This week’s virtual travel journey takes us to Seville, the city known for its antique charm, steamy-hot summers and mild winters. Seville is a bijou city with its fabulous food, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and exotic flamenco rhythms, it never fails but to charm and seduce. History oozes throughout its very pores, with ancient Moorish walls, Roman ruins and Baroque churches at every turn.
Follow the locals to the hole-in-the-wall bars, sip cañas (small glasses) of beer, and then lose yourself by wandering the tiny streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, dotted with orange-tree-filled plazas, before resting in a quiet, shady corner on a tiled bench.
For a more authentic experience, head to boho Macarena or the tile-and-gypsy quarter in Triana. Then, after dusk, head up to the rooftops to admire the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and its Moorish-Christian tower, from a terrace bar.
Major landmarks, include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral, is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb, and a minaret turned bell tower, named The Giralda.
Spring is the ideal season for visiting Seville, when plants blossom and the temperatures are pleasant, without being unbearably hot. The daily average temperature for Seville during April, is around 18 °C. Seville is best avoided during high summer, when due to the high temperatures it is known as ‘the frying pan of Europe.‘
The top 3 activities to do/see in Seville:
A visit to Catedral de Sevilla
Seville’s showpiece church is awe-inspiring in its scale and majesty. The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, was built between 1434 and 1517 over the remains of what had previously been the city’s main mosque. Highlights include the Giralda, the mighty bell tower, which incorporates the mosque’s original minaret, the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus, and the Capilla Mayor with an astonishing gold altarpiece.
Alcazar of Seville
The Alcázar is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers, who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. It is considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar art to exist today.
Parque de María Luisa
The Parque de Maria Luisa is a large green space to the south of the city centre, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with exotic touches provided by colourful tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools.
Traditional foods that locals and tourists love in Seville are: Bulls tail, pork in whiskey, flamenquines, spinach and chickpeas, pork cheek, and stewed meats. Seville is famous for its cuisine, boasting superb seafood platters, next to traditional recipes, with multicultural origins. Also, Seville is a very affordable place to eat and drink, with prices for a tapas starting at 1 euro 80 cents.
Keep a look out for next week’s post, where we will be taking you to explore another beautiful destination.
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