Gallivanting & Pirouetting|A Day in Seville

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Seville is on the top of the Bucket List of every traveler to Andalusia. Here's my take on places you shouldn't be missing out on a day in Seville, Spain....

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1. Seville Cathedral

Seville was what all my friends defined as 'Being Andalusia'. After a picturesque journey via train through orchards of olives and ochre countryside, we had landed in Seville. A tummy full of tapas later, we headed in the direction of the Seville Cathedral poring over Google maps.

Trust me when I say this, the Cathedral, the third largest in the world, is awe-inspiring. It would definitely make you gawk at the level of faith people had, centuries ago, to go above and beyond, to build such a marvel for the Lord. 

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The Cathedral is also the resting place for Christopher Columbus - 'the man who discovered America'. The wall behind the alter in the Cathedral has gold filigree work with statuettes embedded, another stunning piece of art.

After a short prayer, we were off to trek the La Giralda tower.There are no stairs, however 17 floors does not make it effortless. Once at the peak of the tower, you earn the most stunning views of Seville........and if you're lucky, you can hear the church bells gonging.It fills the place with reverence. 

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2. Royal Alcazar of Seville 

Just like an oasis out of the desert. That's the mental image you create after taking a walk down the palace grounds of the Royal Alcázar of Seville -  a royal palace still in use! We were elated to be in one of the locations wherein possibly one of the scenes from The Game of Thrones might have been shot!

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3. Plaza de Espana

We headed to Plaza de España next (It was definitely getting time for rest!)We savored the spray of the fountain.....pondered, gossiped, clicked pictures.....I mischievously also wanted to take a picture, sitting on every bench present in the plaza [thankfully I overgrew the idea in a few seconds].Each individual bench had been named after a famous city in Spain and had an attraction done masterfully in tile art, at the front of the bench.After getting refreshed....were now ready for FLAMENCO. 

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 4. Museo del Baile Flamenco

The Museo del Baile Flamenco is one of the biggest tablaos in Seville. The brainchild of Christina Hoyos, a world renowned Flamenco dancer, who still guides the museum and the shows.

Chants of 'Olé' 'Olé' reverberated the room, every so often.

The ability of the dancers to carry off heavy costumes, dance with every fiber in their body and have fun at the same time is applause worthy.

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After getting tipsy on Sangria while watching the show, we finally were ready for another round of tapas and Sangria....

[P.S. Try a ride in one of the carriages, makes you feel all pompous for the entire day! Although pricey and you could give it a skip, it does provide the setting for a great picture :) ] 
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5. Metropol Parasol

Also called Incarnación's mushrooms, it's apparently the biggest wooden structure out there. Its a lovely lattice right in the middle of the city and is free to wander in.It does provide amazing shade in the scorching sun to have a lie down or watch the city pass by.There are many street food carts around the Espacio Metropol Parasol. It wouldn't be a bad idea to start your day here as well. Since we arrived in Seville mid-day on day 1, we pushed this to day 2.You could also take a long walk at the topmost level for as cheap as 3 Euros for a panoramic view of Seville! It has a restaurant as well at the top!We gave this a skip and proceeded to the Plaza de Toros next...day seville spainday seville spainday seville spainday seville spain 

6. Plaza de Toros

I've saved one of the locales I liked best for last.

There is quite an uproar about a ban to be placed on bullfighting. Whenever I ask my in-laws as to why certain festivals are celebrated I usually get the answer, 'To bring people together'. Which is a fact when it comes to bullfighting in Spain.

The gathering that ensues is riotous. It's tradition and although I would have loved seeing a real bullfight, truth be told, I'd be happy to experience the excitement rather than the gore.

Nevertheless, viewing the arena, hearing tales and checking out the museum at the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla was lively by itself.

Don't miss out!

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PRACTICAL DETAILSFor: A Day in Seville - Spain
  • For all your internal travels you can pre-book all your tickets here
  • Seville has the best attractions located, a short walk from the cathedral and that's where you should plan on staying. Even if the charges are slightly steeper than the adjoining neighborhood, you will end up saving costs, you would otherwise spend on transportation. You can definitely try the budget hotel Plaza, located 5 mins away from the Cathedral
  • Tickets to the Cathedral(and Giralda tower), Alcazaba can be obtained on the spur of the moment
  • There are no tickets required for Plaza de Espana
  • Ensure you do book tickets in advance if you're looking to catch a Flamenco show, it is worth every penny!The Museo De Baile tickets can be obtained from here.

 


 
ADDITIONAL READS

Granada is another jewel in Andalusia. Need info and inspiration to step into Granada? Check out the Alhambra and some activities in Granada.


Have you to been to Seville? What was your favorite experience?


 

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