Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday break. It has been a bit of traveling for us, and I’d like to start my new year post with a brief recap of the five days spent in Seville, Spain over Christmas. Instead of breaking it down by days, I selected highlights of the trip.
We stayed just outside of Old Town, but within walking distance. Most of the attractions are in Old Town, with a few on the outskirts.
Sevilla has Moorish influence, so the architecture and buildings with Moorish details stand out. After spending some time in Barcelona up north, Sevilla was quite a contrast. The Real Alcázar is a perfect example of influences from the Moors.
For any Game of Thrones fan, some scenes were filmed here at the Alcázar.
I thought Christmas Day would be like a ghost town in Sevilla, but it was the opposite. On Christmas Eve, places closed early. Though tourist attractions were closed on Christmas, restaurants and flamenco shows were opened. It was more crowded on Christmas Day than on Christmas Eve.
We attended a flamenco show this day, at supposedly the best place in town at Casa de la Memoria. It was a good performance, with singing and guitar as well.
If you visit Sevilla, a flamenco show is a must. If you’re lucky, you may witness street flamenco somewhere in the narrow streets of the Old Town. These performances are for locals and are free of charge.
Plaza de España
The Spain Plaza in Sevilla is the most impressive plaza we’ve seen so far. Pictures do not do it justice; you have to see it for yourself to appreciate the architecture and tile work.
Triana is a neighborhood on the west bank of the Guadalquivir River. To get there from Old Town, we crossed the Triana Bridge overlooking the river.
Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower
Seville Cathedral, or Santa Maria de la Sede, is the third largest cathedral in the world. Construction started in 1401, taking over a century before its completion.
One of the highlights of the church is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. It was cool to see the final resting place of the guy who discovered America.
The belltower of the cathedral, Giralda, offers a three-sixty view of the city.
Seville Cathedral is worth the visit. This was definitely the highlight of the attractions we saw.
Visiting Seville does not require five days, but we wanted our trip to be relaxing over Christmas. We took our time seeing the things we wanted to explore. I’d say three nights in Sevilla provides sufficient amount of time for all major attractions and more.