CONTRIBUTED BY TEANNA SIDLES
That’s the best way to describe it. I absolutely loved Seville and cannot say enough great things about it. Friday morning we woke up, had something to eat, and stopped off in Tarifa for a “quick” souvenir pick up. Finally after what felt like forever, we found our shot glass and magnet, got some gas and we were off to Seville.
Seville, or Sevilla as the natives call it, was the city I was most excited to see. Rick Steves had a snapshot book of Seville, so I knew it had to be great! It did not disappoint! We took the scenic route following the coastal highway to get up to Seville and saw the beauty that is Southern Spain.
Once we got settled into the hotel and found a map of Seville, it was a beautiful day and we were ready to explore. Our first stop was the Plaza De Espana. The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges that represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the center is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.
We walked around the Plaza de Espana for a bit, but could have spent hours walking around. We ended up coming back the next day before heading out to get more pictures.
After leaving the Plaza we decided to head towards the Seville Cathedral. We ended up taking a stroll next to the University and finally found our way to the main strip. You know how I knew it was the main strip? Starbucks! Actually within 3 blocks we found 3 Starbucks’. It was like being back in the states. But what really made me happy was finding a Dunkin’ Donuts! They didn’t have any curlers or Munchkin’s but they did have Kit-Kat donuts!
Just around the corner was the Seville Cathedral. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
Funny story, we walked around the whole perimeter of the Cathedral and could not find the entrance! So we just settled for taking pictures outside and hitting up all the souvenir shops.
On the way to the Toro, we found the Torre Del Oro. The Torre was the departure point for Christopher Columbus´s fleet in his first and fourth voyages to discover America. It was also the point of departure to the first cruise around the world on 1519-1522 period under the orders of Magellan.
We continued down the road to the Plaza de Toros. This bullring is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest and most important in the world. Although many of the younger generation in Spain abhor the sport, it remains phenomenally popular, especially in Seville, and the ‘Catedral del Toreo’ is the perfect place to experience the electric atmosphere of a corrida (bullfight).
We chose to walk around and followed the crowd of people into the stadium. There were hundreds of people that filled the entire stadium. I think it was a kid’s day because there were adults with bull horns letting the little children Toro, also horses for children to ride, and even news cameras. It was an amazing experience being in the middle of the stadium.
Leaving the Toro there was a stand outside selling sombreros, so of course Drew and I both got one. The guy said it was a Sevilla custom to have hats (I really wanted one since I forgot mine at home and Drew wanted one as well, maybe he was just trying to make a sale, either way they were only 5€ and worth it).
Note: Teanna originally published a longer version of this article, which you can read here on her website.
Tips For Your Trip:
Plaza De Espana Address:
Av de Isabel la Católica
41004 Sevilla, Spain
Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla):
Daily: 0800-1400 / 1600-1900
Av. de la Constitución, s/n
41004 Sevilla, Spain
Torre del Oro:
Monday – Friday: 0930-1845
Saturday – Sunday: 1030-1845
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, s/n
41001 Sevilla, Spain
Plaza de Toros:
Hours and entrance depend on the event of the day
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12
41001 Sevilla, Spain