The first time I was in Seville was in late August 2016. This enchanting city located in South Spain (Andalucia Province) has many reasons to come back to it again and again. When I stepped down the AVE (for me it is more joyful to travel sight-seeing than on a plane) I felt immediately the heat all over me. It was like a cloud was embracing me and giving me a Big welcome hug to the city.
Places. For me this was the Church city. As a fact, it´s the second city in the world after Rome to have the most number of churches per square feet. There are 120 churches in total! The local people (very nice) told me that on Holy week it’s almost impossible to just even walk thru the city. It gets full of tourists and locals that want to visit the Historic churches and Cathedrals that gather so much History. Seville’s narrow streets make you feel like you are inside a little Pueblo wherever you go.
You cannot miss the Plaza de España, in which you can find a very impressive Palace surrounded by a beautiful artificial river where you can have fun alone, with friends or family.
If you want to really get to know the city my advice is to stay in Historic Downtown. I personally stayed at a Hostal called Urban Seville and it situated in El Silencio street. From the door of my hostal you can turn any direction and you will find a place to visit or a Church in which you can feel mesmerized by their greatness.
People. I got a little lost because their narrow streets and asked for directions. I asked a very nice lady, who started the sentence by saying: “Cariño mio or Mi amor”, this was very nice because you felt you were in the right place, a place where you feel welcome and happy. Sevillan people are the nicest people I´ve ever met in Spain (Only known Barcelona and Valencia to be fair). They are always charismatic and will have a smile on their faces for you. I even learnt a new meaning for the word “salado”, which is happy and jovial. (this one is very used in all Andalucia).
Food. For nobody is a secret that Spain has the most delicious food in Europe and the world. There are lots of restaurants here that have Michelin Stars. Well, Seville couldn’t be behind and the food there is delicious. I went to a local Brasserie called La Quinta Braseria, where you can find the most representative Sevilles food, tapas and Mediterranean food that will leave you amazed. The 5J Jabugo Jamon Hamburguer is very recommended.
I left off a lot of other places to visit (you need almost 3 weeks to get to know the whole of Seville inside out), but I hope with this glimpse you visit one of the most fascinating cities that Spain has. Just go a visit beautiful Seville! The best months to visit it are April (Feria de Abril) and late August.
Written by Andrés Felipe Tarazona