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Hostería del Laurel is located in the historic neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Just outside the Hotel's front door is the Plaza de Venerables and plenty of options for outdoor dining.

In the same plaza we find Hospital de los Venerables, one of the principal sights for a tourist visit to Barrio Santa Cruz.

Casa Roman, known for its excellent plates of cured ham, is just next door to the Hotel as well.

A few meters up calle Gloria we find Casa Carmela, a good place for tapas outside.

Following calle Gloria we arrive at Plaza de Doña Elvira in just one minute. Aside from the numerous restaurants this is possible the most beautiful and tranquil plazas in all of Seville. Ceramic tile benches, several orange trees and a fountain make the plaza a wonderful place to relax.

We turn the corner from Plaza de Doña Elvira and follow this small street as we make our way towards the Plaza de Alianza.

In one minute we arrive at Plaza de Alianza and a view of the Giralda. The ivy covered wall to the left is the Alcázar.

Just beyond the fountain in the above picture we take a left and find ourselves next to the fortress walls of the Alcázar.

On the same street is La Alcazaba,a store featuring a wide selection of typical Sevillian ceramics.

Another minute and we arrive to a gate on the left which leads to Plaza Patio de Banderas.

The view to our right is the Plaza del Triunfo and the Cathedral.

About one hundred meters away is the Palacio Arzobispal, the residence of the Archbishop of Seville in the Plaza de Santa Marta.

In the same Plaza de Santa Marta we glance up for a view of the Cathedral.

We follow calle Mateos Gago from the Plaza de Santa Marta for one minute to find Bodega Santa Cruz, or Las Columnas, as it is known to locals. This is an excellent choice for affordable and authentic Andalusian tapas.

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