Andalusia is Spain’s southernmost region. Its long coastline faces the Atlantic ocean to the west and the Mediterranean sea to the southeast. Seville, covering an area of around 88,000 sq. km is the province’s capital.
“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”Cervantes
The capital of Andalusia, the homeland of the legendary seducer Don Juan, is a city with rich cultural heritage and home to several Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Seville with Cathedral, La Giralda, Real Alcazar, Museo des Bellas Artes and the Archive des Indies definitely is a European Grande Dame!
La Dame, stands on the spot for the last 3.000 years and according to greek mythology has been founded by Hercules, the mighty greek god. Roman ruins, mixed with Moorish culture and medieval remnants, all perfectly placed on a contemporary canvas.
The city is segmented into four major neighborhoods: El Arenal, Macarena, Santa Cruz and Parque Maria Luisa.
Rio Guadalquivir is the fresh meeting point, the cool destination during summer months, when Seville is best known as “frying pan”.
Seville city centre is a compact maze of narrow streets with most sights within walking distance with the historic neighborhoods around Avenida de la Constitucion. To the west side of the river Gualdaquivir lies El Arenal with the Museum of Fine Arts and to the east the old Jewish quarter, Barrio de Santa Cruz with the dominant Cathedral and the Reales Alcazares. North we find La Macarena, full of churches and South we reach the Parque Maria Luisa and well renowned Plaza de Espana.
HOTEL PUERTA DE LA SEVILLA
Open the D O O R to Seville.
Hotel Puerta de la Sevilla is not a luxurious guesthouse, but it is made out of love.
Located in the historical heart, Barrio de Santa Cruz, built right at the old Gate “Puerta de la Carne” next to the Murillo Gardens and the Royal Alcazar.
A great terrace overlooking the glittering rooftops of this flamboyant and charismatic city, is the perfect place to drink a cana of beer. Make sure it’s not during the hot hours, to enjoy responsibly!
Exploring on foot the most legendary attractions of Seville, makes the spot unbeatable. Have a “churro” with plenty of sugar on the opposite pavement swallow your espresso shot and start walking.
Believe in G O T H I C.
Well, it doesn’t always matter if you are a believer or not, this 1987 UNESCO listed site, the Catholic Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world. Took over a century to complete the full construction.
Built during the fifteenth century, the Catholic Cathedral has been set up on the site of a great mosque built late twelfth century by the Moors. What’s left of the era is the legendary Giralda and the Patio de los Naranjos.
Gloriously demonstrating the wealth of Seville after “La Reconquista”, this is the place where Christopher Columbus, the great explorer eternally sleeps.
Don’t forget to take a close up and personal of Murillo’s “Vision of St Anthony”. There is a story behind, which you can read .
Real Alcázar de Sevilla
Swing the R O Y A L Palace and Twirl the G A R D E N S.
We are thinking and dreaming, if we are believers or not, about this divine state of Paradise. Some say Heaven is a place on earth. In such case, Seville’s Alcazar, is that place.
A milestone in history of architecture, this building has been developed during the dark ages of Europe. Ordered in 1364 by Pedro I, this magnificent royal residence undertook multiple alterations before the final shape.
Still a royal palace, the castle, characterized by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, is 11 centuries old.
JARDINES de Real Alcázar de Sevilla
The Royal Gardens are laid out with fountains and pavilions and grandiose patios with flowers and desolated terraces offering a unique refuge from the hustle of Grande Dame!
Archives générales des Indes
Climb the marble stairs to reach the library rooms.
Originally built for the collection and archive creation of the most important documents dealing with the “New World”. Built by the architect Juan de Herrera, this building punches Seville’s preeminent role in colonization and exploitation of the New World.
A collection of more than 80.000.000 pages of original papers provide an excellent source of the deepest dive into 3 centuries of the history of America and Asia. Handwritten letters of Christopher Columbus, Cervantes and George Washington hide well inside this exquisitely designed Archive.
MUSEO DES BELLAS ARTES
Meet the most S I G N I F I C A N T Spanish Painters.
First founded in 1835, underwent some transformations in the first years of the 17th century. Restorations in three phases until 1992 shaped the current majestic building.
Suggested tour includes visit at the outstanding artworks of the Sevilla school as well as examples from other schools. On the ground floor you find 15th – 17th century painters and sculptors , on the upper floor you come along with early 20th century and the most important painters (Murillo, Zurbaran, Leal) in the Seville school of the 17th century.
EL VIAJERO SEDENTARIO
Leer es viajar sin el estorbo del equipaje.
I Have been Surprised by the Authenticity of this Boutique Book Shop and Reading Cafe. A lovely coffee spot MADE by and for people who love letters. You can have an aromatic tea, a full coffee or a drink along with your book, or your book lover – friend.
The kindness of the owners, stole my heart. Not only do they have a great catalogue of books on their shelves, their scope is global, reminding us that frontiers is just a state of mind.
LA TABERNA DEL COTO
In search of cool music and an authentic place to have a booze after some unforgettable walking miles in Seville. La taberna del Cotto, on a narrow alley between squares and hustle, drugged in another dimension. Quite hidden, though loud, this small little cave is run by a legendary owner.
A crowd of locals, ready to take you to the next bar, when all night spots shut down in Seville, the locals certainly know the next stop to secretly unlock. Not exactly speakeasy but quite close.
Instead of providing lists of cool places to visit, trust your intuition and step into a locally flavored place and all should follow accordingly. In la taberna del Coto, I met one of the most incredible persons i have and will ever meet in my entire life. Andy, the great! A moment – milestone.
An old house turns into a contemporary tapas place, in a neighborhood that loves individuality and emerging trends. A splendid spot for foodies who love to taste instead of eat.
A cool and casual environment, just across a lovely square offering excellent quality of food suggestions.
Local cuisine with this so called twist, in small (tapas) and proper bites. Prices are extremely respectful. Go for eat.