Seville is the capital city of Andalusia which is located in the southern part of Spain. You may also hear people calling it Sevilla and it’s one of the largest cities in Spain. If you have heard of Flamenco then you should know that Seville is the birthplace. I visited the city in mid-September which is a great time to visit a Mediterranean country since it’s not very hot during the day.
I got a direct flight from London with Ryanair which costs around 70 EUROS. From the airport, you can get the bus (which is the cheapest option) or the taxi which costs 25 EUROS to the city center. So here I was, in a new destination, once again for work, with the chance to see a new place and walk around the city.
Things to do
Seville is a beautiful town to see on foot. Walking around in Santa Cruz and its narrow streets you’ll get lost amongst the many small shops and cafes.
The first thing that anyone will notice when getting to the main square, is the Cathedral which is the 3rd largest in the world and contains the tomb of Christopher Colombus. I didn’t have the time to go inside but I have to admit that the Cathedral is amazing both day and night. It’s the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and the minaret on top is called the Giralda.
Alcazares Palace is a royal building near the Cathedral. It’s the older royal palace in Europe where the king and queen of Spain stay there when they visit the city. I was lucky to have some free time in the afternoon to visit the place. Before you enter, you have to go through various security checks, like at the airport so they make sure it’s fine to let you in.
The gardens are huge, you can almost get lost – I did. There are many fountains, ponds, flowers, and nice plant structures. If you’d like to go the, I would advise you to spend 2-3 hours since it’s big and there are many palaces together and there are some that you would like to examine in detail.
Plaza de Espana is one of the top attractions which is an open space opposite the Maria Luisa park. The square is decorated with ceramic tiles, bridges, and fountains. Again, for the limited time I had during the afternoon, I really enjoyed a walk around Plaza de Espana and the park near it.
Tapas & Canas
Cañas y Tapas was set up with the aim of delivering traditional Spanish food, and at the heart of Spanish cuisine are tapas. Tapas are little plates of Spanish deliciousness. Appetizers, snacks, finger food, canapés – there are plenty of other words we could use to give you a rough idea of what tapas are, but in reality, tapas can be absolutely anything – as long as they are edible and served with a drink. What’s better to have tapas and canas = caña (small beer).
On the first night, we had dinner at the restaurant of El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique. We ordered a variety of tapas plates but to be honest I wasn’t very excited with the tastes. On the second day, we went out with the project partners. Our hosts organized the social event at Roof, a tapas bar on the roof of a hotel. Since there were many of us, we were standing and were served tapas and drinks. You may also enjoy a nice view from the Roof. I tried new tastes and believe me there were strange things served (for me) which we delicious.
On the third night, we booked to have dinner at Milagritos, a tapas bar, and on a specific night, they had a flamenco show. Flamenco Shows are on offer all over the city. The food here and especially paella was delicious. If you’re not sure what this is, Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art, and to be more exact a genuine Southern Spanish art. It exists in three forms: Cante, the song, Baile, the dance, and Guitarra, guitar playing. Check out a video so you can get the full picture.
On the last afternoon, while I was walking in the narrow streets, I was looking for a place to grab something to eat. So I opened up Google and based on my location it recommended me a few places around. I ended up in Ovejas Negras which is a nice cozy place to enjoy delicious tapas.
Enjoy some of the photos I took and if you have any questions or comments please comment in the box below. Thanks for reading.
Consider Seville for your Spring Break
Seville is an ideal place for Spring Break, since everything is quiet and cheaper.