February 13th, 2009 – by: pms70
Bells Torro de Giralda
Today was our last full day in Seville. It started with me waking up at 06.00 and not being able get back to sleep. I spent a couple of hours online and finally decided to have a shower around 8. Of course that woke Barbara up and she got ready then too. We went downstairs, had breakfast, and then decided to go back to the Catedral y Giralda, with a stop along the way to get something to nibble on and a drink for later on.
This time we knew how to deal with the ladies with their rosemary bushes so we walked straight past saying “No, no” constantly.
We had decided to pay the €8,- entrance fee to the cathedral today and climb the tower. The cathedral is huge (apparently the biggest in Europe) and the pictures do not show that very well. The walk up the tower was very quiet, we only met two other people. The strange thing with this tower is that there aren’t stairs but ramps to walk up. People actually used to take their horses up to the top believe it or not! It is great for wheelchair accessibility as well. When we got to the top (or the highest point you can get to anyway, look out for plaque number 34 if you ever climb it) we started to wonder about the bells. They are right over your head when you get there, and we had no idea how often they would ring. Turns out at every half hour a couple of bells ring, which was exactly the time we got there…. We walked around taking pictures for about ten minutes on our own, and then a couple of busloads of Japanese people had reached the top as well. We took a few more pictures and left, that was just too many people…
When we left the tower we went for a short walk and sat down in Jardine de Murillo.
There is only a small section you can access without paying the entrance fee to the museum next to it. We had a bit to eat and a drink here and then walked along San Fernando where we sat down at a café for coffee and tea. This was so relaxing we decided to stay there for a while and read a book, while enjoying wine and beer. The sun was great, and it was the most relaxing thing we’ve done all week! After a while we decided to move on to get a bite to eat, and we ended up at Starbucks. Again we just sat enjoying the sun and reading for a while, and watching the world go by. Before we burnt to a crisp completely we decided to head back to the hostel for a while. We chatted to the receptionist for a while and I told him about TB, sounds like he is interested in signing up! Back at the room we read some more, spent some time online and then it was out again for our last dinner in Seville…
First we walked into San Eloy, the shopping street just around the corner from the hostel.
Here we found a wonderful little bar called “Bodega El Patio San Eloy”. We had some wine and chorizo here (best chorizo I ever tasted) and then walked around a bit more. The shops all close around 21.00, and we eventually sat down at a different part to Bodega Gongora, the very first place we had lunch at in Seville. Again we ordered some red wine, and something to eat. I had Gambas Ajillo, and even though I will probably smell of garlic for a week, it was heavenly. Tonight we decided to have dessert, coffee and tea as well, and I also had a Licor 43. After that we walked back to the hostel to relax a bit more before going to sleep.
View of part of the cathedral
Sevilla Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Popular and well located restaurant
During our stay in Seville we ate at this restaurant twice, once for lunch and once for dinner.
It is one of those places where the waiters try to… read entire review