Spanish Holiday: Seville


After months of planning, agonising over hotels, Spanish train websites and navigating Gatwick Airport, we arrived in the first city on our mini tour of Andalusia – Seville. This is where I learned that when English doesn’t work, Italian sometimes does but it’s not very pretty. I am useless with Spanish.

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This guy didn’t mind my poor Spanish skills.

 

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While Seville is in Andalusia, an autonomous community in Spain, and is in a lot of ways, very Spanish, Andalusia has a very obvious Moorish and Arabic influence. The Alcazar was absolutely gorgeous.

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The Giralda is the jewel in the eye of Seville and used to be a minaret on the Moorish city’s mosque.

 

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The inside, however, is very much of the European tradition.

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The Torre del Oro is another manifestation of the city’s Moorish past. It also houses a pretty cool Maritime Museum reflecting the great shipping tradition of Seville and lots of model ships.

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I found the neighbourhood of Macarena the most interesting. indie shops, cool graffiti and a bit less touristy.

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The juxtaposition of the new Parasols in the old quarter of Seville is really cool. There is this new, modern structure next to crumbling buildings and traditional architecture.

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