Being the capital of the Andalucia region, I read online that Seville is one of the country’s most gorgeous places to visit. Okay… I must keep it real with you guys – I really did not agree and think there are much nicer cities to explore in southern Spain. Maybe because it was the last city to visit in our southern Spain road trip and I was comparing it to the other beautiful cities? Or maybe it was because of the summer heat and that Seville is known to be the hottest city in Europe? I have no idea, but i just wasn’t a fan.
HOWEVER – as I always say in this blog, one must judge for themselves before making a decision so here are a few of the cities main attractions you must visit:
Alcazar of Seville
Originally built to serve as a fort in 913, the Royal Palace of Alcazar has gone through many different rulers and historical change. Built by the Moors, it features different architectural styles due to the fact it was built through various time periods i.e. the Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance etc.
There is a section in the Renaissance part of the Cathedral, where you can see where Columbus stood when asking the king and queen for permission to venture into the New World – pretty cool. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best things to do in Seville.
With a whopping 80 chapels, you can’t really miss this enormous cathedral. In fact, Seville Cathedral is considered to be the largest Gothic cathedral of Europe and third largest in the world. The site was built back in the 1400s and once home to a mosque. The cathedral is home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus as well as the colourful Patio de los Naranios – a courtyard filled with orange trees and fountains.
Sitting right next door to the cathedral, the Giralda Tower is one of the most famous symbols of Seville. It was built by the Moorish people and was the minaret to the mosque that once stood there. The tower has no stairs at all and instead there are 34 ramps that lead to the top of the tower. It was made like this so the muezzin (that led the call to prayer) could ride his horse up the tower instead of walking.
Visit Plaza de Espana
The very, very rare occasions when i do reminisce of Seville, I always remember the Plaza de Espana because it just looked so immense! It was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition and is created around a semi-circle. The plaza also edges onto a canal and is overlooked by a pretty vast curved palace.
Maria Luisa Park
This park is situated in the massive plaza de espana. It’s a great place to stroll and sunbathe!
We then ended the day wandering the cobbled streets and eating the best paella!
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