TRAVEL GUIDE TO SEVILLA by Lian W.
Lian is an Urban Explorer, Music Lover, and Fellow Foodie. She loves travel, fashion, music and food. One of her favorite things to do is to wander around a new city, try the local food, and immerse herself in new cultures. Her travel diary will help you find the highlights of some of her favorite destinations.
On a recent trip to Spain, I found myself in the lovely city of Sevilla for a few days. Roaming through the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town, I felt transported into another world. It’s small but rooted in history and the perfect place to get lost.
The tiny winding roads prevent most cars from fitting through which keeps the town quiet and easily walk-able - my favorite way to explore a new place. The best place to stay is definitely in the old town where everything is within walking distance and every step leads you to another unique impressive wooden doorway, ideal for a creative looking for color or pattern inspiration.
The best time of year to visit is around November when the heat tapers off a bit (the summers get VERY hot)
It's a small town and you can probably feel like you've seen most of it within 2-3 days of visiting
All of the streets in the old town are cobblestone so wear comfortable shoes you can walk around in easily
It is very difficult for cars to get through the old town so be prepared for walking to be your only option, even if you are trying to get to a hotel with luggage
You may need to brush up on your Spanish skills to be able to order at some restaurants
Sevilla is the birthplace of Flamenco
Some scenes of Star Wars Episode II were filmed at the Plaza de España
In the decade before construction began on Las Setas (The Mushrooms), Roman ruins were discovered on site and are now on view in the underground level
Places to see
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla
Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
The day we arrived, we went to check out the Real Alcázar. It’s a sprawling palace that is still named as the current official home of the royal family of Spain. Known as one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic-influenced architecture in Spain, the intricate tile work in every room is overwhelmingly stunning at every turn. Every new space you find somehow feels unique to the rest of the grounds. If you’re there, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to wander around the gardens as well. I could have strolled around this labyrinth of a palace for days.
Near the Real Alcázar are the Prado San Sebastián, a peaceful park and great place to relax and give your feet some rest, as well as the Plaza de España, the structure built in 1928 for the World's Fair in 1929. The style and architecture of the Plaza de España is similar to the Real Alcázar but in a much more expansive space, built to impress.
As with many European cities, one of Sevilla’s other main attractions is their cathedral, one of the largest in the world. Some of my favorite parts of this cathedral were the two enormous, ornate organs and the fact that the climb to the top of the bell tower involves inclined ramps, not stairs. The ramps were built so that horses and other beasts of burden could be ridden to the top. I was also surprised to learn that this is the resting place of Christopher Columbus and you can view his tomb inside the cathedral.
With some spare time on our hands, we took a tour of the Plaza de Toros (the bull ring). You are not able to see the inside of the ring without paying for a timed audio tour but it was worth the short wait. There is a small museum inside explaining the history of bullfighting and they also showcase some notable matador costumes. They then allow you some time to walk around the ring, highlighting the process of a bullfight from the entrance to the finish while also describing some historical events that occurred there. It’s worth a peek if you have some extra time.
One last tourist site that should not be missed is Las Setas (The Mushrooms). This large modern structure was built to create shade and a space for public events as well as terraces to view the city. The winding walkways on top reminded me of a roller-coaster and was a unique lookout point that stands out against the backdrop of this historic city.
Where to eat
For a Michelin Guide recommended dinner, there is Az-Zait with more inventive tapas in an eclectic setting.
We also came across a somewhat touristy but authentic-feeling churreria named El Comercio where we stopped to grab some quick homemade churros for breakfast on our way out.
All in all, Sevilla is a beautiful town to spend a few relaxing days on a vacation. I’m already looking for a chance to return to possibly check out the shopping scene or some of the day spas.
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