Plaza de América is an open square located close to Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de Espana, in an area where you'll find many impressive pavilions built for the 1929 Latin American Exhibition. And the square itself is also surrounded by a few of them, each built in different architectural styles: The Royal Pavilion (now used as offices for the city's administration), the Provincial Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs...
I didn't visit any of the buildings, just went for a walk around the square; trees, flowers, ponds, fountains, and many pigeons...
"Los Caños de Carmona" (the pipes of Carmona) was an ancient Roman aqueduct, originally built almost 2,000 years ago, but renovated several times during the years. It was used to bring water into the city, and the primary source of the water was located in the area of Carmona, which is a small town east of Sevilla.
Around Sevilla are a couple of places where you can see some remains of the old aqueduct - my photo is from the Avenida de Luis Montoto.
The Gardens of Murillo were given to the city in 1911. At one time they were the vegetable gardens and orchards of the Real Alcazar. They are named after the painter Bartolome Murillo who lived nearby in the 17th Century. In the gardens is a tall monument to Christopher Columbus. It incorporates a bronze of the Santa Maria, the ship in which Columbus sailed to the Americas in 1492.
Seville is big enough to stroll around and never hide your camera away as every corner of the city is always photogenic, this Spanish city has a lot to offer to their visitor and everyone who comes wants always to come back
Seville is one of Spain's major cities and is also the capital of the Andalusia region. With an enormous amount to offer both the tourist and business traveller, Seville is a friendly and captivating place to visit. The busy city centre is well pedestrianised and many of the best attractions are within easy walking distance
In colonial times the Captain General was basically the Governor or Viceroy. During the Franco dictatorship the Captain General was still the governor, but this time it was a military commander of a region. Seville was one of the more important commands during this time.
The Capitania General is located directly behind the Plaza de Espana, facing the Plaza del Ejercity (Plaza of the Army). For an essentially military building, is was quite beautiful, with some lovely tile work on the facade. Interestingly, there is what they call a forest of arches there, you just can't see if from the plaza.
The building itself was finished in 1928
A friend I met in Sevilla forwarded me this information about a new offering at the Alcazar beginning in February. 2013
"The Alcázar will be organizing night tours from February 7th on. The tours will include full explanations and some historical scenes will be played by professional actors in order to provide the visitor a full experience of the Alcázar main events.
It will also be a great opportunity to visit the Alcázar lit up, a highlight only a few can feel every year and until now limited to those attending to special events such as concerts or plays organized in summertime."
The tour will cost 12 euros/person and it will last 1h15 approximately. From February 7th until March 31st they will be hold on Thursday and Friday (7.30pm to 9pm). And from April 1st until September 30th also on Thursday and Friday but from 9pm to 10.30pm. This is about 3 euros greater than what I paid for general admission in May of 2012.
We first noticed the striking Alamillo Bridge as we arrived at our hotel room in the outskirts of Seville. Even during the daytime it was striking to see this bright white harp like figure above the surrounding buildings.
The Alamillo Bridge was the direct result of the 1992 World Universal Exposition in Seville. When plans for the expo were announced in 1986 the City began preparing a series of detailed infrastructure plans to connect the City with Cartuja Island which was the location for the expo. Four bridges were proposed with the most striking being the Alamillo Bridge.
The bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava, a well known Valencian architect known for his creative designs. The bridge crosses the Meandro de San Jeronimo north of the old city.
According to Seville, A View on Cities, "The Alamillo Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a 200 meter (656 ft) long span painted in Calatrava's trade-mark bright white color. The most distinguishing aspect of the design is the 142 meter (466 ft) tall pylon, which is gracefully slanted at an angle of 68 degrees. The pylon is filled with concrete and acts as a counterbalance for the 35,5 meter (117ft) wide bridge deck, which is anchored by just 13 pairs of cables." To me the most striking aspect of this bridge is that there is no support at the back at the pylon which gives the bridge its sleek and imaginary design and the soft highlights of the bridge at night.
A small fountain well positioned marks the beginning of Constitution avenue, the main touristy street in Sevilla.
It is surrounded by several palaces, such as the Hotel Alfonso XIII, the Tobacco factory, or the "Casa da Moeda".
To get to the top of the tower there are no stairs, instead a series of 35 ramps. These were built wide enough to allow two guards on horseback to pass. From the top you are rewarded with close up views of cathedral and spectacular views of Seville.
Las Setas de la Encarnación (Encarnación's mushrooms), this is the local nickname of the Metropol Parasol in Seville. This amazing place was designed by Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and was finished in April 2011. This Guardian Article has some great photos of it. The building is multipurpose, it has a viewing platform that you can visit the walkway opening hours are 10.00 hrs - 14.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs - 24.00 hrs it costs 1.20 euro (free if resident in Seville).
The building also houses a market, cafes shops and has a fantastic museum in the basement, the Museo Arqueologico Antiquarium. This museum contains Roman and Moorish remains, dating from the first century BC to the 12th century AD, which were discovered when the area was being excavated to build a car park. This museum has been done beautifully and is well worth a visit. It's opening Hours are
Tues - Sat: 10:00 - 20:00
Sun: 10:00 - 14:00
The entrance is 2€. free for Students (check as there is often an age restriction on student discounts), Retired, Disabled, and Seville Residents.
Have a look at this website for more info.
This is one of the most Baroque Palaces in Seville
Well worth a visit. The Chapel especially has to be seen to be believed.
It is now the headquarters of the cultural foundation Focus.
The is an entrance fee EXCEPT sunday afternoon when it is free - I was lucky :)
To really save some money, visit the open markets “el mercadillo”, there’s one in Castilleja de la Cuesta on Wednesdays another in Triana (the Expo fair-grounds) on Saturdays and one in Parque Alcosa and Hytasa warehouse district on Sundays but way too far to travel unless you’re up for it. It’s best to go early to beat the crowds. Plaza Duque and La Magdalena have an open market starting mid- week/ends; it’s mostly full of trinkets, but not too bad and much smaller in size. If you dig name-brand clothes and not name-brand prices, check-out the factory outlet malls. There’s one close to the airport, one in Bormujos, and another in Dos Hermanas. There is also a new shopping center (Aire Sur) right next to IKEA in the town of Castilleja de la Cuesta. (Note: Just because it's not in the central Seville doesn't mean it's far).
Don’t want to spend all your money in El Corte Ingles??, there are other alternatives. For grocery shopping there’s Dia, Mercadona, M.A.S., Plus, Hipersol/Supersol, Aldi and Lidl but if you’re fortunate enough to make friends with someone who has a car, ask them to take you to Carrefour or Hipercor; they usually have a wider variety. There are ethnic shops – Hiper Oriental has everything for asian cuisine and tipical African products can be found in Nervion opposite the Corte Ingles and the other is in the center close to Plaza Duque.
Exercise doing high impact aerobics at Sevilla Gym on Calle Amor de Dios in La Alameda. The are however a few Arabian style baths for a very romantic and or relaxing experience. Aire de Sevilla is in the city center on Calle Aire (behind the Giralda) and there is another La Medina in the town of Bormujos.
If you’d rather take dance lessons -hip-hop, jazz, flamenco, salsa, caporiera, break dance, African, classical, etc… check out Paso a Paso en Montequinto right across from the subway stop.
This is the most wonderful place to relax and escape the busy city. You can enjoy a gentle float in the different baths, along with the steam room and jacuzzi, or you could also have a massage.
One of my favourite things to do when I lived in Sevilla was to visit just to go to the tearoom where I would have a pot of "geisha tea" and indulge in a few arab pastries - bliss...!
See website below for a list of things to do organised for you.
Tapas & wine tasting
City tour by bus
Walking tour of city
Day tours you can do from Sevilla (eg visit Jerez, Cadiz, Granada and Ronda)
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