A little taste of the South of Spain, Sevilla

Sevilla Travel Blog

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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.

Giralda Bell Tower, was a real pain in the ass to climb :)
  Now I heard that in many cities bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation, like in Amsterdam, and that is very true in Sevilla as well.  What was interesting was that the bicycle lanes took up more of the sidewalks than the area for padestrians to walk on.  When one walks on Sevilla city streets, they have to be aware of the bicycle traffic besides them!  I know because I nearly got hit my a few crazy bicyclists...

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.

Sevilla as seen from the top of Giralda Bell Tower.
  It is very nice, and once inside you can visit alot of interesting religious relics, see the Chapel of St. Antony, see the Antigua Chapel, and the Tomb of Christopher Columbus.  After checking all that out, I went on the tour of the Giralda Bell Tower.  It is 330 ft. climb up very narrow sloped halways that were designed for much smaller people.  To everyones horror, there was a school excursion to the Giralda Bell Tower at the exact same time as I was there, picture about 150 10 yr olds running crazy up these narrow halways, creating all sorts of havok..

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.

Real Alcazar, 10th century moorish palace built for King Pedro I
   I realized what they were smiling about, it is a real pain in the ass climbing that tower and a pleasure to walk back down, especially seeing the disgust on the faces of the new group of people walk up beside you. (you feel their pain :)

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.

Plaza De Espana

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.

A little Sevilla Charm
  Once inside, you marvel at the beauty of this semi-spherical pavilion.  On the walls you see historic scenes and maps from every Spain province from Alava to Zaragoza.  It is a quite place one can go to take in a little of the Spanish history and a great make out spot ;)

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.  

Jeff

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