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Sevilla Travel Blog

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Um, no I´m not waiting in that line
Our plan was to wake around 8, see a few more sights in Sevilla, before picking up our rental car late in the afternoon and driving to Granada. I did not sleep well in our hotel, see Brian´s review, so we slept in until 10. We got some breakfast and headed to see the Alcazar, the Moorish palace in Sevilla. The cathedral does not open until 2:30 on Sundays due to the morning masses, so we thought we would see the palace first. We didn´t, see the photo below of the terribly long line, no palace is worth waiting in that line.

We headed over to the Guadalquivir river area, which is a long riverwalk. The views were very pretty and we were able to tour the Torre del Oro and the bullring without the huge lines.
Torre del Oro
The Torre is a tower, one of what used to be several ringing the city that used to provide protection for the Alcazar when the Moors were in power. Now it has been modified to a very tiny maritime museum. You can go to the top and see views of the river and city and it is worth the 2 euro entry fee.

We plan to see the bullring and museum in Rondo, but the bullring in Sevilla is one of the most important active bullrings in Spain. They offer a 40 minute tour that takes you briefly inside the ring and then into a museum that offers some interesting history and information on bullfighting. It was worth a visit.

After the bullring we headed back over toward the cathedral, only to find another huge line awaiting us. We were able to go into the actual church part and say a prayer of thanks for our journey so far, but again we skipped the inside tour of the cathedral due to the huge crowds.
view of the Guadalquivir river from the Torre


We went and had some lunch at a very authentic Irish pub, owned by an ex-pat New Yorker, and then headed to the train station to pick up our rental car. Our plan was to get the car and then as we headed out of the suburbs pick up a map and some food for our road trip. Except it was Sunday, in Spain.....and ALL of the grocery stores were closed.....we had no map, our small city map was now ineffective as we were off that map, we had no food no water....and I was starting to feel a bit worried, and trapped in Sevilla. We could not even locate a highway, or a sign to tell us what direction we were going.....luckily the man at the closed grocery store told us that we could find a small market open if we headed back into the city....so we did, but remember those photos of the teeny tiny streets.
...I was still very worried that we would get stuck in the one-ways and never find our way out....and then we would be stars of our own Chevy Chase movie.

Well, we found the grocery and got some food and water, but no map. No bookstores were open, no news stands, nowhere to get a map.....who needs a map anyway? We knew we needed to go south on A92 so we decided to just get on the next freeway we found and figure it out from there. I definitely calmed down once we had some food and water, and Brian remained calm the entire time, drove us into and out of the city center with style and then miraculously found just the highway we needed without breaking a sweat. He keeps telling me he is Google earth and maybe he actually is.... :)

The drive between Sevilla and Granada takes about 2 and 1/2 hours and it is beautiful.
Sevilla´s bullring
The roads are great, very new, smooth, well-marked, and the scenery is wonderful. Hills and plains of farms and olive groves, acorn and orange trees and lovely mountains and hillsides dotted with white towns in the distance. I kept taking photos out the car window but most did not capture the beauty we saw.

It was an easy trip into Granada and once we arrived we found a place to park the car for a few days and ventured into the old city center and found our hotel. It is beautiful here. Granada is surrounded by mountains, is full of cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings and the magnificent Alhambra on the hill above it all.

Brian and I wandered around Granada to get our bearings and checked out a few tapas bars, trying tapas and a drink or two at each place. Once we were full we headed back to the hotel for a good night´s sleep....tomorrow we tour Alhambra.
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Um, no I´m not waiting in that li…
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Torre del Oro
Torre del Oro
view of the Guadalquivir river fro…
view of the Guadalquivir river fr…
Sevilla´s bullring
Sevilla´s bullring
Inside the bullring
Inside the bullring
Driving to Granada, those are oliv…
Driving to Granada, those are oli…
A funny road sign
A funny road sign
Small town of white buildings
Small town of white buildings
Sevilla
photo by: JP-NED