Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) was our last stop in Spain. It’s one of the top cities to visit in Andalucia, but we also chose it as there is a bus from Seville to take us into the Algarve in Portugal (beaches!), which is the next spot on our itinerary. We had less than 24 hours planned but we still managed to see quite a bit!
Transportation: We had booked a train to take us from Granada to Seville but we arrived at the station in Granada to discover this section of the train tracks is closed for construction. Luckily, the station was prepared and immediately diverted us on to a cramped but air conditioned bus which took us 1.5 hours to the city of Santa Clara where we then caught up with the train. Overall it took about 4 hours to get between cities but it was all on time and worked smoothly.
Accommodation: We stayed at the Hotel Murillo in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which is in the heart of the old city. It was a nice little hotel on a cute narrow street and even had a rooftop terrace. It was only EUR 55 a night, which made it a steal!
Sites: We walked through the old town in the afternoon and the palace, the Real Alcázar de Sevilla.
Dinner Thursday was at La Azotea, another Rick Steve’s recommendation (gotta love that guy!) It was a more modern take on traditional Spanish tapas, which was a nice change from our typical meal of the last week. I don’t have any pictures but we managed to get a table on the street which was ideal for people watching and the food was amazing, coupled with a server who really treated us well and introduced us to some delicious Spanish wines. I would definitely recommend this place!
So, that’s it! We’re done with our time in Spain as we’re now on the bus and headed to cross the border to Portugal. Spain charmed us with it’s delicious food, tasty wine, rich history and vibrantly colorful cities in the south. I wish we could stay longer, but I admit I’m ready to take a break from being a tourist and to hit the beaches of the Algarve to relax and catch some rays 😎