The colorful streets of Sevilla are lined heftily with beautiful orange trees. You wonder between the fading old architecture to chess-board squares hosting tiny markets, follow the winding cobbled streets to fashionable corners where old meets new and designer labels draw the crowds next to tiny old clock shops, musty, fading and home to a bespectacled old clock maker.
It’s a city of passion; a kind of enthralling tension that seems to come to life with the ever-present gentle, wafting scent of citrus in the air, and a great place to enjoy yourself. Andalucía’s heartland has arguably the best coffee, the best tapas bars and the best ‘hanging out with a beer or two in a city center square’ in all of Spain. The pay off is it’s pricey. Perhaps 50% again on top of the rest of Andalucía, and during the summer months the place is so hot that you can almost see the steam rising off the streets. It’s worth it.
Once you get in the thick of Sevillan life, though, you’ll find life on the cheap is more than adequate. You save money because the city itself is so enthralling that you don’t need to pay many entrance fees. The mix of gothic, renaissance, baroque and even Roman architecture seduces visitors with its charms, while there’s no better place in all of Spain to track down flamenco classes, or take in the intensity of a live bullfight.
The Cathedral and its Giralda Tower together make up the largest gothic building in the world; inside you’ll find 15th century relics and a 70-meter view over the entire city. The 10th century Royal Palace, meanwhile, is still in use to this day, and home to sumptuous gardens, while the ornate City Hall often hosts a line of horses and luxury carts just waiting to whisk you away around the cobbled streets.
Aiport is 10km from city centre, or arriving by train will bring you into the main Santa Justa station, with regular connections to Madrid and Malaga. Metro system is very limited and not really recommended. You better use the Tram or the Bus to go to the centre.
It’s difficult not to be seduced by the passion of a city that seems high on its mere existence. Beauty, flair, and a lust for life are all here to be seen, soaked up, and walked off the next day. Enjoy!