturated with distinctly contemporary dishes of the Iberian Peninsula, but it still abounds with inspiring architecture and culture – if you are lucky enough to gain access. Fernando’s friendship with the Marquis of Mortara, heir and owner of the palace, gives us access to a very special and warm welcome at his private palace, the Palacio del Virrey de la Serna; from a simple café or cocktail in one of the salons or the garden, to a stately lunch in the impressive dining room surrounded by art masterpieces – Rubens, Snyders, Antonio Carnicero and more… Such first-class moments take you back to Spain at its finest.
His magnificent beauty and mysterious personality have been present in arts, history and anthropology from ancient times and his preeminence is still strong in Spain. A native and exclusive animal from the Iberian Peninsula, experience the brave bull away from bullfighting’s spectacle and instead be guided through some of the most renowned cortijos with a concentration around his harmony with the environment and relationship with man. Rocío D. L. C., one of the most prestigious livestock breeders, a woman with a strong personality and exquisiteness, invites us into her home in what might be one of the most distinguished rustic-chic experiences.
Let us guide you throughout the real Seville, we drive you away from traditional hotels toward the fascinating array of traditional accommodations; we serve the needs of travelers looking outside the mainstream and provide the irreplaceable human touch.