Seeing Seville by foot, Sevilla
Seville is a city steeped in history. Throughout the narrow streets and main avenues - in fact, virtually everywhere you cast your eye, there are magnificent monuments and buildings which stand as a legacy to this city's fascinating heritage. Many of these date from the time of the Moorish conquest (712), such as the Giralda,the Alcazar, and the Cathedral which was originally built as a mosque by the Almohads in the late 12th century, and later became the largest Gothic church in the world.
One of the richest areas of the city, in terms of the sheer number of monuments, is the Barrio Santa Cruz which is very much in character with Seville's romantic image, its streets narrow and torturous to keep out the sun, with houses brilliantly whitewashed and barricaded with iron grilles behind which girls once kept chaste evening rendezvous with their novios. Almost all the houses have patios, often surprisingly large and in summer these become the principal family living room
Fondest memory: For me the best place of Sevilla, is Plaza de España.You can see here some pictures of it!!.
And all the things I seen at Expo-92,as the new movies technics.
Favorite thing: Take the time to look at the walls around you and you are likely to see these tiled monuments to the local neighborhood saints. This one is located inTriana and many of them are quite decorative and beautiful.
One of the most unique and memorable things about Sevilla is the scent of oranges that freshens the air, particularly in the Barrio Santa Cruz. Greater Sevilla is a bustling city and there are busy streets with traffic and car fumes, but you can be sure that a quiet lane is not far away. The alleys of La Macarena, El Arenal and Santa Cruz are great escapes from the noise and exhaust fumes.
Fondest memory: Occasionally, you will see oranges that have been pulled off the trees or were blown off and subsequently run over by horse carriages. While it creates a bit of a mess, it sure makes the street smell great!!
I enjoyed walking on the cobblestone streets networking the Old Town, that are just not too wide but good enough to pack a whole lot of people. The Sevillians are always heading to somewhere and I could notice occasionally someone in a crowd along Calle Sierpes sneaking into a miniature cathedral that sits at a tight Y-junction facing some boutique shops. I like the location of the cathedral; it is so good a resting-place especially when your legs are tired. Obviously I did not do that when I was there and will not suggest the idea to potential visitors. I thought it erects at a phenomenal yet lovely part of the town, perhaps for sinners of the day to conveniently confess at the altar. I should have taken down the name of the cathedral to ask you have a peep.
Above the many shops that populate the town, the flower-bedecked balconies and attractive patios are just so lovely to look at. And near Christmas when I was there, those pathways were glittered and filled with festive ambience. Near dusk, a trio would fill the streets with instrumental music pieces, of which “My Heart Will Go On” could especially be heard from a distance.
Fondest memory: This is an old Jewish Quarter with narrow streets and white tenements with beautiful, colourful patios. This area is really charming and there are many great monuments and places here. Some of them are: La Giralda, Reales Alcazares, Archivo de Indias, Jardines de Murillo, Plaza Virgen de los Reyes.
Fondest memory: This part of the city, that lies at the bank the Guadalquivir river, is a real must. The most important place to see here is certainly the bullring, even if you don’t like corrida. Also, you should take a stroll by the river. Its promenade, full of palm trees is really beautiful.
Favorite thing: This is the flamenco show i watched, I guess this show by this group, Los Gallos, is very popular, I had to buy the ticket in advance because they sell very fast. It was a good show, worth the money.. great costumes, one of the guitar players was great, and I liked 2 dancers: this lady, and this really tall, young guy. They were really good. I wonder if their feet suffer, because they stomp them so much, especially the ladies...
If you visit the old part of town, you will see all these alleys that turn and split, even with a map you will get lost. But the locals are more than happy to try to teach you how to get to your destination. It's funny to see so many people lost at the same time, but then you get to see all these buildings and find all these food joints...
This is Plaza Santa Cruz, I got so lost looking for it, and I had a map and I had people tell me where to go and where to turn!! There is a flamenco show nearby here, it was nice.
Get lost at Santa Cruz quarter.
Winding alleys, flower pots, wrought-iron gates, befountained courtyards... haloed with geranium,jasmine,ivy and orange trees, every street corner in Santa Cruz bears a reminder of history and legend.
Try the local bars in the old quarter. The people are friendly and the sangria is great.
Fondest memory: We wandered into a little bar in the old part of town where only the locals seemed to go. The waiter spoke no english and I very little spanish but we made it work. He seemed to really enjoy his job and made us feel right at home, making jokes that even we could understand. It was the best night of our trip.
Wear very comfortable shoes as you will be doing a great deal of walking. The fountain in the picture is soothing to see but does not keep you cool in the almost unbearable heat of the Summer months.
Rent a horse and carriage, ride through the city as early as possible, you can always seek your way back to some of the many attractions on foot.
ANN AT AN ENTRANCE TO ALCAZAR
MAGNIFICENT ARCHITECTURE OF SEVILLA
What you see above is just a smidgen of an example of the artistry and craftsmanship which is so very prevalent in this magnificent of cities. Most especially so at the Cathedral and Alcazar.
The sense of the artist's deep emotional closeness to their work is felt as one walks through the courtyards and internal rooms of these buildings.
Fondest memory: Another pretty plaza in Barrio de Santa Cruz which fills up in the evening...Sorry forgot the street names!! But this quarter is so small you are bound to come across them anyway!
Fondest memory: One of the narrow streets I stumbled upon... some of which are very pretty with white-washed houses and lots of colourful flowers everywhere!
Favorite thing: Wander around the city centre. Down by the river there are some lovely views. This is the Torre del Oro, where gold was stored in the days of empire!
You can find the best places in Seville here!
Narrow streets (like the picture) and lovely restaurants and 'bares' to take 'fino' the typical drink.