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 .
Let’s start with the Truths about SevilleA Spanish city in the heart of Andalusia
The 3 C's
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.
It’s good to talk
Spanish (English is widely spoken)
International Dialling Code
The Euro € (EUR)
Central European Time (CET)
Difference from UTC
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
This a delightful way to enjoy your food. Graze on a couple of dishes, then move on.
You’ll see them hanging in abundance. However, don’t stand underneath the trees. I’ve warned you!
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.
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.
Visit Seville’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias.
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 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.
Movies & Music
Game of Thrones
The Alcázar was partially used in that little-known TV Series ‘Game of Thrones'.
- 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.
our travelling toolkit
And our thoughts on Seville(Would we return? Is it good value? And did we feel the love?)
Value for Money
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?
(0% - It's mountainous and public transport's a joke 100% - I'm in paradise.)
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
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
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.
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
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.
Like Janis, I'm struggling. We've had no bad experiences in Seville, just great memories.
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