The second place we visited in Spain was Seville. This town is located south of Spain in the Andalusia region. Seville (or Sevilla in spanish) is a small, quaint and charming town. Right away, I felt the southern comfort vibes as soon as we got inside the cab. The driver was friendly and very informative on things we must do while visiting this beautiful town.
Our hotel did not disappoint. It had a spanish feel with a modern twist. The lobby was very inviting, and the hotel has a nice rooftop where you can view the whole town. This property used to belong to Marriott and was formerly called Fontecruz Seville. And, you guessed it, we stayed here for free. 🙂
The hotel was located within walking distance to town and so we went on a stroll. We decided on getting a carriage ride to view the outskirts of main town and I’m so glad we did! Sevilla has so much to offer and the weather was perfect for the ride.
Did you know the remains of Christopher Columbus is inside the Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)? His tomb and plaque are displayed nicely and you can take pictures of it. Pretty awesome! Outside the Cathedral, there are women who have sprigs of rosemary. They come up to people and say “Anda toma un regalo para ti” (here is a gift for you). When you extend your hand to get the sprig, they will grab your hand and read your fortune for a tip. But since they consider coins to be “bad luck” the minimum tip you can give them is 5 euro. I read this before arriving to Sevilla so we ignored these women. I see you, scammers!
Another place we visited in Sevilla was Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. This is the bullring where some of the most intense bullfighting happens. We did not attend a bullfight, but we did tour the arena. We learned about the matadors and saw artifacts from when it all started. Even though this topic is highly controversial, it is still a practicing tradition and a big part of the Spanish culture.
Going to a Flamenco is a must in Sevilla! We went to a small and intimate location for a show and we left there with goosebumps all over. Los Gallos Tablao is an authentic Flamenco show that is guaranteed to provide you with a great time! And the dancers…un.real. They were intense ad on point. I truly recommend this show and arrive early to get good seats.
One of the many things I purchased in Sevilla were fans. The handmade quality on these fans are phenomenal! The town is very lively at night and most shops are open. Sevilla, I don’t know if I will ever go back, but you will always have a special place in my heart.