Favorite thing: Graffitti, street artists, defacers, whatever you want to call this type of thing, in many cases it would be termed ART if it was in what most people think of as "its proper places", on a canvas in a museum for instance. These we found on several bridges as we walked along the river.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: The Tapas legend is on its way out apparently....When we studied up on Spain before our trip we learned that "Tapas" meant "covering" and its origin was from the pubs when you ordered a beer you would get a small dish to cover the beer glass and the "custom" was to put a little something in the dish to eat, hence the "Tapas". This food was only a few bites, but it was free with the ordering of a beer.
We searched for this in most of the towns we visited, and every beer I ordered came WITHOUT a tapas...with ONE exception and that was in Granada. Here in Sevilla the Tapas "bars" served three types of tapas, the "mini", the semi and the full. The mini as you see them in the photo is only two bites per piece but still cost 2-3 EURO EACH....the full tapas ran as much as 16-20 EURO and even it was not a real meal. Prices varied around Andalucia between 1.5 Euro all the way up to 22 Euro, depending on what you were getting and WHERE you were getting it, but the "free meal" seems to be no more.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Palace of San Telmo
Favorite thing: The Palace of San Telmo, built in 17th and 18th century is one of the most beautiful examples of Sevillian baroque style. It was difficult to capture it all in one photo - best viewed from across the road to appreciate it all and then study some closer details. It is usesd as the Anadalucian Regional Parliament building.
La Noria - Sevilla's Big Wheel
Favorite thing: I had a sprained foot which was quite sore and curtailed my normal fast paced city touring , hence this big wheel, Sevilla's newest attraction was a good opportunity to see the layout of Sevilla without too much effort. Perhaps a bit pricey at 8 euros for 3 revolutions, lasting some 12 minutes but the views were great - especially of the cathedral and onto the Plaza de Espania. This ferris wheel is located in the Prado de San Sebastian. Apparently its a temporary attraction and will later be moved to another city - so even more glad to have had a ride on it!Related to:
- Family Travel
Walls and Towers
Favorite thing: It was the Romans who constructed Sevilla's first city defences but the Moors, the Almoravids, who ruled Andalucia in the 11th and 12th centuries, were responsible for the simple but defensively effective 6km-long walls. Originally there were 166 watchtowers and nine gates, today however only three gates remain: Puerta de Córdoba, Puerta Macarena and Postigo del Aceite. Towers which caa be seen include the Torre de Oro (Golden Tower), by the river, the Torre de Plata (Silver Tower) and the Torre Blanca (White Tower). Pictured here is the Torre de Oro - the inside of which contains a naval museum.Related to:
- Museum Visits
MONUMENT TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Favorite thing: Located in the Jardines De Murillo and erected in 1921 is the MONUMENT TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. The monument has a height of 23 metres. In the middle of the concrete columns is a bronze replica of the Santa Maria, the ship 'CRISTOBAL COLON' as he is known in Spanish, sailed to the Americas in 1492.
Actually our walking tour began here, after being let off the bus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke four languages.Related to:
- Family Travel
Consulates - Consulados
Favorite thing: If you have any problem or need you can contact with your Consulate in Seville
Australia: Federico Rubio 14 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 220 971
Austria: Cardenal Ilundain, 18 - 1 - 5ºF 41013 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 987 476
Belgium / Bélgica: Fabiola, 10 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 220 087
Brasil: Francisco Carrión Mejías 4 41003- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 127 084
Chile: C/ La Rábida 3 -41013- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 231 293
Colombia: Paseo de las Delicias s/n 41012- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 297 071
Costa Rica: San Fernando, 11 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 215 919
Cuba: Blas Infante, 6 - Edif. Urbis 8º 41011- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 278 004
Denmark / Dinamarca: Avda. Palmera nº 19. Edificio Winterthur 2, 1º -41013- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 296 819
Dominican Republic / República Dominicana: Virgen de Lujan, 47 - 1ºA 41011 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 270 034
Ecuador: Benito Más y Prats 7, bajo d. 41005- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 570 619
El Salvador: Castelar, 7. 41001- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 987 077
Germany / Alemania: c/ Fernández y González, 2-2°. Edificio Allianz 41001- Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 23 02 04
Ivory Coast / Costa de Marfil: Avda. Ramón y Cajal 68 -41005- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 629 011
Finland / Finlandia: Adriano 45, 2ºB 41001- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 614 149
France / Francia: Plaza de Santa Cruz 1 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 222 896
Greece / Grecia: Acueducto, 4-6 Polígono Industrial Carretera de La Isla 41700 - Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 419 000
Honduras: Camino Alcarraites, s/n - Sanlúcar la Mayor (Sevilla).
Teléfono: 955 700 579
Iceland / Islandia: San Florencio 4, 1ºA 41018- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 579 811
Ireland / Irlanda: Plaza de Santa Cruz 4 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 216 361
Italy / Italia: Fabiola, 10 41004 - Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 228 576
Latvia / Letonia: Macarena, 4 41003 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 372 376
Luxembourg / Luxemburgo: Paraíso, 1 - 7ºC 41010 - Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 284 821
Malta: Asunción, 76 - 1º Izq. 41011 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 270 283
Mexico: San Roque, 6-8 41004 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 563 944
Morocco / Marruecos: Camino de los Descubrimientos, s/n "Pabellón de la Naturaleza" 41092 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 081 551
Neetherlands / Países Bajos: Placentines, 1 41001- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 228 750
Norway / Noruega Virgen de la Regla, 21 41011 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 954 275 442
Perú: Pabellón de Perú Avda. de María Luisa s/n 41013- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 232 819
Phillipines / Filipinas: Gravina, 9 41001- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 281 771
Portugal: Pabellón de Portugal. Avda. del Cid 1 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 231 150
Russia / Rusia: Crtra. Camas-Santiponce Km. 3,700 41970 - Sevilla
Teléfono: 955 999 910
Sweden / Suecia: Santillana, 10 41004- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 212 954
United Kingdom / Reino Unido: Urb. Aljamar. Av. del Aljarafe, Manzana 7 - casa 145 41940- Tomares (Sevilla).
Teléfono: 954 155 018
United States / Estados Unidos: Paseo de las Delicias 7 41012- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 231 885
Uruguay: Imagen, 9 -3ºB 41003- Sevilla.
Teléfono: 954 215 921
Using postal services - Servicios postales
Favorite thing: If you want to send a letter or postcard from Seville you can put your envelope into any post-box or you can go to any of the 19 post officies (Correos) in town to buy your stamps or to order any special service, have your own P.O. Box, etc. One way or another you can buy stamps in any "estanco" (tobacco shops).
Si quieres mandar una carta o postal desde Sevilla puedes meter tu sobre en cualquier buzón o dirigirte a cualquiera de las 19 oficinas de Correos de la ciudad para comprar sellos o pedir algún servicio especial, tener tu propio apartado postal, etc.. De cualquier manera puedes comprar sellos en los "estancos" (tiendas de tabaco)
The main office is:
Avenida de la Constitución, 32
Tel: 95 422 47 60
Opening hours (of this particular office) - Horas de apertura (de esta oficina en particular)
Mondays to Fridays / Lunes a viernes: 8:30-22:00
Saturdays / Sábados: 9:30-22:00
Sundays / Domingos: 12:00-22:00
EL COSTURERO DE LA REINA
Favorite thing: Located in the Parque de Maria Luisa, EL COSTURERO DE LA REINA was once part of the Palace of San Telmo. Today this colourful building is home of Presidence of the Junta De Andalucia and also houses the Tourist Info Office.
Address: Paseo de las Delicias 9
95 423 44 65Related to:
- Family Travel
PALACE OF SAN TELMO
Favorite thing: The architecutural style of the PALACE OF SAN TELMO is Neo-classical and it used to be the residence of the Dukes of Mompansier. On the death of the only heir, their daughter Maria Luisa, the Palace was donated to the Archbishop so that the Seminary could be installed there.
The Gardens were donated to the Seville Town Council and were turned into a park which today bears the name MARIA LUISA PARK.
Today the Presidency of the Autonomous Government of Andalucia is installed in the building.Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Although AZULEJOS come in a variety of colors, they are most commonly associated with blue. Nobles and the merchant class adorned rooms, terraces and gardens of the palaces and mansions with Azulejos. The fashion for blue and white tiles is believed to be the result of imports of Ming porcelain from China.
The art of creating them was brought to Spain by the Moors. Azulejos comes from the Arab word az-zulayj meaning 'stone'. Later the art of glazing was further developed and the tiles had several colors in one tile.
I guess you could say that I was fascinated with the Azulejos. They were just so pretty.Related to:
- Family Travel
PLAZA DEL TRIUNFO
Favorite thing: Erected to commemorate the 1755 earthquake. The city of Sevilla was spared from major damage and it was believed that Mother Mary protected the city. So this monument located in the PLAZA DEL TRIUNFO was built in her honour with a statue of Mother Mary.Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Ok, so I keep seeing references made to MUDEJAR ARCHITECTURE. What exactly is it? Developed in the 12th century and influenced by Islamic traditions, MUDEJAR reflects various contemporary European styles, particularly the Moorish. Primarily used up until the early 17th century, it is characterized by an extremely refined and inventive use of brick and glazed tiles in architecture, especially in the belfries.
For more information you can check out the website www.arteguias.com/mudejar.htm
Fondest memory: Also pictured here is the Alcazaba in Malaga, also in Mudejar style architecture.Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: "La lluvia en Sevilla es una maravilla". So says the Spanish pronunciation practice. (like "the rain in spain falls mainly on the plain".)
But it is not. When it rains in Seville, there are not many things to do, particularly with small children. Fortunately, for most of the year, the rain is not common.Related to:
- Family Travel
Why walk the Via de la Plata ??
Favorite thing: Why walk "The Via de la Plata" is the question that I have been asked the most times !!
Well the answer I suppose is that it was natural progression, as I had previously walked "The Camino Frances and The Camino Ingles and the fact that I was looking for another and longer Camino to walk then the Via de la Plata seemed the obvious choice -- 1,000k from Seville to Santiago de Compostela and practically the whole of Spain in a south to north direction so All sorts of variety of scenery, people, local food, wine and traditions to experience !!
Also fellow V.T. member "zumodemango" had sent me a magazine with the route described and some Wonderful pics -- so Yes I was hooked !!
Was it Good -- YES -- the pics give you some idea -- But the best thing to do is Just do it !!Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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