Seeing Seville by foot, Sevilla
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?).
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...
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
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!!
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?