What to see and do in Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla, or Seville, is most likely on your list of places to see in Spain. Sevilla is simply an incredible city that is more than 2,000 years old and consequently a mix of so many cultures. It’s no surprise that the historic city center is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel to Sevilla by train – Spain’s train system is incredibly easy and affordable (sounds like the Spanish tourism office paid me to write that but it really is true!).
I have only been to Sevilla once, although I have every intention of going a few more times as there is a lot to see. On my trip I was pleasantly surprised to find the historic part of the city to be exactly as I pictured it with white buildings, decorative tiles everywhere, and fantastic little courtyards. There is a lot to see though so on to that list….
What to see in Sevilla, Spain:
1 – Cathedral of Sevilla – built between 1401 and 1519. The Cathedral was built on the former site of the city’s mosque and the current bell tower was originally a minaret, named the Giralda. You can climb to the top of the bell tower for a view of the city. And actually you don’t have to climb stairs to get to the top of the tower; you walk up ramps – originally put in for worshipers to ride to the top on horseback! If you are one for classical music, there are often concerts held in the Cathedral at night.
2 – Alcazar of Sevilla or the Reales Alcazares – Originally a Moorish fort, the Alcazar of Sevilla is a royal palace. It must be seen on your visit to Sevilla and allow for a whole day as it is very extensive. Most of the palace can be seen by tourists but the upper levels are still used by the Spanish royal family as their Sevilla residence (not to shabby huh?). The most gorgeous section is the Patio de las Doncellas or the Courtyard of the Maidens which is similar to some of the rooms in the Alhambra. The gardens are also impressive, I especially like the wall that you can walk along which runs the entire length of the gardens.
3 – Plaza de Espana – This is also a must see location and it will not disappoint for it is honestly breathtaking! The Plaza de Espana was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair and designed by Anibal Gonzalez. The plaza is an enormous half circle with a building running along the outer edge and bridges in the center crossing a small moat. It is a fantastical scene with beautiful decorative tiles and the building has alcoves with tiled illustrations of different provinces of Spain. To see more photographs of the Plaza de Espana and for detailed photos of the tiles click here to visit The Monica Store.
There is more to see but these are the main sights that shouldn’t be missed. Of course I recommend my usual dose of wandering through the streets and seeing the local sites as well. And all year long there are events and festivals in the city, one of which is the famous Holy Week processions, which I am determined to see one day! But enjoy Sevilla and just make sure to see these top three places while their on your trip!
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