Go back to the e-newsletterInnsbruck, the Capital of the Alps, is brilliantly located in the heart of Europe and is a major hub for rail travel through the Alps. It can easily be reached by train from all major neighbouring cities such as Venice, Milan, Zurich, Munich and Vienna.Imperial palaces or shopping sprees? Hiking boots or high heels? No need to struggle to make the right decision; with a holiday in Innsbruck and its holiday resorts travellers get the best of both worlds, the city and the mountains. Where else can visitors take a designer cable car from a historic city centre that whisks you up in 2000 metres altitude for afternoon tea? Only in Innsbruck. Thanks to the Nordkette cable railways the journey into the mountains starts in the heart of the city.This amazing experience is the result of Innsbruck’s recently reconstructed Nordketten cable railways, which take visitors up to Austria’s largest nature reserve, the “Naturpark Karwendel”, and to the starting point for high-alpine hikes. At 730 square kilometres, this nature reserve features some of the most impressive scenery in a region where unspoiled landscapes and genuine hospitality live side by side.Music-lovers enjoy Innsbruck’s free summer festivals like the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts, which fill the air of the Imperial Palace’s inner courtyard with beautiful waltz melodies, or the New Orleans Open Air Festival, offering popular jazz and swing tunes at the banks of the river Inn.Or travellers can take a stroll along through one of Europe’s most beautiful city centres, which represents the perfect symbiosis of rugged Alpine nature and modern urban lifestyle. Although downtown Innsbruck with its Baroque and Gothic buildings may be 800 years old it’s more much more than just an historical city; it’s also young vibrant, brimming with university students and cutting-edge architecture.One of the great pleasures of being on holidays is to browse the local shops, looking for something that feels just right, a truly special souvenir able to evoke memories of endless days of carefree leisure. Visitors can now take home Innsbruck’s exclusive fragrance, Acqua Alpes Perfumes, or check out stunning crystal creations at one of the world’s largest Swarovski stores.Go back to the e-newsletter
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But as you wait for your ice cold cerveza, just try their free white beans and you’ll be happy you substituted chequered table cloths for the best stuffed croquetas in town. Another must-eat is their boquerones, fried anchovies marinated in vinegar, garlic and spices, a typical southern Spanish tapas – a portion of this and a beer comes in at a budget friendly €3.50. Want more Spanish holiday inspiration? Check these articles out:5 of the best things to see and do in Cordoba, AndalusiaStep off the beaten track and discover one of Andalucía’s most beautiful and historic cities.15 of Spain’s most beautiful castles and fortsGet away from the beach and see some of Spain’s most stunning castles and fortresses.Perfect playas: top 10 beaches in SpainSand, sea, sun and sangria! From natural to naturist, we take a tour of the 10 most beautiful, brilliant beaches in Spain.Article written by Robin McKelvie for Skyscanner.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Casa de la Viuda, Calle Albareda, 2It may not look much from the outside, but the interior is full of character (and local characters) and is usually devoid of eager tourists sinking stale bread topped with suspect tapas, a sight all too common in some parts of Seville. Avoid making the same mistake and opt for freshly prepared bites on Casa de la Viuda’s terrace – order anything with seafood and you’re on to a winner, including their superb salted cod or bacalao. 5. Bar Santa Marta, Calle Angostillo, 2For tapas without the fuss head to this popular little bolthole in the centre of Seville, where in-the-know city breakers dine alongside locals who keep this place in business all year round. Time to hit the carbs! They do both a mean tortilla and spicy patatas bravas, so don’t hold back on your gluten gorging. For paleo dieters, or just true cavemen, check out their Cordoban style flamenquin – not a sequined flamingo (alas) but pork wrapped in ham and filled with cheese. To snare a coveted table on the plaza outside arrive early or prepare to wait.6. La Alacena de San Eloy, Calle San EloyWant wines that deliver on flavour as much as the morsels you order? For delightful pairings pay a visit to this gourmet gift shop and bar with a cellar packed with stellar bottles of red and white. This branch on Calle San Eloy is the original and the best – settle in for a wine tour of Spain without leaving your bar stool and let the knowledgeable staff recommend vintages to accompany individual dishes. Grab a table in the cellar and immerse yourself in the whole experience (who said dinner was just about the grub?) or if you’re in a hurry, construct the perfect picnic and choose from a selection of meats, cheeses and filled rolls from their cold counters. 9. La Primera del Puente, Calle Betis, 66If you’re tired of eating tiny plates then this great spot along the banks of the Canal de Alfonso XIII is slightly on the pricier side but they have an extensive menu of larger raciones. From cold cuts to casseroles, you can get your fill for about €9- €11 per plate. Besides, you can’t put a price on romance – the outside seating area is the perfect place to woo your special someone, or at least enjoy a river view to go with your grilled sea bass (€15). If you’re only popping in for a quick bite, the tapas start at €2.50 and their menu features all the firm favourites, including meatballs and deep-fried prawns. 7. Bodegon Alfonso XII, Calle Alfonso XII, 33You’ll be spoilt for choice here, but rather than waste precious eating time querying the menu, sit at the long bar facing the kitchen and see what they’re serving up – you might want to get your pointing finger and charades skills ready. But if you’d rather dive straight in, make the pork cooked in whisky and brandy your first move. The garlic prawns are also delicious but don’t expect your breath to make you many friends afterwards, they go fairly heavy on the garlic, as is traditional. Excellent value for money, with plates starting at just two euros a throw, means that you’ll be able to keep the food flowing – we think you’re unlikely to find cheaper, tastier tapas anywhere in Seville. 8. El Rincon del Pulpo Gallego, Calle Harinas, 21A generous serving of Galicia in Seville, seafood freaks had better come here to pay their respects and fill their bellies with Seville’s tastiest octopus, served with boiled potatoes and mejillones al vapor (steamed mussels). This cider house definitely rules – swap a glass rich red for their refreshing cider, poured from a height to aerate it, to accompany your seafood perfectly. Open for lunch from 12:30pm and dinner at 8pm every day except Mondays, you’ll have to squeeze in to this tiny tapas bar, but the friendly service and fresh seafood make it worth getting cosy with other local diners – they might even be able to get you some secret ‘off-menu’ specialties! 1. El Rinconcillo, Calle Gerona, 40They were taking their daily tapas here a century before Captain Cook first spied Australia! It not only lays claim to being the oldest tapas bar in the city, but the oldest restaurant in Spain, with a heritage trailing back to 1670. The décor stays true to its seventeenth century roots, with brightly patterned, tiled walls and a heavy dark wood bar – it’s your chance to munch on wafer thin slices of jamon serrano or fluffy croquetas in much the same surroundings as the traders and businessmen visiting this harbourside city hundreds of years ago. We know what you’re thinking, it sounds like a tourist trap, but its location just outside of Seville’s main centre means it’s not always as touristy as you might imagine. 3. Casa Cuesta, Calle de Castilla, 1If you’re only going to try tapas once (a physical impossibility, one bite and you’ll be hooked) then get yourself down to Casa Cuesta in the west of the city. Pig out on delicious pork flamed in whisky, followed by more pork richly paired with Roquefort. Seafood lovers should stock up with a raciones (half or full, they’re basically bigger portions of the tapas) of calamares in light crispy batter. Find more exciting new dishes to try in this article about the best traditional food in Spain. The waiters can be a bit tetchy with tourists, but the family behind this hideaway have been dishing up tapas for over a century and their experience shows.