The city is known as the city of sunshine aka “the frying pan of Europe” and we can see why. The average temperature while we were here was 24 degrees and its only the beginning of March!
We stumbled across the Parque de Maria Luisa on the way to the Plaza de Espana.
The Plaza de Espana was built in 1928 and can not be missed. The architecture mixes elements of the renaissance revival and Moorish revival styles. It has been used as a film set in a few films, the most famous being Lawrence of Arabia in 1962.
There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seville and they are all next to one another. They are the Cathedral, The Alcazar Palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies. You need to book your tickets on line ideally to avoid the queues and unfortunately we were unable to get tickets for the palace. So if you are looking at visiting Seville its probably a good idea to secure your tickets in advance. Here’s a good tip…There are a limited number of tickets on a Monday afternoon free of charge if you order on line so check out the cathedral and palaces website.
The Alcazar was built for the Christian King Peter of Castile. It was built on the site of an Abbadid muslim residential fortress which was destroyed after the christian conquest of Seville. The upper levels of the palace are still used by the royal family as their official residence. It is an excellent example of Mudejar architecture and renowned for being the most beautiful.
The General Archive of the Indies is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish empire. The building itself is an example of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It is the third largest church in the world as well as the largest gothic church. Christopher Columbus and his son Diego are buried in the cathedral along with funeral monuments for cardinals.
The architecture overall in Seville is breath taking.
We wandered up to have a look at the Metropol Parasol which is apparently the largest wooden structure in the world.
There’s a lot to see and do in Seville, we spent a week here there’s beautiful buildings everywhere and plenty of cafes to sit and while away an hour people watching.
We had to try the famous Churros and Chocolate.