When planning my sister’s hen do, me and her best friends wanted to find a city break abroad where none of us had visited, with a good mixture of culture, good food and sunshine. Seville popped on the radar after we heard friends singing it’s praises, and the more we researched, the more we loved the sound of it.
Situated in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, it’s warm weather and rich history make it the perfect city break. Flamenco originates from here and there are many beautiful landmarks to roam around and enjoy. I’ve put together my top spots and areas that we really enjoyed exploring over the 3 days we were there (last September) and hopefully these will put Seville on your list of must-visit cities!
The Cathedral of Seville – home to Christopher Columbus’ tomb and a stunning piece of architecture, this Gothic cathedral really is astounding to look at. You can pay 9 euros to get inside and you can also walk up inside the bell tower. However, due to the ridiculously long queue snaking around the building in the 35 degree heat, we preferred to get some drinks at a rooftop bar overlooking the building…
Plaza de Espana – this beautiful palace has a canal stretching along the entire perimeter of the plaza where you can hire rowing boats and enjoy the building’s beauty from all angles. We saw live music, live flamenco and horse and carriages amongst the buildings and grounds and it really is a beautiful area to relax in. Note to self: rowing is not my strong point.
Maria Luisa Park – this is where the beautiful Plaza is situated and there are acres of grounds with manicured lawns and secluded pathways to get lost in – plus plenty of shade to shelter under when the sun gets too much! We hired a hilarious 6-person bike and had so many laughs trying to navigate the park on it. A cross gardener and a few wrong turns later, it’s something we’ll never forget!
The Triana neighbourhood – this lovely hidden gem is the other side of the river and off the beaten track a little bit. We found a lovely place for lunch that the locals love so we knew we’d experience some authentic Spanish food and drink here. If you can, spend a few hours exploring this pretty place away from the usual tourist hubbub.
Walk along the river – not far from the park and plaza, the river has plenty of cute bars dotted along. We found a lovely outdoor one with aperols on the menu and views of the river and boats passing by.
Hidden gems – explore the side streets! The majority of our break was spent exploring the little side streets surrounding our Air BnB. The local tapas restaurants and bars made regular pit-stops for us and we enjoyed the slower pace, siestas and the much later and more relaxed drinking and eating.
As well as all of the above, I’d recommend hiring a bike to enjoy the sites (walking around in 35 degree heat was challenging at times!) and a boat ride along the river would be beautiful. Have you been to Seville or any other Spanish cities? How did it compare to the more well known destinations of Barcelona and Madrid?
Happy travelling (once corona has calmed down!)