Tall palm trees dominate the view with an ornate high wall as a boundary to the gardens of the Alcazar of Seville.

Seville – Our Truths & Trivia

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Just a little fun...

So this post is our light-hearted view of Seville.

It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on This Spanish City .

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Let’s start with the Truths about Seville

A Spanish city in the heart of Andalusia

Location

The 3 C's

Continent

Europe

Country

Spain

Capital

Madrid

Seville, the capital of Andalusia, has so much to boast about. Stunning Moorish architecture, an ancient Cathedral, a magnificent Alcázar and a labyrinth of lanes through the Barrio Santa Cruz.
 
Seville is also famed for its Flamenco dancing, tapas bars and sherry and oh yes, it gets HOT in the summer.

The focal area for a mini-break will be the old town. Centred around Barrio Santa Cruz, the Alcázar and the ancient Cathedral. Although this beautiful city has so much more to offer.

National Flag

Spanish Flag

Regional Flag

Image

It’s good to talk

What speaks?

Language

Spanish (English is widely spoken)

International Dialling Code

+34

Currency

The Euro € (EUR)

What Time?

Timezone

Central European Time (CET)

Difference from UTC

+1 Hour

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So what’s this Trivia then?

(About Spain's fourth-largest city after Madrid, Barcelona & Valencia)

Did you know?

  • That the juicy Seville oranges are not to be eaten directly from the tree. They are so bitter; they will make your teeth curl. Save them and make some marmalade.
  • Seville has a Motto ‘NO8DO’, this symbol can be found throughout Seville, on street signs, buses, flags and even drain covers. Legend has it that it originates from the 13th-century and was bestowed to Sevilla by King Alfonso X. It was gratitude for Seville´s support in his battles against his son, who wanted to oust him.
  • Seville’s Gothic Cathedral holds the tomb of the explorer Christopher Columbus.
  • Andalusia is the birthplace of Flamenco and history has it that the district of Triana on the banks of the Guadalquivir River are its origins. However, some may differ.
  • It wasn’t just the Moors that left their mark, the Romans did too. On the lower level of the Metropol Parasol, you’re able to see remains from a Roman Antiquarium dating from AD 30.

It's famous for...

Food and Drink

Tapas

This a delightful way to enjoy your food. Graze on a couple of dishes, then move on.

Seville Oranges

You’ll see them hanging in abundance. However, don’t stand underneath the trees. I’ve warned you!

 

Sherry

While sherry is produced in the nearby town of Jerez de la Frontera, you’ll be able to sample them all in Seville. Forget about the Christmas Sherry you have at home, this is a whole different experience.

 

Why not?

Start creating your own Spanish adventure and discover the colourful city of Seville for yourself through Skyscanner, it has to start somewhere.

Or alternatively, like us jump on a Brittany Ferry and tour through Spain under your own steam.

A helpful guide

Ahhh the call of Andalucía, I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

We used a previous version of this book to plan our southern Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.


See and Do

Plaza de España

Is undoubtedly my favourite place in Seville. Morning or evening, it is spectacular, and I still can’t believe it is free for everyone to enjoy.

UNESCO

Visit Seville’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias.

Triana

Cross the Guadalquivir River to Triana. This district is historically known for its pottery and ceramics, evidence of this can still be found, through its lanes.

Plaza de Toros

The bullring, not to everyone’s taste; however, it has an intriguing museum into Spain’s bullfighting and matador history.

The Cathedral

The Cathedral is impressive, and regardless of your faith, the scale of the building is vast, and the individual chapels are amazing.

Why not take a guided tour, Gary's sister did when she visited and loved it. It helped give an extra level of detail & understanding to the visit.

Don’t forget to have a peek at 'A treat for the winter, Seville in southern Spain'

Movies & Music

Game of Thrones

The Alcázar was partially used in that little-known TV Series ‘Game of Thrones'.

Silver Screen

The Plaza de España appears in the movie Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. It also, makes an appearance in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. It has certainly scrubbed up well since that was filmed.

Carmen

  • Georges Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’ was set in Seville. The beautiful Spanish gypsy first falls in love with the soldier Don Jose. However, her love for him leads to another, the toreador Escamillo. You’ll have to watch the opera, there are no spoiler alerts here.
  • Then there's Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' & Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' - These were based on a stage play by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Tempted to?

Discover Andalusia by car and tour Spain at your own pace. You can do it all on a road trip, Rental Cars cover all budgets and allow you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.

Our Gadgets

our travelling toolkit

  • 6-Port Desktop USB Charging Station

  • Mini Dual USB Car Adapter

  • Portable Charger 2 USB Ports Power Bank

  • Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • USB rechargeable LED Flashlight

  • Collapsible Water Bottle

And our thoughts on Seville

(Would we return? Is it good value? And did we feel the love?)

Return-a-bility

or What are the chances of us revisiting?
100%
(0% - You'll have to drag us over hot coals to go back 100% - Why am I not there now?)

Notes:

We’ve now visited Seville on three occasions and would certainly return. Beautiful city, plenty to see & do and their culture is one I love.
 

Value for Money

Our value for money index. Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
90%
(0% - How much? I wanted to buy a drink, not the bar 100% - How much? I'll take two.)

Notes:

As with so much of Spain, the wine & beer is reasonably priced, especially if you avoid the tourist hot spots around the Cathedral and the Alcázar. That said, the prices there are not going to make your toes curl. Grazing on Tapas is a great way to eat reasonably too, move between bars and choose what takes your fancy.

Getting around town

What's it like discovering the city?
 
Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?

90%

(0% - It's mountainous and public transport's a joke 100% - I'm in paradise.)

Notes:

We didn’t use public transport at all, we walked everywhere. It’s reasonably flat and easy to get around, once you’d navigated the maze of Barrio Santa Cruz. The locals are friendly too, so if you need directions, don’t worry about asking.

 

Our Gift ideas

A few ideas for a friend

  • Children's World Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Travel-Size Laundry Bag

  • Metallic World Globe

  • RFID Blocking Cards

  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

Janis's Hi's & Lo's

Highlight

It’s difficult as I love this relaxed, friendly city. It will probably be Plaza de España as I’ll never tire of sitting there, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by.
 
Of course, the lovely warm evenings dipping in and out of the tapas bars.

Lowlight

I’m really struggling to think of anything, I would just say if you don’t like the heat visit in Spring or Autumn.

 
 

Gary's Hi's & Lo's

Highlight

The Alcazar is stunning, and getting lost in the lanes. The Plaza de España, and the Parque de María Luisa and the views of, and from, the Metropol Parasol.

Lowlight

Like Janis, I'm struggling. We've had no bad experiences in Seville, just great memories.

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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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