Destinations

The charm of Sevilla, Spain

I still do not leave the wonder and the happiness after having spent two wonderful weeks in Sevilla, Spain. The reason for my first visit to the Andalusian capital was for work, and although we work long hours, I can assure you that it has been one of the best assignments I have ever had.

Not only did I have the opportunity to share with an excellent team, but Sevilla and its Sevillians welcomed us with open arms and only hours after having stepped on Spanish soil, we felt at home.

With the best team in Sevilla.

As you can imagine, there are many anecdotes, experiences and tips to enjoy this city. I will tell you about them over the course of the weeks but I want to start with a practical and easy guide to having an experience “guay”.

 

In the heart of Sevilla is the largest cathedral in the world,  La Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede with its impressive gold altar. Whether religious or not, this is a visit you can not miss because every space of this cathedral has its charm and it is said that here rests the remains of Christopher Columbus.

The golden altar that you will see in the Cathedral of Sevilla will leave you with the mouth open.

Tomb with the remains of Cristobal Colon.

Do not stop looking for this mirror that is strategically placed for you to take the photo to the impressive ceilings.

Right next to the Cathedral of Sevilla, you can not miss the famous Giralda, the tower with its emblematic bell tower that measures more than 104 meters. This tower has no stairs, no advisor, but ramps that go throughout the interior. The journey takes between 20-30 minutes, depending on your physical condition and how much wine you took the night before. 😉 

View from the Giralda.

In the historic center of Sevilla you can also find the Archivo General de Indias. Created since 1785 this is the largest archive that exists with all the documentation of the conquest of America and the Philippines by Spain. In the 9 kilometers that the building measures, there are more than 80 million documents, including 8,000 maps and drawings, documents signed and used by great conquerors such as Christopher Columbus.  

 

Another place to visit is the Real Alcázar de Sevilla. This palace, which is now a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built in different historical stages … started from the Middle Ages and with Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque influences to name a few.

Jardines y fuente de Mercurio.

In Sevilla you can also find the Torre de Oro, which receives its name by the golden glow that reflected the tower on the river Guadalquivir, and to few meters of distance, the Plaza de Toros

Aunque ha sido motivo de controversia, en Sevilla encuentras las famosas “setas” en el la Plaza la Encarnación en Sevilla.  Su apodo “Setas” lo lleva por la figura de este edificio vanguardista que fue diseñado por el arquitecto Alemán Jürgen Mayer. Esta estructura de madera mide 150 metros de ancho y tiene una altura de un poco más de 26 metros.  

Las Setas help shade the hot summer days.

 

Of its five levels my favorite, the fifth there is the Mirador at 28.5 meters high. Of the best panoramic views of Sevilla.

Another place you can not miss is the Plaza España which is located in Parque Maria Luisa and was built in 1928 on the occasion of the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929. Apart from being one of the main attractions of Sevilla, it serves as a space for many government offices.

La Basílica de la  Macarena, Is not perhaps the largest or prettiest, but is the most important for the Sevillians because there is the Virgin of the Hope Macarena. Here you can also find the Hispano altar, an altarpiece with the images of many of the Virgin of Latin America. 

The arrival of the Virgin Macarena to her Basilica on Good Friday after twelve hours of walking the streets of Sevilla.

 

 

Daily, thousands of people visit the Basilica de la Macarena.

 

The altar of Hispanity.

Nor can you stop visiting the Barrio Santa Cruz where you find typical Andalusian patios where the beauty of flowers, tiles and architecture are combined.

And your visit is not complete without going to Barrio de Triana. Lose yourself in its streets, visit the iglesia de Santa Ana And take a walk along the river Guadalquivir. Walking through this colorful neighborhood you will understand why Miguel Bose sings: “The heart that goeos to Triana, never returns, Sevilla”

And for those who wonder what and where to eat in Sevilla, stay tuned that very soon comes a post with all that. Here an advance 😉

 

Thank you for your comments and suggestions. #MaityontheGo