Explore the Triana
Explore the Triana. This is the humble, shabby part of the city. The epicenter of its gypsy culture. This neighborhood is the birthplace of flamenco and many famous toreros. Triana Market is its heart and Calle Betis (the Roman name of the Guadalquivir) is its vitrine. Triana Bridge connects it to the historic center, the “other side”. It’s almost like this is a completely different city, an alter ego of the once Imperial Sevilla, one that still holds its provincial Andalusian self higher of all its facets.
This site was once the side of the marineros, the sailors who left the old world to explore the new undiscovered lands of the Americas. It was also the place of the dreaded Castle of San Jorge, the headquarters of the hated Inquisition. Trianeros are passionate about their place. If you ask some of them they will say they come from Triana and not mention Seville at all.
The competition between the two sides is often expressed through soccer with Betis being the soccer team of Triana and Seville of the side of los pijos (posh). Whatever your favorite side this is a place of a unique atmosphere, more authentic, some would argue. So cross the bridge and explore it. Have some delicious tapas or a drink at its riverfront. Then you decide which is yours.