Magical atmosphere, Sevilla
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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: 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.
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.
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: 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: Sevilla is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. The buildings have been impeccably maintained and there are gardens, trees and flowers everywhere. This city will take at least a few days to fully appreciate. As with anywhere you go in Spain, you are better off learning some Spanish before you go because there are not a lot of people who are willing to speak English.
This romantic part of town, formerly the district of Moors and Jews, is located right in the historical center of Seville. You may have a walk through the narrow shady lanes, inbetween beautiful buildings with courtyards plenty of flowers, and visit some of the town's major monuments:
The impressive cathedral with its tower, Giralda , Seville's landmark. The king's palace Alcazar in its typical Moorish style, surrounded by high walls. The Archivo de Indias , a Renaissance building which serves as an archive of all the documents related with the discovery of America. The Archiepiscopal Palais. All those buildings are located at one single large square.
The World Exposition EXPO'92 has brought many changes to Seville. No fewer than 70 kilometers of new streets were built, a new train station, Santa Justa, and the high-speed train AVE connects Seville with Madrid in less than 3 hours.
Also Guadalquivir river, which had been detoured around the city for centuries, was now brought back into its original river-bed. Some impressive new bridges, which are among the city's most important monuments of this century, have been constructed:
Puente del V Centenario, Pasarela de la Cartuja, Puente de las Delicias, Puente de Chapina, Puente de la Barqueta, and Puente del Alamillo.
Other buildings which were made for the EXPO '92 are the Maestranza Theater, face to face to the bullring, the Cartuja Auditorium and the Congress Palace with its huge golden cupola. The old train station of modernist style, Antigua Estación de Cordoba, was restored and serves today as an exhibition hall.
The 'Cartuja Island' was the exhibition ground of the EXPO, today you find here large gardens and an artificial lake. Many of the pavilions are still in use, and there are numerous performances here, such as concerts, theaters, etc.
The most interesting historical building at the territory is certainly the Cartuja Monastery. Christopher Columbus was buried here. Lateron it was the seat of an important producer of traditional ceramics, while today, after having been restored, it serves as a museum
Macdonald's - Spanish Style
Fondest memory: They are everywhere but I like the discreet way the Spanish have designed this one!
Enjoy the local activity around you. There are so many people out and about in this city.
Fondest memory: One morning while having coffee, a parade took place on the streets outside the cafe - we never found out what it was all about, but it was a one of the great memories we have of Sevilla.