Oh, Sevilla! I went for the first time in the summer of 2018 and had the change to go again last weekend. I went two times for only one day from Benalmadena. This is not ideal, but surely possible!
How to get to Sevilla?
I recommend flying directly to Sevilla and stay for the whole weekend or even a week! But there are some other possibilities.
From the Costa del Sol: You can take a train to Malaga and from there a train to Sevilla. It is also possible to take an excursion and go by bus.
It is about 3 hours by car, 4 hours by bus and 3 hours by train. So this is why I advise staying for the night. But it is doable to go for one day.
From Madrid: It is even possible from Madrid. It is 2,5 hours with the train, but quite expensive. With the car, it is 5 hours. It is possible, but I don’t recommend it.
There are even excursions from Albufeira, Portugal to Sevilla!
But as the city is so beautiful and there is so much to see, plan it as a weekend trip or visit it during a round trip.
Plaza d’Espana is so beautiful and big, I can spend hours here. There are often some street artists here, so you can enjoy a flamenco show if you are lucky!
The plaza has actually a great meaning. It was built in 1928 and forms half a circle. This is because if you give a hug to someone, you form half a circle with your arms.
There are 4 bridges and each bridge stands for one of the ancient kingdoms of Spain. The bridges are over a canal, which gives Sevilla the name ‘Venice of Spain’ You can take a tour over the canal or just walk next to the water.
Each province of Spain has it’s own space on the square. They are on alphabetic order and people always take pictures of the provinces they visited.
There were even movies filmed here. You probably know Starwars II: Attack of the Clones and the Dictator.
Torre del Oro
The gold tower. First of all, the tower is located next to the river with a great view and a nice place to walk. But I also really like the story.
The reason why Torre del Oro is called like this is actually not sure. There are two possibilities.
1: The roof was made of gold and reflected gold in the sun.
2: The tower was used to store gold and silver.
The tower was used as a prison during the middle ages. It was also used as a control post for the boats that came by.
The cathedral is very famous. It is the largest cathedral in the world. The Giralda tower is 96 meters high and if you climb it, you can see the whole city.
Christopher Columbus and his son Diego are buried in the Cathedral.
Even if you do not like to visit churches and cathedrals, please visit this one. It is a beautifully built cathedral and its view of the city is amazing!
The alcázar is just amazing. It is the palace and the building is so big and amazing. The gardens are so big and beautiful and they had a pool as a bath!
The palace has been on the UNESCO list since 1987 and is one of the most famous spots in Sevilla. A few scenes of Starwars and Game of Thrones has been filmed here.
The General Archive of the Indies
First of all, again an amazing and beautiful building. It holds all the records and documentation about the overseas empires.
The archive houses over nine kilometers of shelving, more than 43.000 volumes and 80 million pages. You can also find some old stuff, like a sword, vases and a canon.
So much more!
Sevilla offers much more than these 6 amazing sites. Walk through the small streets, visit the amazing parks (and there are a lot!), Enjoy delicious food and of course, do some shopping.
Sevilla is my favorite city that I visited till now. There is so much to do and see. The weather is (almost) always good and the food (just like all the Spanish food) is amazing.
You can easily spend 3 to 5 days in Sevilla. A day tour is alright and you will see the Plaza de España and the cathedral, but that will be most. You will not have enough time to stroll the streets and try enough restaurants.
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