We reach Seville. We refuel the car, leave it in the parking lot and go to the apartment. Dad and Beata stay in place. Me and Wojtek go to the airport to give the car back. Fortunately, everything goes smoothly and in a moment we catch a bus to the center.
Car rentals in Seville
We are very happy with the car. We got a very economical Seat Leon diesel. Driving over 900 km, cost us only 60 euro for fuel. In addition, it did well in the mountains. We rented it at Enterprise through an agent – rentalcars website. We paid 575 PLN (140 EUR) for 5 days. This is not the lowest price, but I was guided by the reviews and decided that it would be better to pay a little more and be sure that the rental shop won’t do any problems.
Seville – top attractions
We devoted the last two days of our trip to visiting Seville – for many people the most beautiful city in all of Andalusia, and even Spain. I will introduce to you the most important places that you must see in Seville.
Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Seville
The cathedral is reportedly the largest Gothic church in the world. However, I had the impression that even the one in Palma de Mallorca is bigger, but I was wrong. In any case, it seems to me that it’s quite similar also in appearance. It’s located on Plaza del Triunfo next to the Giralda and the entrance to the Alcazar. Admission costs 9 euros, for students 4.
Inside the cathedral we can see the world’s largest altar. It is almost 28 meters high and 18 meters wide and covered with over three tons of gold. It’s also worth knowing that here is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. From the cathedral you can go out to the courtyard called Patio de los Naranjos.
Giralda is a tower 91 meters high, which can be accessed from the north-east corner of the cathedral. Instead of stairs, it is accessed by gently rising ramps, specially designed to allow horse riding to the top. When we go upstairs we pass the information boards on which level we are. From above, we can see the entire city from all sides, as well as the beautiful towers of the cathedral.
Plaza del Triunfo
It’s one of the two most important squares in Seville, because here is the Cathedral of Seville and the entrance to the Real Alcazar de Sevilla (Alcazar). In addition, in the center stands a white Monument of the Immaculate Conception.
In the center of this square stands a monument to Alfonso X, i.e. Ferdinand III the Saint. This character is associated with the history of the NO8DO mark, which can be seen in many places of Seville, including wells and posts.
Av. de la Constitución
A beautiful, long street in Seville, running among others by the cathedral, on which we can see many interesting buildings. One of them is, for example, Edificio de La Adriática with a white and green dome.
The fountain that we can pass on the way to the Spanish Square.
Monumento a Cristóbal Colón
Monument in the Jardines de Murillo park along the Alcazar gardens.
The most beautiful place in Seville- Plaza de España
By far the most beautiful place in Seville. The greatest square I’ve ever been in my life. There are many details here that are worth attention. The walls of the buildings are decorated with ceramic tiles called azulejos, which depict 48 Spanish provinces with the most important historical events. They are arranged in alphabetical order along the entire square. I tried to limit the number of photos, but I put too many of them anyway. We have been to Plaza de España several times: during the day, during sunset and in the evening.
A day at Plaza de Espana
Plac Hiszpański wieczorem
Seville – what else is worth visiting in the city
Parque de María Luisa
Large park just off Plaza de España is almost one kilometer long. There are a lot of diverse plants and birds here. There are numerous ponds and fountains, e.g. the Lion Fountain (Fuente de los Leones) and the Water Lily (Estanque de los Lotos). In my opinion, the most beautiful place in the park is a pond with a small, round terrace with a white dome.
The park looks even more beautiful in the evening, just after sunset.
Plaza de América
America Square is located in the park de Maria Luisa. There are several buildings here, but the most beautiful of them is Mudéjar Pavilion (Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions).
Costurero de la Reina
A small, hexagonal castle with turrets in the corners. Its formal name is “San Telmo Pavilion”. It currently houses a tourist information office.
What to do in Seville?
Torre del Oro and a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir River with a view of the Triana district
It’s worth taking a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir River. If we start from the south and go north, we will pass Torre del Oro, or the Golden Tower, on the right. It’s a twelve-sided structure, although at first glance it seems to be round. Established long ago as a fortification element of the city.
When we continue the journey, after a while we will have a view of the colorful buildings of the district called Triana. After a while, we will also see the Puente Isabel II bridge.
It’s worth climbing the San Telmo Bridge, from which you can see Torre del Oro and the Isabel II Bridge.
Walk around the Triana district
Once you get on the San Telmo bridge, it’s worth taking a look at the other side of the river and taking a stroll around the Triana district. Triana is one of the oldest parts of the city, in the Middle Ages it was a separate town. In the past people were burned at the stake and tortured. Don’t delving into the streets of this district, we just walk along the river bank, which is why we don’t feel any dark climate. We pass only nice and colorful buildings.
We also look at the other side of the river and at the increasingly visible Puente Isabel II bridge.
Puente de Isabel II is the most famous bridge in Seville. It’s made of metal and connects Triana with the city center.
The famous Alcazar and beautiful gardens
The Alcazar is a large palace in Seville located on Plaza del Triunfo. Admission costs 11.5 euros, for students 3. Usually the queue to enter is quite long from the morning, although it usually goes quickly. The Alcazar areas are really big, it’s easy to get lost and it’s a little hard to navigate without a map. The most beautiful place here is the patio next to the chamber called the Salon of Ambassadors. Both here and in the chamber were shot scenes for the series “Game of Thrones”. These places also appear in the great comedy “Explosive Couple” (“Knight and Day”).
I suspect that the gardens in March are not as beautiful as in July or August. Much less colorful flowers here than in the Alcazar in Cordoba, and much more greenery. Gardens are often found in Season 5 of “Game of Thrones”.
something different at the Seville- Metropol Parasol
Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación in Seville. Located a little out of the way from the main attractions of the city, but when you have time, it’s worth to see it. Metropol Parasol has 4 levels, and on the second and third there are panoramic terraces, offering views of the city center.
That would be it when it comes to interesting places in Seville. There are probably a few other places that are worth seeing, but we didn’t have enough time to discover them. On the seventh day of our trip, i.e. March 20, at around 3pm we took our luggage and went to the airport. We came back to Poland from there.
Little summary of the trip
Seville is a very good starting point even for two days. Flight tickets are really cheap and the flights are direct from the Warsaw airport. However, I would recommend a trip for at least a week, and preferably two weeks, and traveling around Andalusia. During our weekly tour we saw a lot, but we had to skip seeing some places. We even weren’t in Granada, Malaga and Jerez de la Frontera. If I had more time I would happily visit more white towns and stay in Ronda for a longer time- I liked it the most. I am a fan of peaceful places where there is not too much civilization.
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