Sunday, January 24, 2016

Travel Guide: Sevilla, Spain

All About Sevilla:
one of Spain's most picturesque cities

In 2015, I went on an impulsive 6 day trip to Portugal and Spain. In this short trip, I visited 4 cities with Seville being one of my favourites due to the scenery. I wandered around the city and got lost multiple times without a care in the world. I hope you will be able to explore Seville and experience the beauty it has to offer like I did.

  • Stroll around Plaza de España (pictured above)
    • We went during sunset and it was beautiful. It brought out all the colours of the tiles.
    • We spent about 2 hours dancing around the area taking pictures at every angle, so I would recommend reserving some time for this plaza.
  • Bike through Maria Luisa Park
    • Plaza de España is located within this public park.
    • It is a massive park with rows and rows of trees - definitely fun to bike or run through
  • Look around the Alcázar of Seville
    • This royal palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in all of Spain due to it's architecture and design. And I believe it! I even witnessed a couple take their wedding pictures there.
    • Believe it or not, but the upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family (no, you're not allowed up there haha).
  • Visit the Catedral de Sevilla
    • It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.
    • Note that the lines are relatively long so you'll need to reserve some time if you want to go inside.
  • Look up at the Giralda, a tall bell tower that sticks out of the city skyline
  • Walk up the Espacio Metropol Parasol, aka the honeycomb!
    • You'll be able to see a skyline view of Seville from the top.
  • Relax at one of the most famous spas in the city, Aire De Sevilla
  • Look up inside the Hospital de los Venerables at the beautiful paintings in this building

  • Tapas, tapas, tapas... Seville is known for their tapas & bar scene.
  • Lunch is usually around 1 to 4 pm. Dinner is usually from 8pm to 12am. 
  • It's recommended that if you want something to eat in between that time, you should head to a bakery or grocery store
    • Personally, I went to a random grocery store next to my AirBnB. I got a couple beers (35 cents a can...yeah), a bag of chips, a ready-made salad, and a pack of Spanish jamón LOL it was awesome.
  • Note that there are three tapa sizes:
    • Tapa (individual order)
    • Media raciones (half plates) 
    • Raciones (full plates)
  • If you love gelato and pass by Amorino, I highly recommend getting it as a snack. They present your gelato like a flower - it's almost too pretty to eat (almost... hehe).

  • Seville is how the city is spelled on our maps, but the city refers to itself as Sevilla.
  • Beware of the bike lanes when walking!
    • They are right next to the sidewalk, on the same level of ground. It's very easy to accidentally walk over the line.
  • Keep in mind that tipping is not expected nor is it required.
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