The best time for a trip to Seville
If you want a matchless trip to Seville, choose your period of stay with caution. Why? Well, beyond its immaculate beauty, Seville is also known as “the frying pan of Europe”, which means that if you plan on visiting the city during summertime, you’ll probably have to cope with temperatures surpassing some 40°C.
From March to May and also during September you’ll be spoiled with enjoyable and not to high temperatures. But beware, the city is booming with people during “Semana Santa”!
Visiting Seville in 3 days
El Centro (on the map)
If you haven’t made any plans yet on what to visit and where to go, I definitely recommend that you just wander around the city and let yourself be guided by the exquisite extravaganza and the beauty of the city’s architecture. Small, winding cobblestone alleyways are connecting with the big Avenida del Cid overlooking the imperious building of Seville’s University. (I have to admit that seeing this building almost made me start over all my university courses).
When you are in the city centre, the only thing you have to do is turn around : The Ayuntamiento, la Giralda, the Cathedral of Seville, Puerta de San Cristobal, Plaza del Cabildo… you’ll see the most fantastic and interesting sights in one glimpse. Seville is definitely an open-air museum, made for walking fanatics, but also tender foot city explorers!
Real Alcázar (on the map)
This is one of Seville’s Musts. An overwhelmingly beautiful palace in the middle of palm trees, flowers, water ponds and surrounded by a majestic stronghold… a true haven of peace. The gardens enclose lots of lemon & orange trees. For all this the Real Alcázar is renowned to be the most beautiful palace in Europe and is thus registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
<div_”boxed text”> Tip: Buy your tickets online; because you might spend some time in the queue to get your tickets on site since, about 1.200.000 people visit the Alcázar per year.
Plaza de España & Parque María Luisa (on the map)
In short, Parque María Luisa is half a mile long. The park is a joyful mix of tiled fountains, beautiful pavilions, huge walls, water ponds, and plantings of palm and orange trees, Mediterranean pines, and flower beds.
Plaza de España is just massive (the hole site is 5,0000 square meters big) and exhilaratingly beautiful! Its architecture is a mix of Renaissance & Moorish revival topped with Spanish architecture… But you have to see those impressive buildings by yourself.
Las Setas de Sevilla (on the map)
The “Las Setas” is a wooden structure (apparently the largest of the world) in the centre of Seville next to the square La Encarnación. Las Setas de Sevilla are also known under other names: Setas de la Encarnación, Metropol Parasol and Mercado de la Encarnación. I’m clarifying this because it can be quite irritating if you can’t find Las Setas on your map while your sat nav indicates that you are standing right next to the thing… been there, done that! Well, just take a deep breath and look for one of the other names on the map.
What some people don’t know, or they just can’t find the right entrance and turn around in despair: on top of the Setas is a Mirador, from where you can watch over the entire city. It’s quite an impressive view. Don’t give up and ask people around you if you don’t find the way in, the view is definitely worth an investigation!
On the ground floor of the structure you’ll find the initial market; here you can lay hands on everything your heart desires… I’m speaking of local food products, of course.
Other cool neighbourhoods of Seville
Monasterio de la Cartuja (on the map)
Monasterio de la Cartuja is located on the Isla de la Cartuja a little bit outside of the city centre. And the Centro Anadluz de Arte contemporario is based on the site of the Monasterio. The site is gigantic and is, with its beautiful gardens where they grow loads of olive trees, a bit surreal, especially with that big hand trying to grab you from inside one of the buildings.
La Macarena (on the map)
The Macarena neighbourhood is a small labyrinth with cobble stoned alleyways and cute little corner shops… have a stroll down there, it changes from the tourist buzzing city centre.
La Alameda (on the map)
One of the neighbourhoods in the historic centre of Seville and one of the famous nightlife stopovers with cocktail bars, clubs with music ranging from cutting-edge tunes to live flamenco sessions, cool stylish looking tearooms… Have a look, or a bite, or a cocktail at least for one evening during your stay!
Triana (on the map)
Triana is a located on the other side of the Guadalquivir River and is known for nightlife, bars as well as its museums and Moorish revival style buildings and landmarks. Go for a walk over there … it’ll be a refreshing experience!
So, after this post I think you’ve noticed how much of a heartthrob Seville was to me. No? How many times do you reckon did I write the word “beautiful” in this post? … See!
You should definitely go and visit beautiful Seville with its friendly inhabitants; you might also come back dreaming of your stay with a steady smile on your face.
For me, I literally have a crush on that city and I will probably go back some time soon!
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