Seville

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. 

Our train to Seville

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!

Our hotel, with the “Kissing Lane” down the way, which is a street so narrow you can kiss while standing on each side 😘


Sites: 
We walked through the old town in the afternoon and the palace, the Real Alcázar de Sevilla. 
The Catedral de Sevilla and the Giralda Bell Tower. It is the world’s largest Gothic church, with Columbus’ tomb inside. Kind of funny to show how late things operate here in Spain, Andrew and I thought we could save climbing up the bell tower of the cathedral for the morning of our departure since the bus didnt leave until 12 pm. Well, we failed to check operating hours because it doesn’t open until 11. Oops! So, we missed it but that’s our fault!
We had fun wandering the narrow streets of Seville. The city is not even close to a grid with streets winding this way and that and plenty of different colored buildings. So unique from countries in Western Europe, it really added to our enjoyment of this region of Europe.
Inside the Real Alcázar, a palace built by the Moors in the 10th century and still serving as a home for the Spanish royal family when they’re in town. Here we are standing in the Patio del León
The Courtyard of the Maidens (Patio de las Doncellas). An interesting point of information, the Real Alcázar was a Christian Ruler’s palace built in the Moorish style by Moorish artisans whereby the Alhambra was built by Moors for the Moors.
The palace had beautiful gardens in the back
The Mercury pool in the palace gardens
We figured “when in Spain” we might as well attend a Flamenco concert to see what its all about. We attended a one hour show at La Casa del Flamenco in the Barrio Santa Cruz. It was really impressive and neat to see the dance!


Eats
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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 😎

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