5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Seville

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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Seville

Oh Seville. I can’t tell you how many times I said “I want to retire here!” during my short trip to this orange-tree-speckled city. I wish I was there right now, drinking freshly squeezed juice in the sun.

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Thanks to a long history of different civilisations passing through, Seville is a distinct amalgamation of architectural styles. I think it’s one of the key reasons why this historically rich city is so intriguing, aside from the churros of course. Here is my list of things you cannot skip if visiting this glorious, sun-drenched part of Spain.

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5. Stroll around Plaza de España

What a sight for sore eyes. This plaza features the regional revival style, resulting in a unique landmark full of spectacular design elements. The curved government buildings span the semi-circular plaza, while a canal and four bridges give it the nickname “the Venice of Seville”.

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4. Tap your toes to a flamenco performance

Seville is the place to watch flamenco. It’s where I discovered that this powerful art form is much more than just a swishy red dress and a bit of clicking. There are over 50 different styles of flamenco (called palos) which vary widely. Some forms are danced. Some are not. Some are frivolous and fun. Some are melancholy and serious. We went to the intimate Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos, which is a venue often praised for being authentic. You could definitely feel how much heart the performers put into the show – highly recommended.

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3. Sweat it out climbing the Giralda Tower

Are you even on holiday if you don’t climb a tall building? Even though it was swelteringly hot while walking up 35 sloping ramps, the cool breeze and breathtaking panoramic view at the top made it worth the hike. The tower is part of Seville Cathedral and the 8-euro ticket will grant you access to both buildings. Interestingly, the Giralda Tower was originally built by the Moors as a minaret of a mosque. An earthquake destroyed most of the mosque, but the tower – as robust as it is beautiful – survived.

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2. Swoon at the Royal Alcázar of Seville

Wherever you turn your head in this medieval Islamic palace you’re dazzled by ornate beauty. A mix of Spanish Christian and Moorish architecture, the fusion of east and west is magical. Intricate detailing, brightly coloured mosaics, horseshoe arches, domed ceilings, tranquil gardens, a lush maze and even peacocks – you’ll find it all here.

1. Dine on churros!

It might seem cliché, but honestly I can’t think of anything sweeter than sharing fluffy churros with a pal in stunning Seville. Speaking of clichés, I learnt that sangria is not really a traditional drink in Seville, but to be honest that didn’t stop me from ordering it whenever possible. A tipple that is popular with the locals and is definitely worth trying is tinto de verano, a refreshing mix of red wine and lemon soft drink. And you can never go amiss with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the sun.

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  • Jen

    July 25, 2017

    The orange trees of Seville are beautiful aren’t they?!? Have you been to Barcelona and Valencia as well? Absolutely adore those cities too!

    • janerebecca

      July 25, 2017

      The orange trees are so special! I’ve been to Barcelona (which I love) but never to Valencia – hopefully one day soon! Thanks for your comment Jen xx

  • MimaMochi

    July 30, 2017

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed account of this wonderful city. The photos are so beautiful. It is definitely a place I would love to visit one day.

    Adrianna x | http://mimamochi.com/

    • jane rebecca

      July 30, 2017

      Thanks so much Adrianna! xx

  • the adventurer

    August 1, 2017

    yum churros! Seville looks absolutely beautiful and the architecture is breathtaking =o) I need to add Seville to my list of places to visit =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • jane rebecca

      August 5, 2017

      It is really is 🙂 totally picture perfect! xx

  • Pia

    August 2, 2017

    You had me at churros haha. But seriously, Seville sounds like such a dream! I’ll def be adding it to my list.

    🔮 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    • jane rebecca

      August 5, 2017

      Haha I know churros are dangerously delicious! xx

  • sheenalovessunsets

    August 29, 2017

    I was in Seville for only a few days but it was amazing. I would like to go back someday. Great post.

    Sheena
    http://www.sheenalovessunsets.com

    • jane rebecca

      September 1, 2017

      Same I’d love to visit Seville again 🙂 thanks for your comment Sheena!

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