Seville

Besides the wonderful Alcazar (which I loved so much here’s an entire post on it), Seville is a diverse city with a lot to offer yet it feels manageably walkable still and I actually much preferred it over the big cities like Barcelona or Madrid.

First things first – it would be a down right shame to be in the city with such a rich history of flamenco dancing and not take in a show while here.

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I have no doubt there must be hundreds to choose from but I saw one at the Museo del Baile Flamenco which has displays on flamenco history and costumes which you can visit before the performance.

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There wasn’t too many seats available for each show which meant everyone was able to get a good view of the dancers who were so passionate.

Paired with the fabulous live musicians which accompanied them the night was fantastic and well worth going to!

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In the day time hours a good place to start is the Plaza de Espana and it is impossible to capture the beauty of this place in one simple photo – prepare to take a lot of panoramas!

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The plaza was created for the 1929 World Fair which was held here but since then it has been used in many films including Star Wars and today it houses mainly government buildings.

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I did a walking tour one day and our guide spent a good while here explaining Spain’s history as there is maps of various regions of the country along with colourful tile depictions.

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Regardless of where you may personally stand on the subject of bullfighting in Spain, it is no doubt a large part of the culture here and Seville has one of the largest stadiums for it called the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza which was built in impressive baroque style over 250 years ago.

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Right outside is a statue of Curro Romero, one of the country’s most well known and regarded bullfighters.

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Speaking of statues, not too far from here is the lovely Maria Luisa park with a popular dedication to poet and writer Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, which is three women sitting under a tree (in obvious admiration).

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My walking tour passed through here after walking alongside the Guadalquivir river which runs right through Seville.

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We passed by the Torre del Oro or Golden Tower which was used as a prison during the Middle Ages and heard about the city’s important role as a trade city for Spain after their discovery of America way back when.

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On the subject of towers, you may also want to climb up the UNESCO heritage listed Giralda Tower which dates back to medieval times.

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From up here you can get some great views out over Seville.

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It is adjacent to the Seville Cathedral which is well designed inside and out.

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The interior is fairly opulent and you can’t help but draw your eyes to this bright gold altar.

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My final recommendation is to make sure you cross the river from the ‘main’ side of Seville and visit the Triana district/area.

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Known for its ceramic industry dating back to Roman times there are some really beautiful buildings along here and my friend and I took a delicious tapas break around here too.

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Finally, off many of the main roads Seville are a maze of small alleyways and roads which are worth wandering around and getting a bit lost for because there’s some really beautiful details alongside these older parts of this charming city.

Here’s a few more snapshots.

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