Seville

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Europe, Spain, Travel | 0 comments

Seville

Everyone I know who visited Seville had told me of it’s beauty, but I still wasn’t prepared to be swept off my feet by it’s splendour.

Brimming with stunning architecture, stories from an interesting past and a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere, it is impossible not to be charmed by Seville.

Typically Spanish, around every cobblestone street corner is another perfectly groomed plaza with people out enjoying the day, lined with cafes and bars and surrounded by brightly painted buildings, complete with horse-drawn carriages passing by.

 

plaza

 

There are many sites to see in Seville, I’ll start with my favourite – the Alcázar.  Built in the 1300s this UNESCO World Heritage Site is indescribably beautiful.  Painted tiles adorn the walls and intricate carvings line the archways.

Once you pull yourself away from the magical interior, step into the sun drenched gardens which are lush and cool.  It’s no wonder Game of Thrones filmed here, it truly is a place that feels like a fantasy.

 

The Alcázar

The Alcázar

 

The Alcázar

The Alcázar

 

The Alcázar

The Alcázar

 

Another breathtaking site is Plaza de España, whose grandeur alone will impress you.   Built in the 1920s the plaza is a massive curved semi-circle building complete with fountains and mini-canals.

One of the most grandiose buildings I have ever seen, with extremely bright and extravagant tile work.  There’s even an alcove for each Spanish province, individually decorated in the province’s style.

 

Plaza

Plaza de España

 

Plaza

Plaza de España

 

Located next to the Plaza de España, Parque de María Luisa provides the perfect spot to stop and unwind in the grass under a tree, which is exactly what we did!  These gardens are a lovely area to slowly wander through on a hot summers day.

Spain is notorious for delicious tapas, and we had some of the best tapas of my life in Seville at Duo Tapas.  The tuna tartare was to die for, washed down with a refreshing glass of tinto de verano as we people watched from our table in the plaza.

There are plenty of shops (which were all having sales when we were there) so you can find pretty much anything you want, and a thriving night life.

We stayed in a great little boutique hotel conveniently located in the city centre called Casa Romana.

A big city with a small town feel and everything within walking distance, unbelievable architectural sites and melt in the mouth tapas made me completely fall for sunny Seville.

 

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