I have a tradition with a friend to enjoy a weekend together once a year and this year we decided on a Seville visit and found ourselves enjoying 48 hours in this stunning place.
I have never really been to mainland Spain apart from numerous trips to Barcelona I typically enjoyed the Balearic islands like Ibiza.
Before going to Seville, I, of course, did a little bit of research. Apart from that, I have not really had any expectations. I know Seville is famous for their Tapas and Flamenco Dancing. So in this article I will outline what we did for the 48 hours we spent in Seville.
The flight connections from London Gatwick to Seville is great. Our outbound flight left at 3.30pm on a friday afternoon. We were on time which meant we arrived at our Hotel at 7pm on Friday evening. The city is small and most things are walking distance.
Almost everyone knows that nothing starts filling up until 10pm at night anyway so we decided to venture out and just orientate ourselves and enjoy/soak up the culture. That night we got lost, which is great we understood the next day where we were. We ended up seeing great sites, having Vino Pinto and listened to Jazz at the wonderful Naima Jazz Cafe. Which lead us to Almeda de Hercules, a wonderful tapas area around a big square. Exhausted we’re back at the hotel to recharge our batteries.
The hotel had a hearty breakfast, so we “stocked up” and got ready for a day of exploring. We walked everywhere this day. My Garmin Vivoactive HR showed we clocked up 27 000 steps this day.
Our first stop was going to the Triana district. With no/limited knowledge of this town, we discovered that this is where the famous Spanish pottery was made. Crossing the river at Pointe de Isabel II we were faced with the most amazing Museo Del Castillo De San Jorge. By this time we had a wonderful feeling about this city and started to fall in love with it. The sight of the tower really just confirmed what was lying ahead for the day.
Triana district did not disappoint with loads of cafe’s, bars, restaurants but I would say there were two things that stood out for me:
- The Pottery – there are loads of pottery shops around, go in and enjoy it. We also visited the Ceramic museum which was good to do.
- For me, the highlight of this area was the food hall Mercado de Triana. This was well worth the visit. Be sure to try some of the local food and drink here.
Be sure to add this to your list when you visit Seville.
Catedral de Sevilla
From the Triana district, we walked to the Catedral. Now I have been to Rome to the largest cathedral – St. Peters Basilica and also to the second largest St. Pauls Cathedral in London. I did not know that Catedral de Sevilla are actually the 3rd largest church in the world. This was a magnificent cathedral and enjoyed this visit more than her bigger sisters.
It’s well worth spending some time here when you visit Seville. We were here for a number of hours. The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering back to the hotel through the wonderful little streets. Enjoying a little drink here and there 😉
Museo del Baile Flamenco
Before leaving the UK I booked two tickets for the Flamenco museum and a show afterwards. Our show started at 7pm so after we freshened up at the hotel we made our way to the museum and enjoyed the history of Flamenco. Arrive a bit earlier than your show, it gets busy before each show and therefore the experience in the museum is not as relaxed and you end up skipping quite a bit of the exhibition as it’s just too busy, saying that, it’s well worth a visit when in Seville. The show was everything you can expect from a flamenco show. I would encourage you to book tickets in advance, it was sold out for all the shows the day we were there.
After the museum, we walked back through the small streets to the tapas square at Alameda de Hercules. We had dinner at an awesome tapas restaurant Al Aljibe that I would recommend to anyone, visit this place for a relaxed no-rushed dinner, just wonderful. Back to the hotel, to relax and kick those shoes off.
Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar de Sevilla – the reason to visit Seville
We spent our last few hours in this ever enchanting city to visit Plaza de España and Real Alcázar de Sevilla.
If you only have limited time, make your way to this side of town and spent some time here. We truly left the best for last. Plaza de España is well worth spending time at, the structure itself is impressive but so are the gardens around.
From Plaza de España we walked to Real Alcázar de Sevilla. This I would truly put down as the pièce de résistance, it is a wonderful place to visit and you can spend more than a day just exploring the structures and the gardens. We spent most of the afternoon here. Be sure to add this to your list when you visit Seville.
This concluded our visit to the city. The rest of the afternoon we spent our last few hours at Naime Jazz Cafe. I would 100% recommend this cafe when you visit Seville; and support the artist!
I loved Seville so much that I have booked to visit this city again. There is so much more to see and I haven’t had time to explore and see everything I wanted too. This city has impressed me and really attracted. Now I must say, I