Magical atmosphere, Sevilla
Favorite thing: The city surprising me how it is possible to survive in the summer-time in that temperature. Locals were frightening me with 50 degrees and more during the day time. I think I was brave enough to survive in this temperature which is shown :) I was frightening them with our winters in Lithuania :) Sevillanos – tieneis que venir aqui a Lituania el invierno :) para vosotros creo que es algo especifico, como para mi estar alli en Sevilla con 44 grados por la tarde…
Fondest memory: The garden of Casa Pilatos earned an especial place among my memories from Sevilla, something remarkable if you take into account the fascinating collection of romantic spots that the city treasures. The beautiful configuration of the garden, the lively colors, the fragrance and freshness of its patios and fountains. An authentic jewel for the senses, indeed.
Favorite thing: It was fascinating (at least for me), to see how different Sevilla looked by day and by night. For more that I loved the light, the colors, the ambiance of the morning activity of the city, the dark, little streets of Sevilla downtown had something "special" by night... some romantic quality, if you like. At the turn of every corner, there could be a half illuminated neighborhood church, of the image of a virgin, of a group of chaps playing guitar in the middle of the streets, or a young couple looking for solitude. Many things could be found on those empty streets while trying to get lost.
One of the great pleasures in Sevilla, is just wandering around on your own voyage of discovery. It seems that around every corner there is something new to see, something unusual or just pleasent on the eye. The style of construction, the colours, or just events taking place among the local population. If you are there during Easter or during the April feria then so much more is taking place to catch the eye.
I illustrate this tip with just a view of a local building facade, but where else except Andalucia would you find these wonderful colour combinations in the buildings. Yellows and red ochres predominate, but others can be seen.
Favorite thing: Sevilla is a great place to go with a significant other, especially if you're looking for something more low key and less glitzy. It is a romantic place that moves at a slow pace, and we were only there for about 2 days.
Favorite thing: It is absolutely forbidden to leave Sevilla without trying sangrias from various bars and restaurants in the city! Try to look for ones that are made in-house; some of the ones that we had tasted like they were made with a mix rather than almost from scratch.
Seville is a very old city, even before from the roman culture. During this time Seville was known as Hispalis, name that continue in use in many enviroment, like the University, many times referes as "La Universidad Hispalense".
Fondest memory: Seville is also one of the most traditional and classical cities of Spain. Most of the topics of Spain come from Seville or Andalusia.
But Seville is of course, as a big city, a city of changes and negocies and in the last time intercultural people. Shops of any fashion can be found in Seville and many big comercial centers are found. To relax, to leave or to visit, Seville is a very nice city.
As I say on all of the places that I visit.... Look up, look around, open your eyes and see .
This city has some of the best looking windows you will find anywhere and some of the most beautiful decorations that are, for the people of Seville just a every day part of life.
Fondest memory: We have a favorite place that we like to go and drink sangria and sit and watch the world go by. It is in a little square in the Santa Cruz area of the old city and is a stone throw away from the Alcazar as well as the shopping area.
Favorite thing: I followed my usual travel pattern and visited in the off-season when prices and crowds are down, but I still was able to see some of the beautiful blossoms that Sevilla is known for. The gardens of the Alcazar are particularly beautiful and I can imagine that the springtime would be spectacular. I was in Sevilla in December and I had clear blue skies three out of four days. The temperature was between 10 and 15 Celsius, or roughly 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Favorite thing: When the weather is right, Sevillanos will be out in force enjoying their beautiful city at sidewalk cafes. The area around the cathedral is full of restaurants and bars, but you'll find them all over the city.
Favorite thing: This Diego Velasquez statue in Barrio Santa Cruz, exemplifies Sevilla's proud artistic tradition. In addition to Velasquez, the painter Murillo was also a native of Sevilla. The poets Antonio Machado and Gustavo Adolfo Becquer were born here and arguably the most famous hero in the world of literature, Cervantes's Don Quijote, started his adventures from Sevilla. Molina's seductive Don Juan did much of his wooing here and Rossin's Figaro, that famous barber of Sevilla, was set in the Barrio Santa Cruz. And, of course, Bizet's most famous heroine, Carmen met Don Jose in Sevilla.
Favorite thing: History has shaped Sevilla into a colorful tapestry of varying architectural styles. Once inhabited by the Romans and later held by the Moors, Sevilla benefited from many cultural influences that are evidenced today by sights like this Mudejar tower. I enjoyed being able to see classical Greek columns, Baroque facades and Moorish arches all within five minutes of each other on the streets of Sevilla.
Sevilla is probably what you think of when you imagine the romantic side of Spain. Whitewashed houses, bougainvillea hanging from windows, towers rising into blue skies, wonderful food and wine, and the sights and sounds of flamenco all contribute to make Sevilla one of the most charming cities in the world.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed taking photos of some of Sevilla's most intriuging areas. This one was taken from the Triana Bridge looking over the Guadalquivir River with a backdrop of palm trees and towers. The Barrio Santa Cruz and the Plaza Espana are also ideal locations for beautiful pictures.
Favorite thing: There's a great deal to do in Seville apart from seeing the sights, partying all night and betting on corridas (bullfights). Cycling around town is an excellent way to explore the city. Attending a local Real Betis or Sevilla football (soccer) match is a great way to meet the local fanatics. Shopping for luxury items, clothes, arts and crafts and other goods is also a popular pastime. The colorful Thursday flea market (mercadillo) is well worth a visit. After dark, flamenco song and dance shows heat things up in Triana's smoky bars - steer clear of expensive, tourist-oriented tablaos unless you're looking for the Mickey Mouse version of Spain.
Sevilla is an old town full of charm and contrasts. There are some visits you mustn’t miss: cathedral and its bell-tower (Giralda), Alcazar and its garden, Maria Luisa park and plaza de España. Look for the courtyards full of flowers! Most of the monuments are Mudejar style, i.e., christian monuments made by christians and islamic craftsmen.
Fondest memory: Alcazar