Samay Hostels Seville Spain
Samay Hostel is Sevilla’s newest backpackers & travellers hostel, located in the heart of Sevilla’s oldest and most romantic neighborhood, “Barrio Santa Cruz.” Take a stroll through these dim, mazelike streets and alleyways and bask in the city's ancient past. You can stuff your belly in one of the many Tapas bars located just outside our doors. If it’s flamenco or bullfighting you’re after we’re a stone’s throw from the bullring and some of Sevilla`s best flamenco bars.
The Samay Team, composed of backpackers and independent travellers has created the perfect space for those who want more from their hostel. We have completely restored a traditional Sevillan “town house”, adding our own unique touches to better serve you. Our spacious, designer, well lit and ensuite dorm rooms keep you comfortable while visiting this Andulacian capital. The “Samay Touch”: Never-ending hot water, premium mattresses, sturdy hand-crafted bunk beds, personal safes, key card access, air conditioning, central heating, free linen, and fully equipped kitchen.
Samay also helps you stay connected with Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet access and guest phone services.
Did We Mention the Terrace?
Samay has the best rooftop terrace in all of Sevilla. Whether you want to catch the last rays of light from the setting Andalucian sun, enjoy a cocktail from our bar, or just enjoy a good book or conversation our terrace has you covered. On top of all this, we also offer a book exchange, free city maps, games, and the kind of information about Sevilla that only city insiders know.
Someone form our friendly staff is available 24 hours a day to help you with whatever you need. Come and visit experience and us what budget accommodation should be. See you Soon!
COME TO STAY WITH US
According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.
The Tartessians were the original founders of Hispalis. Next to this settlement, in 207 B.C., the Romans built Itálica. It was the centre of their Western Mediterranean dominions for seven centuries until the Roman empire was overrun by Northern barbarians at the beginning of the 10th century. The long Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula, from 711 A.D. to 1248 A.D., left indelible traces in Seville as in all of Al-Andalus. La Giralda, the tower of an important mosque, is the most well-known of the remaining Islamic monuments. In 1492 Seville played an important role in the discovery and conquest of America. The 17th century was a period of artistic splendour in Seville. Painters such as Velázquez, Murillo and Valdés Leal, and sculptors like Martínez Montañés were born in Seville and left behind important works. The city also assumed an important role in world literature and was the birthplace of the myth of Don Juan. On two occasions in the 20th century Seville has been in the spotlight of the world's attention. In 1929, it hosted the Latin American Exhibition, which left important urban improvements in the city. More recently, Expo 92 reinforced the image of Seville as a modern and dynamic city.
Seville is located in the South of Spain. A provincial capital, seat of the government and parliament of the Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía (Regional Government). It has more than 700,000 inhabitants, nearly half the population of the whole province. The city of Seville is located on the plain of the Guadalquivir river which crosses the city from North to South. The river can be navigated from Seville all the way to its outlet near Sanlúcar de Barrameda, on the Atlantic coast. In the past the port of Seville played an important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas and it remains today one of the most active river ports of the Iberian peninsula.
Sevilla is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.
It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalucía. The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla.
For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Sevilla is universally famous for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.
The Sevillians are great actors and put on an extraordinary performance at their annual Fería de Abril, a week-long party of drink, food and dance which takes place day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents. But above all it allows the men to parade on their fine horses and the women to dance in brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses.
Immediately before that is Holy Week, Semana Santa, a religious festival where hooded penitents march In long processions followed by huge baroque floats on which sit Images of the Virgin or Christ, surrounded by cheerful crowds. Both Spring events are well worth experiencing.
In Sevilla, you will want to visit the old city, with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower at its heart. (You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City). Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios... Other sights not to be missed are, in the old city, the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens and, crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River, the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana and traditional ceramic factories.
Recommended tapas bars
Don't miss out on the tapas. The city is credited with the invention and has more than a thousand bars where the choice of food, is virtually unlimited, from seafood to ham and sausage and from vegetable to cheese. The Sevillians actually make a meal of. them, moving from bar to bar and trying one dish at a time. Seville is in the heart of Andalusia, with its Moorish influence and Flamenco heartbeat. Sevilla is a great city to visit. Ofcourse you need to sleep somewhere when you want to visit the city longer then one day.
In the Santa Cruz quarter, try Bar Giralda, Modesto, Las Teresas and Casa Robles.
In Triana, El Kiosco de las Flores, Casa Cuesta and Bodeguita Sanlúcar. In Santa Catalina, El Rinconcillo, El Bacalao and Quitapesares (Bar Peregill)
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