Favorite thing: The people of Seville are tasteful dressers and take pride in their appearance. As tourists it is important for us to respect those desires and try to dress appropriately for the place we wish to visit or be seen in. When trying to gain entrance to the Sevilla Cathedral please be aware that you cannot wear t shirts or shorts. At the Royal Alcazar they are a little more flexible but we saw at least one man not being allowed to enter who was wearing shorts and a torn t-shirt.
Do not hire a car from Europcar.
We booked and prepaid for 10 days of a Mercedes car. We paid extra for after hours pick-up, and yet when we arrived in the early afternoon to that unspeakable town, they were closed and they nor the 800 line were picking up their phone.
We then had two choices. Spend 400 Euro to get a driver to bring us to Sevilla, where our hotel reservation was for the night, or wait 4 hours for a 4-hour long bus. We chose the latter.
We had 2 days to spend in Sevilla. One of those days was spent almost in entirety on the phone with customer service trying to work out the situation. In the end, we were told that we would be refunded. But a month later, after we returned home, we received a letter (after many inquiries) that we would not be receiving so much as a dime in refund.
Do NOT use Europcar. There is a recession, and they plan to get there money in any way possible!!
Fondest memory: El Ronconcillo ! ! ! What an amazing time! It almost made up for the Europcar disaster.
Previous to our visit to Sevilla, we had spent two nights in Granada with Sue's sister, where we toured the world-famous Alhambra. We left there for Sevilla late on a Sunday morning and further slowed ourselves down by stopping off in Antequera along the way for a few hours. It was well worth it to enjoy a look at this small and picturesque city as well as the rugged and amazing limestone rock formations of the nearby El Torcal Nature Park. On the map, this diversion was about where the 'orange' road from Torremolinos (Malaga) comes up from the coast and meets our inland highway.
As can be seen on the terrain map, the countryside from there to Sevilla is in a wide river valley and is not nearly as dramatic as the coastal and Granada areas we had seen so far in the trip, but it was still interesting just to see the differences! After our two nights in Sevilla, we headed straight south for our next stop on the Atlantic Ocean coast, just across Bahia de Cadiz from the city of Cadiz. This city rose to prominance as a result of Sevilla's Guadalhivir River to the Atlantic gradually silting up - eventually forcing the development of an ocean port on the coast there instead of the previous direct shipping route to Sevilla.
* Plaza del Triunfo, 1 (main pic)
- Tel.: (+34) 954 21 00 05 / 902 07 63 36
- Fax: (+34) 954 21 08 58
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet: www.turismosevilla.org
*Aeropuerto/Airport de San Pablo. Autopista de San Pablo, s/n
- Tel.: (+34) 954 44 91 28
- Fax: (+34) 954 44 91 29
- E. mail: email@example.com
- Internet: www.andalucia.org
*Estación de Santa Justa / Avd. Kansas City, s/n (railway station)
- Tel.: (+34) 954 78 20 02
- Fax: (+34) 954 82 20 21
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet: www.andalucia.org
*Avda. Constitución, 21 B (second pic)
- Tel.: (+34) 954 787 578
- Fax: (+34) 954 787 579
- E. mail: email@example.com
- Internet: www.andalucia.org
*Plaza de San Francisco, s/n - Ayto. de Sevilla (Museo de la Logia) (City Hall)
- Tel.: (+34) 954 59 01 88
- Fax: (+34) 954 59 01 88
- Internet: www.turismo.sevilla.org
*Calle (street) Arjona, 28. Naves del Barranco (third pic)
- Tel.: (+34) 902 194 897
- Fax: (+34) 954 229 566
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet: www.turismo.sevilla.org
* Some more websites:
Favorite thing: Sevilla is extremely hot in Summer, so, I recommend to avoid those months. In Winter, the weather is quite mild (at least when I went, Jan. '09), however, heavy rains can show up all of a sudden (as they did during my stay), so, check the Weather before you go.
"Seville, is a pleasant city, famous for oranges and women."
"The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it. "
"The city is as large as Seville or Cordova; its streets, I speak of the principal ones, are very wide and straight; some of these, and all the inferior ones, are half land and half water, and are navigated by canoes. "
"There are fully forty towers, which are lofty and well built, the largest of which has fifty steps leading to its main body, and is higher than the tower of the principal tower of the church at Seville. "
Favorite thing: With Seville having a Mediterranean climate, the area can get quite hot during the summer months with temperatures going as high as even 45C, although an average would be 26C. Spring is a pretty time to visit with the Jacaranda trees being in bloom and the temperatures are quite pleasant. The winters are quite mild and most of the rainfall happens during fall.
Favorite thing: There are not a lot of public pay toilets in Seville and cafés are probably the best place to try or department stores. Some restaurants and bars will request you to be a customer but others won’t mind. The odd street convenience I saw such as this one was very modern and it was on Plaza Nueva. The Spanish word for toilets is ‘Los Servicios’.
Christopher Columbus was not born in Sevilla, and he did not die here, but still he is a very important person in Sevilla's history. He was an Italian serving the Spanish king and queen and they were the ones granting him the ships to sail the Atlantic.
Christopher Columbus is buried in the Cathedral of Sevilla, but only after a long journey back and forth..... , but that is another story!
All over the place you will see the red flag or symbol with the NO 8 DO inscription in it. It is the city flag of Sevilla and it actually is a rebus:
the 8 looks like a skein of wool, which is called a madeja in Spanish. The motto, therefore, is a rebus, reading "NO madeja DO," a play on the sentence, "No me ha dejado," or "she [the city] has not abandoned me [the king]".
The motto, according to various legends, refers either to the city's support of King Alfonso X in a 13th-century war with his son, Don Sancho or places the phrase in the mouth of Ferdinand III while riding into the city after expelling the Moors in 1248.
If money is tight, you might want to save whenever possible. And there are ways to save money:
- be sure to have your International Student Card at hand, because there usually are reductions for students
- pensioners are usually entitled for a reduction as well
- quite a few times citizens of the European Union got a reduction or even free entrance, so be sure to always have your passport/ID card with you
- the visit of the Archivo de Indias is free - and it is worthwhile!
- if you want to visit the Cathedral, but do not want to pay the entrance fee, you can go there and attend a mass or go there shortly before 11 a.m. (maybe 15 minutes earlier) - you might be able to sneak in to get a very short impression, before they ask you to leave again...
- on the "Long Night of the Museums", which is held once a year (in 2008 it was on September 19), you have free entrance into most museums - plus they have extra performances. So check it out!
- eat tapas - they are delicious and rather inexpensive!! Oftentimes we paid around 10 € for the two of us and that included a beer plus enough food to make both of us happy!!!
- walk - it saves money and is the best means of transportation in Sevilla anyway!
Sevilla has one huge UNESCO World Heritage site, which actually consists of three complexes: the Cathedral with the Giralda, the Alcazar and its gardens and the Lonja, which now houses the Archivo de Indias.
Here is what the official UNESCO inscription states:
Together these three buildings form a remarkable monumental complex in the heart of Seville. The cathedral and the Alcázar – dating from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century and imbued with Moorish influences – are an exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads as well as that of Christian Andalusia. The Giralda minaret is the masterpiece of Almohad architecture. It stands next to the cathedral with its five naves; the largest Gothic building in Europe, it houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The ancient Lonja, which became the Archivo de Indias, contains valuable documents from the archives of the colonies in the Americas.
You will notice that everywhere you will find the most beautiful tiles in Sevilla - no matter if it is just a courtyard, an outside marker of a special site, on the ceiling, on the floor, on stairs - everywhere!
Just a reminder to keep your eyes open for these little tidbits that you can find just everywhere, not only in the Alcazar!
Favorite thing: One of the much overlooked things that we liked about Spain was that there always seemed to be a bench to sit down and rest your weary feet. This was especially true for tourists who do a LOT of walking. Zohara found this ornate bench in a shady square somewhere in the old section of Sevilla and could not resist taking advantage of the opportunity.
Favorite thing: We have a custom in our family which was begun by our daughter Tal. In each and every country we visit we greet some of the local police and take our photograph with them, these are the people who are keeping us safe.
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