The past couple of weeks have been quite busy, and blogging has had to take a bit of backseat unfortunately. I’m trying to get myself organised though and this week it’s blog central. I recently had a long weekend in Seville, Spain. It’s such a beautiful city and you can easily spend hours just walking around all the beautiful cobbled streets. Everywhere you turn there’s a different square, gorgeous old building or collection of orange trees. The city centre is a maze of culture and history.
Rather than attempting to trace my each and every step for you though (as we might get lost in Seville), I’ve put together a little Seville travel guide, with my top 4 highlights from visiting. Hopefully you can use this as a starting point if you go to Seville.
Seville Travel Guide
Alcázar of Seville
The first port of call in our Seville travel guide. A few of you may recognise the Alcazar palace as being the filming location of Dorne in Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen it, but my parents were excited at the prospect.
I can’t quite sum up the words to describe the palace. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. There’s a North African feel, and sometimes Indian. From the architecture to the gardens, the experience is overwhelming. The picture don’t do this place justice. A must visit.
Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower
I didn’t know much about Seville before visiting, like the fact that the cathedral is the third largest in the world! The cathedral was the last stop before going home, and I was half asleep at this point after 3 days of walking. Nevertheless, that didn’t make the cathedral any less impressive. From the altars, to Christopher Columbus’ tomb to the Chapter House, it’s breathtaking.
The highlight of the cathedral is the adjoining Giralda tower, included in the ticket price. Dating back to the 12th century, the tower provides stunning views across the city. That is, after you’ve climbed up 30+ floors to the top. Slopes, not stairs though, so it’s a bit easier. I struggled with it, but you know me, I hate exercise.
Plaza de España
My main reason for wanting to come to Seville. After I found out I was going, I started researching the city and the Plaza de España is the only thing that comes up in images. It did not disappoint in person either. Again, photos do not do it justice.
You don’t expect to walk around the corner and come face-to-face with this amazing feat of architecture. It was only built in 1927, but seems older. All around the semi-circular building are mosaics of major Spanish cities and towns in alphabetical order. Everywhere you look, the detail is incredible. For me this was definitely the highlight of the trip. Whilst you spend longer at the Alcazar, the initial impact of the Plaza is something so special.
The Plaza is also set in a beautiful park, and you can walk down to the river.
The Metropol Parasol, also known as the Setas, adds a modern influence to the Seville skyline. One of the largest wooden structures in Europe, it holds its own against the historical landmarks. Whilst standing underneath the Parasol looks like you are below a bunch of giant mushrooms (another name, and the meaning of setas), it’s when you reach the top that’s the most impressive.
With a viewpoint to rival the Giralda tower, you really appreciate the size and beauty of Sevilla as a city. For just €3 per person, you definitely get value for money.
The pathway around the top is unique and kind of looks like a snake. Hopefully the photos show what I mean by this.
And breathe! I know this is a lot of information to take in, but if you ever visit Seville, then you’ll understand how much it’s needed. I’m barely scraping the surface. There’s also the tapas bars, flamenco dancing and the aquarium (recommend for a rainy day).
Did you like this Seville travel guide? If so, let me know and I’ll do more guides when I go somewhere new. Where should I go next? Recommendations welcome.
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