Hope you enjoyed reading my blog post on “Madrid in 2 days” last week. So from Madrid, I headed down south towards the very beautiful city of Seville (pronounced Seviya). Seville was everything Madrid wasn’t. It’s known as the “Frying Pan” of Spain and is located in the Andalusian region. I loved this place as it gave me the actual flavor of Spain that Madrid lacked. The weather was nice and warm (can get really hot in summer), the streets and buildings were beautiful, the sangria strong and the tapas hot. If you want to see a Flamenco show in Spain – I would highly suggest you do so in the South. One of the mistakes I made was not spending enough time in Seville. I would highly suggest you spend at-least 2 days here. But if you were on a time crunch like me, follow my itinerary below:
Where to Stay:
Seville in a small city. Stay anywhere near the Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood and you should be good. We stayed here in a Air B and B and had an absolutely wonderful host.
How to get here and travel within the city:
Sevilla has a small airport you can fly into. The nearest train station from the Santa Cruz neighborhood is Santa Justa. I took the train to Granada from here. Everything else is within walking distance. Also, there are trains which run within the city. There are even horse carriages to get you to your hotel if you are too tired to walk.
I reached Seville by mid morning. After dropping off our luggage and freshening up I was all set to explore the city.
It’s a beautiful cathedral located in the center of the city. I would suggest you buy your tickets for this beforehand. Your ticket also includes free entrance to the Baroque masterpiece, the Iglesia del Salvador. You can also visit the Torre Giralda – tower on the NE side of the cathedral. The hike to Giralda is included in your entrance to the cathedral. If yo don’ t want to climb on a hot day, save your energy and enjoy the view from Patio de los Naranjos.
Cost: 9 €
2. The Royal Alcazar of Seville
This is a beautiful palace built by the Sultan of Seville back in the day. Every part of this palace has a story in itself and is mesmerizing. Also, added incentive – Game of Thrones was shot here. Can you guess which city? Also, again buy the tickets for this online and save time by not standing in line for 2 hours on a hot day. This is beautifully lit up at night as well, so do walk by the Alcazar at night.
Cost: 9.5 €
3. Barrio Santa Cruz
This is the prettiest neighborhood I’ve every seen. Every lane is different and colorful. It’s full of cute shops, musicians, street artists and fun restaurants. At night, this city has a different charm all together. Since the Spanish dinners run late, everything is open till very late. Dinner generally starts at 9 PM and goes on till midnight and more. Also for tapas, do try the Spanish omelette.
4. Plaza De Espana
This is a beautiful plaza. About 1.7 kms from the Santa Cruz neighborhood. You can walk through the Jardines de Murillo and then onto Plaza De Espana.
5. Flamenco Show
So I researched quite a bit before my trip to find the perfect Flamenco show that gave conveyed the true essence of the art form without burning a hole in my pocket. Museo del baile was the perfect experience. There were 4 artists (2 dancers and 2 musicians). They were full of energy and enthusiasm and even though I can’t speak good Spanish they conveyed a lot of emotions via their expressions. There is a bar at the back, where you can purchase drinks. Get here early to find good seats and get an unobstructed view. Here is the link to buy the tickets.
Cost: 20 €
Hope you enjoy visiting the Andalusian capital of the country. Happy to answer any questions 🙂