Dreaming of Seville

Dreaming About Seville

Every time I visit Spain I get this overwhelming feeling of serenity. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s like all my worries and troubling thoughts are miles away (mainly because they literally are) and all that’s left is pure joy. So when I saw that we can visit the city in under two and a half hours from our place in the Algarve, I knew I couldn’t pass this opportunity, so I called it an early birthday present to myself. When we arrived, I had only one thought: Seville is GORGEOUS! Yes, it deserves to be in caps. In fact, should I have written the “5 cities to return to” post now, the list would look different. Watch out Barcelona, you’ve got some serious competition!

Sadly, we had limited time in the city so in case you were wondering what can you do for a day in Seville, I’m here to tell you what you mustn’t miss.

The cathedral & Giralda

The breathtaking cathedral from Seville

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is simply the most beautiful cathedral I have ever seen. The biggest religious building in Spain (with 23500 square meters!), on the outside it may seem like your typical Gothic cathedral, but the interior is breathtaking and you can easily fill an entire memory card while photography the 80 (EIGHTY!) chapels. Here’s a tip: look up! There are so many stunning vaults in different styles, from the Gothic lace-like, to Renaissance and Baroque.

View of Seville from the Giralda Tower

From the cathedral, you can visit the Giralda Tower and walk to the top floor for a great view over the city. That is, if you can see anything from all the iPad-photographers up there. I said walk, because there aren’t any stairs, there are ramps for a quick and easy access. 35 floors don’t sound so scary now, do they? I found it interesting that there are many other towers inspired by it throughout the world, especially in the US.

AlcΓ‘zar of Seville

The impressive Alcazar Palace in Seville, a Game of Thrones filming location

The oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, the AlcΓ‘zar palace is a magnificent place, with a rich history starting from the 12th century. The Moorish style that I grew to appreciate in Portugal is present all around here and the dome of the Embassadors Hall (first picture, left corner) will take your breath away. The royal gardens are charming and definitely worth a visit, but sadly we’ve only seen a small part of them.

Old Town

The Old Town of Seville

The old town of Seville is a maze of narrow streets with many delightful restaurants and cafes, perfect for a short stop to eat and have a drink. Sangria, of course. πŸ˜‰

Plaza de EspaΓ±a

The gorgeous Plaza Espana from Seville

No visit to Seville is complete without seeing the exquisite place that was even featured on The Amazing Race. Situated in the Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de EspaΓ±a is an example of Renaissance Revival architectural style and it’s showcasing all the regions of Spain (hence the name) on the walls of the building. Be careful on a hot summer day if you spend to much time in the square as there aren’t any shadowy areas and the sun can be quite bright.

The bottom line is, Seville is a gorgeous place that I cannot wait to return to for a longer stay. And if I haven’t convinced you already, maybe you will be interested to hear that Game of Thrones will film its 5th season there (perhaps the location for Dorne?).

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  • Holy eye poppin’ colour! And folks think India is colourful?! Clearly ain’t got nuttin on Seville. πŸ™‚

    • I’m sure India is just as colourful, I’d love to visit it one day! πŸ™‚

      • You should! It is one of those places that either you love or… don’t but will never know til you do. πŸ™‚

    • This is exactly what I was about to say! πŸ™‚

  • jennmalka

    Your pictures are amazing! I’ve never been, but it seems lovely!

    • Thank you! You should go, it’s a very lovely city. πŸ™‚

  • revatidifferentdoors

    We’re so sad that we missed Seville during our Spain trip. All of your pictures look stunning but the Alcazar is really something else!

    • I wasn’t planning on visiting Alcazar, but I saw a picture and that it was close to the Cathedral, so I thought “why not?”. I would have definitely regretted it, should I have missed it.

  • Hmmmm….. I am all kinds of conflicted. I have been to all those places (I went to Sevilla and Granada for a long weekend while spending a semester in Madrid), and I do not remember being this taken with the place. Maybe because it was April and snowing? I dont know, I remember feeling very out of place. Maybe I need to add all the non-Madrid, non-Barcelona Spain to my do-over list…

    • Maybe I’ve enjoyed it so much because: a. I love Spanish architecture and I was coming from the Algarve and the styles between the two are entirely different or b. The weather was perfect. Either way, I really really want to go back to Spain (can’t believe I still haven’t been to Madrid!)

  • So colorful! I was just in Sevilla, but it rained like crazy when I was there. But I did get to see some of the filming action for Game of Thrones! πŸ˜€

    • Ooooh, interesting! Have you spotted any actors? πŸ˜€

  • I think the cathedral in Seville is the most beautiful one that I have ever seen. I agree with you that Seville is “gorgeous”. When we visited the city the orange trees were in bloom and the air was filled with an unbelievable aroma. Great pictures, as always.

    • I was thinking the same thing, the cathedral is stunning! Do you have pictures of the orange trees? I would love to see them, I’m sure they’re beautiful πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE Seville!!!! The perfect place for flamenco too. Since I missed Plaza de EspaΓ±a the last time around, I shall use that as an excuse to return πŸ˜‰

    • Haha, Plaza de Espana was the only thing I knew about the city, but then I bought a guide and I wanted to see EVERYTHING! πŸ˜€

  • Fantastic pictures. I should come back to Spain. I’ve only been to Barcelona but this country is so much more…

    • Barcelona is still my favorite city, but I agree, Spain is a beautiful country worth exploring from North to South and East to West. πŸ™‚

  • OMG, what a gorgeous city! It sounds right up my alley with so many beautiful buildings! You have definitely made me want to see Seville! These photos are really stunning!

    • Spanish architecture is my favorite, there are gorgeous buildings around every corner. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Tim

    Gorgeous photography Vlad; were you using a filter is was that just how it is? I have not been to Sevilla but on two occasions I was almost there. I think it is always a good thing to leave a city, or any place, while you are still hungry for more…as opposed to over-staying. Makes the return even sweeter.

    • No filters (except in the first photo), just some small corrections in Lightroom. πŸ™‚ I agree with you, I’ve spent 10 days in Valencia a few years ago and I don’t feel the urge to return anymore, even though I’ve loved the city.

  • DiningTraveler

    Sevilla was one of the first weekend trips I made when I moved to Europe in 2006. Such a gorgeous city. Wish I could back soon.

    • I want to go back as well, I started checking to see how I can include it in a trip in the future. Thank you for commenting!

  • I have always wanted to visit seville! Reading this post has just bumped it high on the bucket list destinations πŸ™‚

    • Glad I could help, haha. Thank you for commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Seville looks like an amazing place to visit! I just love the architecture!

    • YES, the architecture in Spain is simply amazing! πŸ™‚

  • Indeed Sevilla is amazing, I want to go back there next year!

    • Awesome, I hope you go and have a wonderful time!

  • Hi Vlad, I;ve been to Spain twice but have not made it to Seville. You just confirmed what I have missed and convince me to definitely make it there next time. I have head about the beautiful cathedral but didn’t realize it had 80!! chapels. Wow, that’s a lot of rooms of prayers. Your photos of Old Town looks so gorgeous. I’d also love to check out that palace. Can’t wait to be there. Thank for taking us on a lovely virtual tour.
    Linking up through #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • This was my third time to Spain, so I have missed it the first two times as well. Definitely a city worth seeing! Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

  • Well now you’ve got me dreaming too! Beautiful pictures! AND Game of Thrones filming?? What more could you ask for?! πŸ™‚

    • A plane ticket maybe? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

  • As you I also looooove Spain <3 Ive never been to Seville, but I hope to change this someday! Beautiful and stunning pictures πŸ˜€

    • Thank you! I can’t get enough of Spain, been there three times but there are still so many beautiful cities that I haven’t visited! Maybe I’ll go again next year for TBEX πŸ˜€

      • You’re welcome πŸ˜€ ohh yesss, TBEX there will be a dream!! You also need to go to Madrid πŸ˜€ Im planning to go for new year’s there, I hope it works… I love Madrid!!

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  • Dannielle Noonan

    Your pictures are stunning! Off to check flight prices…

    • Thank you, I’m sure you’ll love Seville just as much as I did πŸ™‚

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