For my birthday in May I travelled to Seville with my sister, looking for some relaxation, culture and an escape from the dreary UK weather. Two out of three ain’t bad! There was so much rain that we had to dash between shops and churches to stay dry – but there were occasional bursts of sunshine that lit the city up. Old Seville is simply beautiful with the contrast of old and new architecture making every turn a new experience. Our first visit was to the Parasol Metropol – a few hundred yards from our hotel and we had breakfast each day in its shadow. It looks like a giant mushroom and walking around the top gives splendid views across the city. Seville Cathedral is absolutely astonishing inside with neck-cricking wonder and with the Giralda (the minaret of the mosque which was previously on the site) it can be seen from almost everywhere. The Palacio Real Alcazar is a beautiful building with intricate mosaics and arches – and again you spend a lot of time looking up. Unfortunately the gardens were closed due to the weather but from what we saw would have been a great area to explore and relax. Church interiors are overwhelmingly glitzy and although rather full of “bling” for my taste – stunning in their abundant beauty.
There are parks too – the cool shade of the Parque Maria Luisa was welcome – on of the few sunny days we had and Plaza Espana with the carriage rides, mosiacs and tile work, vendors and fountains is also worth visiting. We also saw the World Press Photographer of the Year Exhibition. The images were powerful and affecting – the size of the prints add even more impact – I was so glad to catch it as I’d missed the London showing. The show at the Museo de Baille Flamenco was spellbinding and we sat so close to the stage that I feared the dancers would actually kick us. Add in an amazing choice of restaurants and tapas bars and you have a perfect city break.
For more information about what to do in Seville: www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville#experiences