Sevilla Travel Blog› entry 16 of 27 › view all entries
Seville is a big city, with an enormous cathedral, which we accidentally looked inside when it wasn´t really open to tourists (we were too early - the city doesn´t wake up until about 11am). It´s impressive (even Campbell thought so). But our main sight to see was the Alcazar, which is includes a fort, palace, extensive gardens, remains of Arab baths and more. The wooden panelling, plaster carving and ceramic tiles are beautiful. Of course, when the bright colours of the plaster were visible, it must have been even more beautiful. Now they are just plaster coloured. The tiles would also have been much brighter.
There are a number of impressive plazas in Seville, mostly covered in cafe seating, with fountains, statues etc in the middle.
We also visited the bull ring. It was an interesting experience! We had to take a tour (we´re not the biggest tour fans), so we spent about 3 minutes in the bull ring seating, then the rest of the time in the museum where we saw the colourful outfits of various famous matadors, and the unfortunate bulls heads, as well as a few cows heads (the mother is killed in revenge, when the bull injures or kills the matador). Mmmm.... I´m not really a fan of bull fighting.
We stayed in the worst hostel ever. If you ever go to Seville do not stay at the Oasis Backpackers. It was so noisy all night that we got almost no sleep. Terrible! Everywhere else we´ve stayed has been all right, and so would this place if it had something firmer than tissue paper for walls (ok, I made that up, but they were completely un-soundproof).