Hello everyone, as usual we are starting this month off by travelling, and this time let me transport you to the Andalusian warmth, to be more precise: Seville. Seville is a gorgeous city that has such a rich history. From its world famous Giralda (the bell tower of the cathedral) to its Arabian style palaces it’s a must to visit! So here is my list of places to visit, have lunch and have a beer, as well as go shopping!
Ok, so it’s the most visited monument of the city as well as one of the largest and most impressive cathedrals in the world. The Giralda was built in the 15th century on the the site of a 12th century mosque. The most famous sights in the cathedral are the dazzling gilded altarpiece and the tomb of Christopher Columbus. More tombs can be found in the crypt under the altar, where Castilian kings and queens from the 13th and 14 century were buried. Make sure that you also visit the bell tower of the Cathedral, the Giralda. It is the most famous landmark in Seville. The tower was originally built at the end of the 12th century as the minaret of a large mosque built by the Moors.
Just next to the Cathedral is the Palacio del Real Alcazar, which is an absolute gem, this is a must-see!It is the Royal Palace of Seville, a magnificent complex of patios and halls in different architectural styles, from Mudéjar to Gothic. Over the years, various monarchs kept expanding the palace, resulting in a diverse complex with different architectural styles. The top floor of the palace is still actively used by the Royal Family.
The magnificent Casa de Pilatos, is one of the most intriguing buildings in Seville. It was built in the early 16th century in an amalgam of Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar styles. Intriguingly, the royal palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli is commonly known as the House of Pilate. The name can be traced back to the first Marquis of Tarifa, who, on his trip to Jerusalem discovered that the distance from his house to a small temple at Cruz del Campo was the same as the distance between the former house of Pontius Pilate and the Golgotha (the biblical name of the place where Jesus was crucified). Back at home, the Marquis created a Way of the Cross with twelve stops along the path to the temple. Hence people started to identify the palace with the House of Pilate and over time it became referred to as such.
The Maria Luisa Park is the largest park in Seville and one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Plaza de España is one of the park’s most popular attractions and was the centerpiece of the expo. The architect was Anibal Gonzalez, from Seville, and it is a mixture of Art Deco and Mudejar. There is a moat that has four bridges across it. The palace has two large towers and there are sections with benches with beautiful tile work (azulejos) that represent each of the provinces of Spain. In the center of the plaza is a very large and beautiful fountain.
When it comes to food, everywhere is delicious, but make sure to stop off at the Rinconcillo, Founded in 1670, needless to say that this is a MUST to visit and eat! Take in the decor, the smells, the sounds and the history (Cervantes used to eat here)!
Shopping is the best in the Tetaun and Sierpes streets with international and local brands. Basically, make sure that when you go to Seville you explore every corner, every street and every church, as each one hides wonders.