Seville, in the south of Spain, the heart of Andalusia. It’s a lively city full of orange trees. Even just wandering around the streets is very enjoyable, but I still listed the activities to do in Seville.
1. Tour Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral is a magnificent building. This cathedral, which was built in 1520, took the title of “the largest church in the world” from the hands of Hagia Sophia when it was completed. Today it is the largest gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world. Another feature is that it hosts the tomb of Christopher Columbus. When all these features come together, it is impossible to come to Seville without visiting its cathedral.
2. Exit Giralda
The bell tower of Seville Cathedral is called Giralda. This is the prism-shaped high-rise that has become the symbol of the city, which takes its place in all Sevilla photographs. When it was first built, it was the minaret of the mosque located in the same area before the cathedral, then Giralda became a bell tower after the mosque was demolished and the cathedral was built. The perfect place to watch the city from above.
3. Tour the Alcazar Palace
One of the most beautiful examples of Moorish architecture in Southern Spain is the Alcazar Palace. Its gardens and carved stone buildings are simply fabulous. Today, it is still used as the Royal Palace for the royal family’s visits to Seville. As such, it is the oldest palace still in use in the world. The Alcazar also has a significance in popular history. The “Water Gardens of Dorne” scenes in Game of Thrones were shot here.
4. Sunset at Plaza de Espana
Another place in Seville used as a movie set is the Plaza de Espana. Star Wars winks at the audience in the scenes set in Theed, the capital of the planet Naboo. One of the most beautiful aspects of the plaza are the ceramics depicting all the cities of Spain.
5. Watch Flamenco
Seville is the capital of flamenco. While you’re here, you can’t go back without watching flamenco. You can watch flamenco at places called tablado, and you can even take flamenco lessons in some of them. Los Gallao and Casa de la Memoria are the most famous places. My favorite is La Carboneria, which is an extremely underground place. You can also visit the Flamenco Museum to learn more about the history and spirit of dance.
6. Tour the Setas de Sevilla
Let’s come to the modern architecture of Seville. Setas, also known as Metropol Parasol, is the largest wooden structure in the world. When you climb on top of the mushroom-like structure, you reach the walking path and you can watch Sevilla from above. There is also an archeology museum called Antiquarium inside the complex.
7. Get Lost on the Streets of Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz neighborhood, also known as the Jewish Quarter, is the most touristic area of Seville. It is incredibly enjoyable to stroll through its colorful and narrow streets and to be surrounded by the beauty of the scent of orange flowers. There are also many cafes and souvenir shops in this neighborhood. If you want to take pictures of cute buildings that are not sabotaged by other people, I suggest you visit early in the morning.
8. Tour the Guadalquivir River
One of the enjoyable activities in Seville is to join one of the boat tours on the Guadalquivir River. If you are a little more adventurous, you can also tour the river by canoe.