Trip Start Aug 05, 2013
27Trip End Oct 15, 2013
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Even better than procrastinating -- taking a few hours off to nap and recharge during the workday.
The Spanish siesta has been gradually fading in recent years, but the tradition seemed alive and well in Sevilla. The siesta time for shops and business is from 2 - 5 p.m. while bars and restaurants close from about 4 until 8 p.m.
Which means outside of the touristy areas, it looks like a ghost town for a few hours and don't even think about finding a place open for dinner until 8 p.m.
When I checked into my hostel around 6:30 p.m., there were two girls who also had just arrived and were really hungry. They could not understand why the front desk woman was telling them they had to wait until 8 p.m. to eat. I understood loud and clear after wandering around Granada one afternoon and not seeing a single soul on the streets during siesta hours. I headed straight to the vending machine to hold me over until dinner (and what turned out to be the best dinner so far -- shout out to Duo Tapas!).
Resting in the afternoon means that the Spanish tend to stay out later. I can't tell you how many children I saw out to eat with their parents at 10/11:00. I'm not sure if this is because they also were on holiday and it was a special occasion or if this is just the norm. Put those kids to bed!
With all the exploring I did, a nap would have been nice, but there was far too much to see and do in this great city!