There’s no Andalusia trip – short or long – without Sevilla. The capital city of Andalusia is Spain’s fourth largest city. But it has the largest Old Town of the country and one of the largest in Europe.
Therefore, it was totally clear for us, we wouldn’t make it seeing all in one afternoon or evening. The queues in front of the cathedral or the Alcázar palace alone make it impossible.
City trip Sevilla
At our short road trip, we definitely wanted to see the Alcázar and the Plaza de España. For the first impression our time in Sevilla was enough. If you want to see it all, you should plan a whole weekend.
Actually we’re looking forward to coming back. The cathedral and the orange court want to be admired from up at the Giralda.
Hotel in the Old Town Barrio Santa Cruz
As your walk through the Old Town will be long enough, we highly recommend you to book your accommodation there. Despite that, Barrio Santa Cruz has a great atmosphere.
We can recommend you Hotel Zaida. Read more about it here!
Game of Thrones City
Some information for the nerds: The beautiful places we know from Dorne were shot in Sevilla. If you’re unlucky, they’re in the city filming and you can’t visit certain sights. Afterwards you can say, you weren’t just in Sevilla, but also in Dorne.
In our opinion, the wooden construction doesn’t really fit in the cityscape of Sevilla. But this doesn’t make it less interesting.
It was finished in 2011 and is the largest wooden construction in the world (26m high, 150m long and 70m wide). Metropol Parasol was built at place of the former market hall.
Downstairs you’ll find shops, bars, restaurants and a little market. Upstairs there’s a platform to enjoy the view over the city and walk along the ways of the construction.
We really loved it here.
The Alcázar Palace
This was our main reason to come to Sevilla. We saw it so many times on pictures and were really happy now to have seen it live.
The medieval king’s palace from Sevilla has its roots in Moorish times. There’s no second view needed. Originally it was a Moorish fortress and was built to a palace by the Almodohars. The modern part was added in the 14th century. We didn’t like the Gothic elements here as they weren’t really fitting to the rest. *grumble*
The oriental influence and the beautiful gardens of the palace don’t attract so many people for no reason. There were really a lot of people here. It’s annoying on the one hand. On the other hand, we can’t blame them. It’s not only us wanting to see the world’s heritage.
The Pation de las Doncellas and the Salón de Embajadores were what we loved most.
The Spanish Royal Family still resides in this palace, when they’re in the city.
Plaza de España
This square is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen so far. It’s formed in a half circle, 200m wide and was finished in 1928. Films like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ were shot here.
The square symbolizes the embracement of the Southern American Colonies by Spain. We loved the ornamented tiles at the walls, which remind of Spain’s 48 provinces.
We were walking along the square, but the Sevilla bench was always occupied. Well, other provinces are beautiful, too.
Barrio Santa Cruz
The Old Town of Santa Cruz has a great atmosphere. It’s full of life and has many restaurants and taverns. You can spend awesome evenings here.
If you know some great Tapas bars, just tell us. We’ve already started collecting for our next Sevilla trip!