Unique Places in Sevilla

  • Torre del Loro from above
    Torre del Loro from above
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  • Torre del Loro with anglers
    Torre del Loro with anglers
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  • Sand dunes at Torre del Loro beach
    Sand dunes at Torre del Loro beach
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    Tower of "Plata"

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Maybe getting its name by opposition to its neighbour, the tower "del'Oro", this octagonal building comes from the 13th century and has recently been recovered (I didn't see it in my previous trips), though not yet suitable to visit.

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    The Torre del Loro

    by theo1006 Updated Dec 5, 2013

    We made an off-season road trip wanting to see the beaches near Sevilla, and ended up discovering the Torre del Loro, not to be confused with the Torre del Oro in Sevilla. The name means 'Parrot Tower', after the small river of the same name at the mouth of which it stood.
    The watch tower was part of an 'early warning system' against attaques by Berber pirates, erected at the end of the 16th century by order of king Philips II. Only pieces remain, on the water line. It seems odd that a tower could have been built there, while from the nearby sand dunes one would have had a higher point of view. From which we concluded the tower must have stood on a dune and has come tumbling down when the sea eroded the latter.
    Because the weather turned to raining, we did not swim here. The fine sandy beach looked inviting for a walk, so does the adjacent Doñana National Park. Off-season the beach was almost deserted, we only met two youths who had come to go fishing.
    Directions: Actually the tower is located in Huelva Province. From Sevilla drive to Matalascañas on the south coast, the take road A-464 direction Huelva. At km 34.5 point on this road, just across the border with Sevilla province, there are two approaches to the tower ruins. One leads through the Doñana Camping. For the other take the turnoff 100 m east of the camping entrance, start walking when that road ends in a parking, and seek your way through the river gully overgrown with reeds.

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    Castillo de San Jorge- The Inquisition in Seville

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    in the north tower of the Triana bridge, in the remains of the Castillo San Jorge, the center of the Inquisition in Seville. Apparently this museum is off the beaten path and hard to find. I was not able to find a website for it. Several reviews seem to agree its a good place to see.

    Seville was in a unique position. It was the center of commerce, it had exclusive rights to the trade with the Americas, from which it derived enormous wealth. The Crown received enormous tax revenues from Seville, much of which went to finance the wars it seemed to participate in constantly.

    The Inquisition in Seville began in 1480 when the tribunal was established. By then Seville had replaced Cordoba as the main commercial and political center in Andalucia, a position that would be immeasurably strengthened just a few years later with the discovery of the America. Because of its position as a trade center, Seville was in a unique position. It had a population of Jews and Arabs that had to convert to Catholicism following legislation enacted by Ferdinand. Seville became known as one of the centers of the Inquisition in Spain. In 1481 some 2,000 were burned at the stake for the crime of heresy.

    Castillo San Jorge was the center of the Inquisition in Seville. Built on the remains of a former Arab fortress, it had 26 cells for prisoners. The autos da fe, the big public "trials" took place first on the steps of the Cathedral, then later on the Plaza San Fransisco, the Church of Santa Ana, the Church of San Marcos and finally at the convent of San Pablo. Pope Sixtus, who had issued the order allowing the Spanish Inquistion commented on the brutality and injustice apparent in the operation of the Holy Office in Seville. Sadly, since it was under the control of the monarchy, there was nothing the Pope could do about it.

    source- Conocer Sevilla
    http://www.conocersevilla.org/historia/inquisicion/sevilla.html

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    Get Michelin Map Before Heading Out of Sevilla

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Jun 2, 2012

    Sevilla while a great city is definitely a challenge to drive in and around. Lonely Planet in their 2010 guide on Andalucia states, "that if you like getting hot, sweaty, frustrated, angry and sometimes frightened then you'll enjoy driving in and around Sevilla." Their advice was right on.
    While we did not try to drive in Sevilla driving just outside of it is daunting.

    A GPS is one solution. However as the manager at the Hertz location in Sevilla indicated that many renters are frustrated with the GPS in Andalucia. As a cheap substitute to renting or buying a GPS please consider purchasing the, Michelin Map Guide to Andalucia, Guide # 578. It is miles better than the AAA or other maps and provides excellent detail on how to navigate around Sevilla and the rest of Andalucia. Rest stops and toll roads are clearly laid out. The map can be purchased in local bookstores in Sevilla for 5.95 euros. Buy one you won't be sorry.

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    Courtyards

    by tini58de Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    Ever since we met 68maciek in Krakow, we became absolute fans of courtyards!! So, whenever a door is open, we know no fear (well, almost none...) and peek inside.

    And it sure is worthwhile: especially Andalucía has the most beautiful courtyards you can imagine - little oases of calm and tranquility! Be sure to peek inside as well, quite a few are public, so don't feel shy!

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    Reales Atarazanas

    by tini58de Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    The Reales Atarazanas (Royal Shipyards) are a true gem! They are just down the street of the Hospedal de la Caridad in Calle Temprado 1, so this is pretty central!

    The Old Shipyard is one of the oldest buildings in all Sevilla, dating back to the 13th century. You do feel like in a cathedral when walking through this recently restored place. Excavations show parts of old walls - the rest is just an awesome atmosphere!

    Entrance is free!
    Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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    Park Doñana, protected area

    by elp Written Jul 30, 2008

    The big and interesting National Park Doñana, is a few km from Sevilla and goes till the sea.
    It is a protected and there are some paths to go and enjoy the nature and the peace.
    We can watch births and others animals, if you are luck.

    It is also possible to do a small trip by bus.

    Be prepare to the sun, take a big hat and a bottle of water.

    In the way to the Park there are a village named Rócio, by the road we found a very interesting restaurant. I dont know the name but the view i caught in the photo and i would like to share it, as was a really nice place.

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    Miscellaneous Sights

    by akikonomu Written Apr 6, 2008

    This one's of a bookshop in the Judeira. The amazing place has books stacked from floor to ceiling and looks like something out of a children's illustrated storybook. Run round to the restaurants surounding the area and peek into the flower pot filled patios.

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    Calle de la Muerte/Calle Susona

    by Shandyla Written Feb 14, 2008

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    The Calle de la Muerte/Calle Susona in the Santa Cruz district has a rich legend behind its name.

    The plaque reads "En estos lugares, antigua calle de la muerte pusose la cabeza de la hermosa Suona ben Suzón, quien por amor a su padre traicionó y por ello atormentada dipúsolo en testamento."

    I've heard the tale told differently.

    My flight magazine calls it "the sad legend of Susona, whose name is celevrated in one of the streets in the section. Susana, daughter of Diego Suson, a Jew converted to christianism, was in love witha Christian aristocrat. Upon hearing about a rebellious plot being staged by her father, Susona chose to inform her lover about the conspiracy, which led to the arrest and execution of D. Diego and his followers. Repented and despised by all, she entered a nuns convent and with time became the legendary protagonist of a sad legend."

    But my Spanish teacher said that Susona was beheaded after the betrayal.

    I hope Susona, if she ever existed, had a kinder fate.

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    Plaza Pumarejo

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 23, 2007

    Plaza Pumarejo is a small plaza in the Macarena district (on Calle San Luis) and though it's usually quiet, sometimes there is live music in the evenings. Also, sometimes there is a Third-World solidarity group (I think it was Oxfam) that set up info booths and sell books, etc. There are a few tapa bars in the area too and some old churches.

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    El Rocio

    by fairy_dust Written Jul 7, 2007

    If you're in Seville during Pentecost weekend (usually late May or early June), you will find that the city is much quieter than on other weekends. That's because many people are in El Rocio that weekend for the pilgrimage. It's a traditional pilgrimage where people walk, ride a horse, or a carriage over to the little village in El Rocio to practice their devotion to La Virgen del Rocio. They also wear their flamenco outfits for the pilgrimage, and in between Mass and prayers, they play music and dance sevillanas. The weekend is a mix of pilgrimage and party, and definitely worth experiencing (especially if you are religious).

    I didn't do the walk (it would take several days and I didn't want to miss my classes), but there were special bus services taking people directly from Seville to the village and back every hour (the bus trip took about an hour each way).

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    Wandering Around

    by bliss7 Updated Aug 27, 2006

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    Wandering around the serpentine streets... you never know what you will find! Barrio Santa Cruz is the best place to do it.

    Here are some pictures of things I came across (or, things that found me) while wandering around Sevilla.

    Sevilla: Getting lost has never been so much fun!

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    More frogs - Más ranas

    by spanishguy Written Jul 21, 2006

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    This tip is about the Maria Luisa Park ceramic frogs in the so called Frogs' fountain. I have written it for a special demand so I hope you like this lovely frogs. They are even more beautiful in spring and summer because it's the season when the fountain works and these frogs throw water.

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    Driving into Seville

    by yetist Written Jun 20, 2006

    We drove all over Andalucia playing tourist. We managed to find some great places to eat, just look for all of the trucks stopped to eat and you know the food will be wonderful. We found olives marinaded in garlic that were unbelieveable. In the afternoon people were stopping to have cafe con leche and freah baked sweet buns, too good to pass up. There were these long caravans of wagons pulled by tractors, all decorated, that were heading (we found out later) to the fair grounds in Seville. Life seemed to move a lot slower there. I still cannot believe the hospitality shown by all of the people that we met.

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    Be part of the local atmosphere

    by swedishanna Written May 21, 2006

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    This is if you like football....

    If you are in Sevilla during football season and you like the sport, try and go to one of the games. It has an amazing atmosphere and if you want to learn Spanish expressions to throw at the ref...well you'll learn a lot during 90 minutes!!!
    If you go and see a game in April/May time you will enjoy the evening sun while watching football eating pipas (sunflower seeds) and bonding with the locals. I have no idea about the Betis stadium, as I'm a Sevilla supporter, but at the Sanchez-Pijuan stadium you can often get tickets on the day (normally available a week ahead though) though this obviously depends on who they are playing and when in the season you go.

    While you are there, go to Sevilla FC shop and pick up some different souvenirs (they have a shop in city centre nowadays too) or buy a scarf from one of the stands around the stadium before kickoff (cheaper!). There are loads of tapas bars etc nearby, not to mention Nervión shopping centre, so there are plenty of restaurants and bars you can get some tapas and beer before and after the game.
    Bus 23 from Plaza Nueva is the easiest and fastest way to get there, or you can take Bus 5 from Plaza de Cuba. Though walking up Avenida Eduardo Dato will only take you about 20 minutes from the Santa Cruz barrio edge (Jardines de Murillo).

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