Give a round of applause to Seville, because even though it rocketed in visitors after being Lonely Planet City of the Year, 2017, it still maintains its jaw-dropping beauty. If there’s anywhere in Andalusia that you need to add to your bucket list, it’s here.
When Granada came to end, it was time to head west to Seville.
We were so excited to visit Seville again, it was absolutely beautiful the first time we went and we didn’t want to leave, so it was amazing that my blog brought us back here, exactly three years later.
Seville, or Sevilla, is the capital of the region of Andalusia. It’s located in the South of Spain and is one of Spain’s largest cities, with over 700,000 residents.
Seville is the home to the Guadalquivir river or El Rio Guadalquivir. Funnily enough, we actually named our dog, Rio, after this river. The Guadalquivir is the second longest river in Spain, and it is navigable from Cádiz to Seville. Back in Roman times, it was possible to navigate up to Córdoba, too.
Famous for its culture, architecture, traditions and heritage, Seville is a fantastic choice for a city break, offering everything you could ever want or need and more. The birthplace of Flamenco and the city where Fiesta de Abril comes alive just after Easter, it’s a perfect location with lots to do and see.
With a much-loved Mediterranean climate, it is one of the warmest cities in Europe. If that isn’t a reason to go and grab a tan when the weather starts cooling down, what is? Blue skies in winter aren’t uncommon. In summer, temperatures can rocket up to 40ºC but in January, it can drop down to around 10ºC.
You’ll never be bored with things to do in Seville. Seville’s point of interests can be found on every corner, the Cathedral, the Giralda Tower, the Parasol, Real Alcázar (Royal Alcázar), Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España and the Maestranza Bullfighting ring to name a few. There is something to interest everybody.
The Royal Alcázar was one of our favourite places on our previous visit, so this time we made sure to head back again. Filled with beautiful flowers and stunning architecture, it is a true representation of the historical evolution of Seville. Hidden behind the tall walls, it is an oasis in the centre of the city.
Plaza de España inside Maria Luisa Park is an unmissable spot on your visit to Seville. Just a short walk inside the park is the beautiful plaza. This is the spot where Star Wars filmed some epic scenes from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). If you’re not familiar with it, give it a quick watch on YouTube!
There is usually a miniature flamenco show, guitar performance and bubble blowing happening in the square. Hence the photo of me clapping along! You can also rent a paddle boat for €6, plus a €4 deposit here, for 35 minutes. It’s a great place to relax, kids will love it, too!