A little taste of the South of Spain, Sevilla
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I was in Madrid for a few days and decided to explore other parts of Spain. I heard alot of great things about Sevilla, so I decided to take a day trip down to the southwestern spanish city. Sevilla is very easily accessible, being only 2.5 hrs from Madrid by speed train.
I got to the Santa Justa Train Station in Sevilla and being that I was only had a half of the day to explore, I started toward the Old City Center. The Old City Center is only 20-30 minutes walk away from the Train Station. One of the interesting things that I soon found about Sevilla was the bicycle lanes on the city streets.
Sevilla is a very beautiful city, and the city center almost brings you back in time to the middle ages. The Old City Center is full of restaurants and shops, built around the main tourist attractions in Sevilla: The gothic cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower and Real Alcazar.
First the Gothic Cathedral is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world.
As you are climbing your way up the Bell Tower, you see the people going back down right beside you, and I noticed that they all had a smile on their faces as the walked by and I didn't know why.
After exploring the Cathedral and Bell Tower, I had to check out the other main attraction, Real Alcazar, located right next door. Real Alcazar is a palace built in the 10th century. The main part of the complex was built for King Pedro I. King Pedro I hired muslim workers from Granada to recreate that city's greatest attraction, Alhambra. (If you have a chance to go to Granada do check it out) This place has elegant courtyards, artwork, and a magestic garden full of tropical flowers and fountains.
Walking through Real Alcazar, you do get the feeling like you are back in time a littlebit, just because the estate is so well kept and different from most of the royal palaces that you might encounter. It has a very middle eastern charm, taken from the muslim influences.
After taking in most of the city center I decided to walk the narrow streets of sevilla and capture a little of the spirit of Old Sevilla. There are prenty of small family owned shops on these streets and numerous restaurants as well. After having lunch at a charming restaurant, I knew I had to visit one more place before I went back to Madrid, Plaza De Espana.
Before going to Sevilla, I saw a few photos of Plaza De Espana, and knew that I had to visit. It is a 10 min walk from Real Alcazar but it was more than worth it :) Plaza De Espana is a square, once a place where they held a World Fair, is very esquisity and picturesque.
My exploration of Sevilla is complete, I was only here one day, but I got a glimpse of some of the charm of Sevilla, from its historical origins, to its intriguing little streets, to its overall small town feel. I had the pleasure of seeing Sevilla and would suggest that you do too if you are in Madrid.