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Sevilla was the first Spanish city that I had visit. It introduced me to this carefree feeling of life. “Stop being so stressed all the time” is what I imagine Sevilla would say if cities could speak.
I’ve since been back and still love the feel of this city. The Moorish Architecture, how the city comes alive at night, the bustle of tourists and the Alcazar. It balances the bustle of tourists with long laid back days. It’s green, there are many winding streets to explore and courtyards to peep into and is not short of cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating.
Plaza de Espana: Have you even been to Sevilla if you haven’t visit the Plaza de Espana? Walking here from the city centre past the University of Seville and entering through the Parque de la Maria Luisa, the Plaza de Espana is a semi-circle structure built in 1928. If you walk along the Plaza, you will see each of the Spanish province with beautiful tile work. It is now a Government building but was formally an exhibition centre. This building was also featured in Star Wars films. I wouldn’t say it’s as nice as some of the other sites in Sevilla but it’s worth a visit.
Alcazar of Sevilla: This is such a beautiful palace which started to be built in 913 by the first Caliph of Andalusia. As centuries came and went, renovations were carried out through time adding elements of Islamic design and extensions of the Palace. This Palace is said to be one of the best examples of Mudejar architecture. When the Christian Era started, it became the residence of the monarch and still continues to be today. Parts of it are open to the public and there are day and night tours. The gardens are beautifully kept and offer a nice romantic walk or just for some peace and quiet. From just looking at my pictures again, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to have another tour. Book your tickets in advance here to skip the lines.
Giralda: The Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral although was originally built to be a minaret during Muslim rule. Construction started in 1184 and there are ramps all the way up so that horses could take a muezzin to the top for a call to prayer over the city. As you near the top, you will get sweeping views of the cathedral roof architecture and at the top, sweeping views over Sevilla.
Flamenco: The birthplace of flamenco, no trip to Sevilla would be complete without a night at a Flamenco show. Flamenco is story telling passed from generation to generation through dance, music and singing. The location of this birthplace is said to be in Triana which is across the Canal de Alfonso XIII. If you have time, wonder the streets of Triana and if you’re lucky, will be treated to a local guitarist playing and singing Flamenco.
Or maybe take a Flamenco class? I did one with Eva and really enjoyed it.
In April every year, there is the Feria de Abril de Sevilla which now celebrates many aspects of the Andalusian life- flamenco, bull fighting, local wines and liquors. It still remains on my bucket list and would be an awesome cultural event to see.
Las Setas: Or Metropol Parasol, is the largest wooden structure in the world built to revitalise the old part of town. It’s served as a viewing platform so you can see over the city during the day or night.
Have you been to Sevilla? What did you like most about it or what do you want to see most?
Looking for a day trip from Sevilla? Why not visit Ronda! I wrote about my day trip here.