Traveloholic’s Top 8 Experiences from Seville, Spain

Ohhhh I just love Spain – I can’t seem to get enough of it! This was my third time in 8 months visiting this glorious place. From Faro, Portugal I took a few hour bus ride to reach Seville. I spent two weeks roaming the streets, eating the most delicious food my host family cooked, enjoyed many siestas, and took in the sites and abundant charm Seville has to offer.

Here are my Top 8 Experiences in Seville, Spain!

1. Wandering the streets in Santa Cruz – This is the old Jewish quarter of Seville which is absolutely a place where you feel like you step back in time. The narrow streets and pathways are dotted with tiny shops and cafes where you can make a game out of trying to figure out exactly where you are! I’m pretty handy with a map but I got turned around multiple times.

The tiny little streets of Santa Cruz

The tiny little streets of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz charm

Santa Cruz charm

2. Just wandering…. period.

Seville is an easy city to simply walk and observe. After a day consider putting down your map and just walk. It is an absolutely beautiful place!

Points of Interest:

  • Plaza Espana – built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. STUNNING details- I went back several times!
    Each section represents a Province in Spain - love the colors!

    Each section represents a Province in Spain – love the colors!

    Plaza Espana

    Plaza Espana

  • Seville Cathedral –  It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.
    The architecture of this place is stunning!

    The architecture of this place is stunning!

    Nighttime selfie at the Catherdral

    Nighttime selfie at the Catherdral

  • Sierpes Street – a famous shopping street lined with a mixture of modern shops and souvenir places. Just beware of the loads of beggars!

    A colorful storefront on Calle Sierpes

    A colorful storefront on Calle Sierpes

  • Metropol Parasol – completed in 2011, it claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world! You can take an elevator up to its walkways for amazing views of the city. It only cost 2 Euro and you get a voucher for a FREE drink!

    View from on top of "the mushrooms" ...as locals call it

    View from on top of “the mushrooms” …as locals call it

  • Royal Tobacco Factory– It used to be the most prominent tobacco factory in Europe but now is the site of the University of Seville.
    The entrance to the University

    The entrance to the University

    Tile work on a pillar near the University

    Tile work on a pillar near the University

  • Maria Luisa Park – a large area that is close to the Guadalquivir river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining pathways, historic buildings, and Moorish fountains and pools.

    The crazy birds in Plaza America in Maria Luisa Park - they will eat right out of your hand!

    The crazy birds in Plaza America in Maria Luisa Park – they will eat right out of your hand!

  • Triana – Across the river from Seville, it has a traditional pottery and tile industry and a vibrant flamenco culture.
    Betis Street - loaded with places to eat and party!

    Betis Street – loaded with places to eat and party!

    In the ceramic district of Triana

    In the ceramic district of Triana

     

3. Trying the variety of local wine – I drank wine everyday when I was in Seville. My host family had wine with lunch (at 3pm) everyday and I tried a ton of local wines! You can go to a bodega (kind of like a winery) and buy wine straight from the barrel. They give it to you in unmarked plastic jugs.

4. Eating lunch with my host family – I was fortunate enough to stay with the family of the people who hosted me in Madrid! They were so nice and the mother was an AMAZING cook. The family (mom, dad, and daughter) gathered everyday for lunch and it was a full on gourmet meal! Fish, meat, salads, soups – I ate a TON!

5. Flamenco music in Triana – My friends from Madrid came down for a weekend and we went out on the town to have a few drinks at Postura – where they serve wine with rum (and give u a bar snack of nuts and gummy sweets). After we crossed the bridge to Triana and went to Lo Nuestro for some live flamenco music. It was a local crowd with everyone dancing flemenco together!

WIth Zaida, my host and friends from Madrid

WIth Zaida, my host and friend from Madrid

Wine with rum = Yum!

Wine with rum = Yum!

6. Churros at Churreria Los Especiales – Located at the entrance of the Triana Bridge, this place is a MUST while you are in Seville. Have a fat day. You have my permission. These melt in your mouth churros are freaking amazing.

Freaking delicious!!!!!

Freaking delicious!!!!!

7. Siestas – When in Spain…. embrace the siesta! Most shops close down for a few hours midday so what better to do then take a rest. I enjoyed my (almost) daily siesta after eating lunch with the family. Does a body good 🙂

8. 3D Mapping Light Show on the Town Hall – A light show that around Christmas time that is projected on the walls of the town hall. It was so cool!

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