Spain has so many photogenic cities and Sevilla is definitely one of them! A colorful city, thrumming with flamenco music and a buzzing soulful ambiance, Sevilla is Spain’s fourth largest city and the most visited in the Andalucía region. It’s hard not to fall instantly in love with the warm, charming, easy to walk city! Although, if the sangria and delicious tapas have slowed you down there are plenty of horse drawn buggies for hire to clip-clop you around the cobblestoned streets.
A city meant to linger in, the city boasts Spain’s largest cathedral (and third largest in Europe!), the spectacularly Mudejar (Islamic) ornamented royal Alcázar Palace and gardens, thriving bars and cafes, perfect for wandering and refreshingly shady narrow cobblestone streets also known as “kissing lanes” in the city’s lively old Jewish Quarter of Barrio Santa Cruz, the delightfully picturesque Plaza de España square built for a 1929 international fair, yearly festivals, pedestrianized main boulevards, and a still-present culture of bullfighting.
During our too-short two day stay in Sevilla, we took an informative and entertaining tour of the Alcázar Palace with Sevilla Walking Tours (more on the palace in the next post!), explored the busy kissing lanes of Barrio Santa Cruz as well as the less crowded neighborhood of Triana across the west bank of the Guadalquivir River, dodged the relentless scams for money from the rosemary twig ladies, gorged on different cuisines from around the world at the intercultural festival of nations that we stumbled upon at the Jardines del Prado, joined the locals in evening paseos strolling along the the main boulevard of Avenida de la Constitución, enjoyed sunset drinks at EME Catedral Hotel’s terrace bar overlooking the lit up Cathedral and Giralda Bell Tower, and caught an impromptu flamenco performance at La Carboneria Bar over frosty mojitos.
If you arrive via train like we did, it’s just a quick trip from the Santa Justa train station into the heart of the city on the #C1 bus. The EA airport bus allows for easy connections to and from the city center and there are plenty of regional and long-distance buses that stop in Sevilla. Go. I promise you won’t regret it!