Seville is a pure delight for one’s eyes. There are so many incredible places, that you will feel like it’s unreal. Seville is a city that combines perfectly the past (all the beautiful buildings) and the future (see Las Setas). Moreover, the fans placed in the showcases, the explosion of red souvenirs with white dots, the red heels give you the impression that the life itself is a flamenco dance on Latin rhythms. It’s wonderful!
Before starting the visiting checklist, see some useful details for your trip:
How to get there from Malaga
You can easily get to Seville by train. If your intent is to get closer to the city center, choose a train that stops in Sevilla San Bernardo (it is a small station near the city center). Once there, you should pick up the metro 2 stations (until Puerta de Jerez).
How to move in Seville
From Puerta de Jerez station, you can walk by foot to all the important visiting points. But the distances are considerable, so be prepared!
What to see in Seville
Chapter one of our adventure: Finding Real Alcazar
We started our journey prepared to visit Real Alcazar. We were unable to find the entrance so we moved around a while, then by mistake, we got in the Jewish district and only after that, we arrived there. Due to a large queue, we decided to visit other objectives (as we had only one day ahead).
*Tips! You can buy your ticket online and it is highly recommended to do so if you want to skip the queue.*
The Cathedral (Santa Maria de la Sede) is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the world and it is part of UNESCO World Heritage. Initially, it was a mosque, but it was converted into a Catholic church after Reconquista. Its construction lasted over a century (being finished in 1506). It’s such a precious Cathedral that you will feel you can admire it forever.
Giralda, its bell tower, has a height up to 105 m and it is the icon of the city. It was built during Moorish domination and it was preserved after Reconquista. An earthquake partially destroyed a part of the decorations that were restored. The statue located on top of Giralda represents the Catholic faith and it’s called “El Giraldillo”.
Chapter two of our adventure: Finding an entrance to the Spain Square
We tried to get to Spain Square but we finished walking for almost one hour without finding the entrance (don`t get me wrong, we found lots of entrances but all of them were closed!) In the end, we find some workers and a closed gate so I’ve asked why. They told us that the park is all closed. For one moment I thought that Spain Square is also closed.
– Do you mean that I will be unable to see Spain Square??? I was almost crying.
– Ah, no, Spain Square is opened. Just get back and you will find the entrance.
What followed? We walked for another hour until we found the desired hidden entrance.
Spain Square is another magnificent symbol of Seville. It was built in 1928 for a regional exposition that took place in Seville. Its style is a mixture of Renaissance and Moorish Revival.
What is very interesting is that across the square, there are 48 pavilions, each one representing an important city of Spain. And they are simply lovely! The a_zulejo_s (ceramic tiles), the historic scenery shown in the middle, the benches, the map of each city makes this square so unique and gorgeous! It’s meaning? Well, I would say that the critical importance of each city/region in Spain’s history.
I cannot decide what I liked most: if the building itself so grandiose and amazing, the painted ceramic tiles showing a part of the history of each important city – so colored and full of details or the four bridges that represent the ancient Spanish kingdoms. Just visit it and decide what`s more interesting for you. You will not regret!
During our visit, the park was closed so we did not have the chance to enjoy them – just a reason more that we should come back there!
Chapter three: Looking for Spain Square but getting to Las Setas
Trying to get to Spain Square we found…. Las Setas! (damn, the direction was not the right one!) Don`t ask me how many times we surrounded the construction in order to get to the elevators without success!
Las Setas or Metropol Parasol was indeed a surprise for me. In the middle of all that gorgeous historical buildings and architectural styles, to see such a futuristic construction! But it was nice and I really enjoyed it. The construction was finished recently, in 2011 and they claim to be the world’s largest wooden structure (surprising!). The construction is similar to 6 big mushrooms (hence the name Las Setas, eng. mushrooms).
For only 3 euros, you can enjoy Seville from above. And the view is not to be missed!
*Tips! Once you finish your visit, do not forget to pass through the gift shop (located near elevators) as for each ticket bought, they will give you a free postcard.*
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We walked through the Jewish Quarter for minimum 3 times without realizing what it represents.
Torre del Oro:
A small park we encountered on our way:
The image that I love the most: the flag at the balconies! Spanish spirit! Que viva Espana!
Well, at the end of the day we were so tired that we could barely eat something and return back home. However, Seville worth the effort, if you have more time, give it at least 2-3 days.
Travel. Enjoy. Repeat.