Ohhhhhh my goodness! Sevilla is very beautiful. I feel like I say this every time I have visited a new city in this country, please bare with me. This is simply a country filled with gorgeous cities!
I think for many northern European citizens, Spain equals sun and beaches, and that’s also what most people look for when coming here. Which is understandable to a certain degree when you live in a country where it’s cold most of the year, I get it. But it’s such a shame, when the country has so much more to offer!
Sevilla is the capital of the autonomous community Andalucía in the south of Spain. It is the forth largest city in Spain and its old town is the largest in Spain. The University of Sevilla was founded in 1505 and the city is about 3000 years old. As you can see, another city with lots of history- I love it!
Walking around these old cities is almost magical, Sevilla is no exception. Narrow cobbled streets with beautiful street signs and flowers hanging off the walls. The beauty has no end, wherever you look and there’s another pretty building, plaza, cathedral etc. The architecture of Sevilla is quite influenced by the Moorish / Arabic culture, and just like other cities in Andalucía you can see the typical arches and beautiful carvings scattered around the city.
Again, it hits me how very different Barcelona is from the south, and I can’t wait to see and learn more- Spain is very diverse and has a lot of personality!
And when I am talking about personality, look at this fantastic old bar!
Just one negative. Spain is really hot in the summer, I am having some difficulty adapting to the extreme (in my eyes) heat in for instance Barelona. But Sevilla is even worse. It’s inland, meaning it’s a dry climate, and with more than 40 degrees C. and not even a hint of a wind it was too much for me, way too much. So if you are a bit sensitive to the heat like me I would recommend visiting Sevilla maybe September-October, or March-May. June-August is very hot. (And then November-February it can get quite cold.) Even the locals complain in the summer and stay inside in the middle of the day, having a siesta.
What to see in Sevilla? (Apart from taking hours to walk around..)
- Plaza España - a very beautiful plaza. Located in Parque de Maria Luisa. Plaza España is a huge half-circle with buildings and bridges and a large fountain in the centre. On the walls around the buildings, each province of Spain is represented by tile artwork.
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- The Real Alcázar: just by the Cathedral, and is a royal palace, originally a Moorish fort. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a must when visiting Sevilla. Very beautiful. Construction started in 1181 and continued for more than 500 years. The Alcazar has beautiful gardens as well. Open from Monday to Sunday 9:30 – 17:00. Entrance fee: €8 euros / Student: €2 You can read more about it on their website.
- La Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda: was built from 1401-1519 after the Reconquista, where the city's mosque was. It's one of the largest of all medieval and gothic cathedrals and there's a lot of gold in there! It is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Giralda, the bell tower is also nice to visit. You can climb the stairs to the top and get great views over Sevilla.
Have you ever heard of Sevilla & have you been there?