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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.