I’m always surprised how effortless intercity travel is in Europe. We took a bus from Malaga to Seville, which had air conditioning, free water and earphones, and movies to watch on individual screens. As we travelled over the Spanish lunchtime, our first stop once we had checked into our hotel was to find a late lunch in the Andalucian capital.
We stumbled across Pepe Hillo serving up a huge tapas selection which included..
A Sevillian speciality – chickpea and spinach stew. Even on a hot day, this went down really well!
and fried anchovies – just the smallest of crumbs clinging to these tiny fish. Tummies filled, we ventured out into the bright Seville sunshine – which by this time was reaching the mid-30s.
It was a very slow wander, punctuated with coffee, water and ice cream stops as we got closer to our first pick on our sightseeing bucketlist – the Alcazar.
On Monday evenings it is free to enter, provided you have pre-booked your entry.
It’s famously known for being used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, and it’s no surprise to hear that the producers had to do very little to the palace to keep in with their set design.
The palace incorporates some Islamic Art, as well as Gothic and Renaissance influences.
All the colours and patterns of tiles, artwork, ceilings were something to behold!
Even with the hundreds of people that were allowed in, nowhere seemed particularly crowded!
With some places particularly in the gardens being deserted, it was a real calm haven.
It was a pretty good way to spend an early evening!
The following day, after a hearty breakfast at our hotel (we can recommend NH Plaza de Armas as it also had a rooftop pool, ideal for cooling off during the hot afternoons and evenings), we set off for the cathedral.
Our visit actually had two parts, as our ticket was for an evening rooftop tour later on in the day, but we wanted to get inside for a proper look round (which also meant we could briefly escape the temperatures outside!. )Built over the remains of a mosque, the cathedral is the largest in the world.
I climbed the Giralda – the bell-tower, which was accessible via 23 steep ramps, rather than stairs.
The views were incredible and my appetite was well and truly whetted for more good views later on in the day.
We then took a walk down to the Parque de Maria Luisa, widely known as one of the most beautiful places in Seville, and even Spain!
Unfortunately I took us on a bit of an unintentional detour, seemingly unable to navigate with Googlemaps. I blame the heat! Regardless, we saw some beautiful buildings.
After a good extra mile of walking, we entered the park and Plaza de Espana came into view.
On our route there, we ducked into a tropical forest wonderland where I spied these tree roots – which look like something you might see in the Amazon jungle!
Soon the parkland came to an end and we were at the stunning Plaza de Espana.
Built in 1929 with red brick, tiles and little bridges over waterways, this is a stunning place to wander.
Each Spanish province has a tiled seating area to display a key historical scene.
It was quite easy to be completely taken away with the scenes there.
After a really delicious Lebanese lunch at El Rincon de Beirut, we hunted down a wonderful air conditioned bar where we holed ourselves during the siesta, where we wrote the obligatory postcards home (which were received back in the UK just two days after we posted them!) and read our books, before we headed back to the Cathedral for our rooftop tour.
We donned headsets and were led up spiral staircases to different parts of the cathedral roofs. We were able to hear our guide with the headsets as we were walking around, which meant we didn’t need to stay too close to hear about the history of each area. The tour lasted about ninety minutes, and I’m glad these tours are done in the evening when it is a little cooler!
Not content with being on the level ground for too long, on our final full day in Seville, we got even more high-rise views from Las Setas which is an amazing wooden structure, from which can see 360 degree panoramas of the city.
For 3 euros, your ticket includes access to the viewpoints, a free postcard, and a free drink!
On our final day, we also took a walk over the river to Triana. It’s a cute neighbourhood, deathly quiet by day, but then livens up at night time.
As our visit coincided with the daily siesta, we roamed shady streets quite happily,
spending most of our time looking up at the terracotta and tiled patterns adorning each building!
It was a great end to our time in Seville – we found 3 days in the height of summer was a perfect amount of time as it meant we didn’t have to rush around from place to place, but if you stayed in less oppressive heat you could cover the main attractions in two days.