Seeing Seville by foot, Sevilla
Favorite thing: I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.
Plaza Nueva, Plaza Triunfo, Plaza Pilatos, seems like every few meters we were ending up in a Plaza.....well we did visit the Patio de Banderas also, we were told that it was named after the actor of the same name.
Fondest memory: Found this link telling about Rey San Fernando III, whose statue is at Plaza Nueva:
And here about Zurbaran whose statue is at Plaza Pilatos:
Favorite thing: Walking the streets of old Sevilla you find a mixture of architectural styles that despite its seeming randomness and clashes, turns out to be very pleasing to the eye, or at least to our eyes it was. Everywhere you turn you have something new to see. This is what is lacking in many of our newer cities and towns, things have a sameness to them, here each house, building or establishment is an "individual", standing out from its neighbours.
Favorite thing: The streets of Sevilla can be a confusing place, especially in the old sections of town. As you can see in these photos, some of the streets are labeled with conflicting names....YES both names were on the SAME street.
Favorite thing: Sevilla is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. Its symbol the seville oranges can be seen all over the city and add colour to the warm vibrant city. Apart from wonderful architecture of the bullring the Cathedral with its landmark Giralda minaret its also a very green city with several parks andd gardens in the city centre to rest in.
Favorite thing: From 712 Seville is under authority of arabs and refers to Ishibilia. In 1030 Seville became the capital of the Arabian state. The palace and a huge mosque is under construction there. In 1248 after two-year-old siege Ferdinand III released city from the authority of arabs. He moved 24 thousand of castilians there.
Favorite thing: It is considered, that the first settlement at the territory of present Seville has arisen in the III-d century before Christmas. The name of the city is received from Phoenician "sefele" - "lowland". In the II-nd century before Christmas Romans established the seaport Ispalis. Fortifications of that time in the barri named Macarena are kept till now (do you remember a popular song about Macarena?).
Visit bars in Alfafa street, there are several cosy places offering realy nice typical food...
And in this bar in the picture in the placa de Santa Maria la Blanca they also offer delisious tapas...
Fondest memory: The city surprising with it’s quantity of tapa-bars… Somehow I have an impression that you can find some tapa place on each corner, great!
The city lovely for it’s labyrinths of streets. It’s impossible not to get lost in the center. I think all who come there get lost :) but there’s no need to worry, there is a way out :).
For me getting lost was something very natural. For me, the one who is not so much used to such an unusual beauty & all the time looking over, looking round, looking in, - it was hard to concentrate on the destination :) But… after several rounds through these marvelous narrow/sometimes extremely narrow streets/ after sudden returning to the point where you have started your ‘hunting’, you find yourself got used to that consistent feeling of being lost. And then you love that city of labyrinths so much!
What you need – is to turn on your intuition. Well. Anyhow, truth is that without a map my intuition did not work so well :)
Remember that this is a city best seen by foot. So why not start your visit to Seville in the park. There are so many things to do and see in the park.
Fondest memory: I recomend taking the horse and carrage around the city and end the ride in the park then take a nice walk around. You will find this to be very romantic.
One of my favorite things about Sevilla was the food. I you like to explore and try new foods in small portions, then Tapas is for you.
Most restaurants in Sevila serves tapas both for lunch and dinner. In addition to the small Tapas size you can order the dishes at 1/2 or full dinner size.
I preferred to keep them at Tapas size and order more of them. I would usually point to something on the menu, not having a clue what it was. Or ask them for what they specialty was.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Sevilla was just walking the streets and beeing surrounded by art, culture, and history.
I love seeing how the city came to a complete halt during siesta hours.
Start your sightseeing expedition by exploring every nook and cranny of this fabulous Andalucian city - on foot. It takes a stony heart not to be captivated by Sevilla's unique atmosphere... her magnificence and old world charms.
Fondest memory: Go on. Climb up to the top of La Giralda (your heart and stamina permitting) and take some lovely photographs of the city of Sevilla.
Can you spot Sevilla's most famous 18th century bullring (which happens to be one of Spain's oldest) - Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza in the distance?
Favorite thing: Seville's most distinctive plaza is Plaza de Santa Cruz whose central cross, made in 1692 is one of the finest examples of Seville's wrought iron work. Around this plaza there are souvenir shops by day and by night one of the best flamenco shows (Tablao Los Gallos) can be found here, besides some excellent restaurants.
Favorite thing: While I was walking along near the Cathedral I came across a rather useful map on the wall. Now perhaps if I had my pocket chisel and hammer I could have taken this away. (haha) But then I thought it might come in handy for other VT'ers.
Seville's jewish quarter was my favourite part, east of the cathedral. It's a maze of winding streets and quaint lovely plazas as you can see in my photo. This was one of the prettiest ones, it comes alive in the evenings with outdoor restaurants and cafes, and live entertainment too!
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Sevilla was tucking my street map away in my backpack and just wandering through the streets wishing I got lost! Most of the times I did, and am glad because once I stumbled upon a little shop where you could try on flamenco costumes for 12Euros and snap as many pics as you like with your camera! It was a good laugh and a fantastic memory/souvenir. But those pics are private LOL...