Sevilla, Spain

[ 2 ] October 18, 2011 |

As one of the most talked about cities in Spain, the buildup for Sevilla is warranted. We were excited to save this gem of a city as our last stop in Spain and our last city in Europe (for a while at least.)

traditional Sevilla

Sevilla possesses all the tradition and history you except in Spain- cathedrals, bull fighting, flamenco dancers, nuns and of course- a giant palace.

It is also a city in tune with the 21st century. Sections of town are covered with lively bars and restaurants, perfect for a lifestyle of staying out late and spending time with friends. There is developed shopping, modern hotels and even a city tram.

Thanks to facebook and some last minute planning we were lucky to get to meet up with an old HOBY friend Jason Frederick during our time in Sevilla.

Jason, Pat, Alison- Sevilla, Spain

We spent our first day walking around taking in the architecture and beauty of the city.

Sevilla, Spain

The next day we started with a stop by the famous bullring of Sevilla. The season ended just a few weeks prior to our visit so we didn’t see any action this go round.

Plaza de Toros

the Bull Fighters

We made our way to the Alcazar Palace for a proper visit- audio guide and all. The Palace is beautiful inside and out. There are gardens on an entire side of the palace with mazes and courtyards, palm trees and water features.

Alcazar Palace Sevilla

Alcazar Palace Courtyard

Alcazar Palace gardens

Later in the day we visited the Cathedral of Sevilla. We hiked up the 35 inclining ramps to the top of the Giralda. The Giralda is a former minaret that has now been converted to a bell tower for the Cathedral of Sevilla. The first two-thirds of the structure were the minaret. The upper third of the Giralda was added after Christians conquered the city in 1248. That portion was completed in Spanish Renaissance style. The entire tower is a great example of the interwoven styles of Islamic and Spanish art.

The Giralda- Spanish and Islamic Design

Cathedral of Sevilla- Roof from the Bell tower

The day after we visited the Cathedral of Seville was ironically Christopher Columbus day back in the USA. I say ironically because the Cathedral of Seville is home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus himself.

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

Mixed among Seville’s historical treasures are an abundance of tapas bars with plenty of outdoor seating.  We spent the last hours of our visit migrating from one to another tasting the town and enjoying good conversation between friends.  It was the perfect way to bid goodbye to Spain.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hey, we were just thinking about you guys, and wanted to check up and see what you’re up to now! Looking forward to seeing pictures of the tomato festival! :)

    • Pat Wilson says:

      Thanks so much for the comment Steph. Always great to hear from you guys. We are headed to Uganda tomorrow for a good 6 weeks or so. Hope all is well in your world.

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