27 Aug Seville, Spain: Going Back Home
Romina M. gives a tour around her hometown visiting the best tourist spots and eating famous Spanish delicacies.
¡Hola! Seville, Spain – the city where I was born and raised, where I studied and spent my life before I moved to Dubai. It is the capital of Andalucía, and if you ever go to Spain, I highly recommend you spend a couple of days there.
Let’s start with its cuisine. You can’t resist the very well-known yummy ‘tapas’! There’s always a tapas bar around the corner or down the street, with outdoor tables to enjoy the good weather. It is best enjoyed with a fresh drink and with other mouthwatering second dishes like salad, tortilla, paella, calamaries or any meat. It is the perfect way to spend some relaxing time with family and friends.
Have you ever tried ‘gazpacho’? It is a cold tomato soup with toppings such as cucumber, cured ham, boiled egg, and croutons. Ideal when the weather is hot, this healthy dish is something you should not miss!
There are many places to visit, but my favorites are:
La Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda
If you love history, you will be amazed when you visit ‘La Catedral de Sevilla’ or commonly called Seville Cathedral. It combines the Islamic and Christian architecture. It is the largest Gothic church and the third largest cathedral in the world.
The bell tower called ‘La Giralda’ is the minaret of an ancient mosque that was built during the Muslim era. It is said that no other building in Seville can be taller than La Giralda when you see the whole city atop. Going up to La Giralda is fun by walking in a ramp that goes round and round until you reach its top. You can stop at any time to enjoy the view. Of course, smartphones get a little handy for selfies.
Los Reales Alcázares
It is a royal palace which was built by the Muslims. The main entrance called ‘Puerta del León’ shows a crowned lion at the topmost part of the door. The different halls and patios plus its gardens make you imagine how was the royal lifestyle of inhabitants in the old times.
El Parque Maria Luisa and Plaza de España
It is a huge public park with an area of 100 acres. This was the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo donated by the princess Luisa Fernanda to the city, an amazing royal gesture. And thanks to her, people are able to enjoy it until now.
I recommend traveling during spring, a suitable weather to walk around the city. Spot the gorgeous orange trees along the streets at the historical center. Take loads of photos to share with your friends! ¡Buen viaje! (have a nice trip!)
Fast Facts about Seville
- Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain with the population of more than 700,000 inhabitants
- It is the Capital of Andalucia (the most southern region of Spain)
- Sevilla celebrates two important events every year: Semana Santa (a religious festival with processions where people carry religious images) and ‘La Feria de Abril’ (a weeklong celebration in an open square with music, dancing, eating and drinking).
- Great artists like Diego Velázquez and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán and master Francisco Pacheco del Río were born in Seville.