Rediscovering Sevilla: A Visit From a Friend

Rediscovering Sevilla: A Visit From a Friend

Hi all!

So once again I am writing this a couple of weeks late…are you really surprised by now?

A couple of weekends ago my friend John from my course in England came down from Zaragoza (a city north of Madrid) to visit me for the puente, the bank holiday weekend. We got up to all sorts of touristy stuff and even visited another city, so because we did so much stuff I will split our long weekend into two sections: Sevilla and Córdoba, starting with Sevilla!

WARNING: This post will be very photo heavy as I currently live in a beautiful city and did some awesome things and visited some great places. Be ready to look at the most wonderful things you have seen in a long time, not to mention some quirky shots of us at the aforementioned great places!

So John got into Sevilla late on the Thursday night so we had an easy dinner of tapas at a local bar. No washing up, woo! It was also nice to just catch up and chat since we hadn’t seen each other for almost six months, since the end of second year.

We were really lucky to have amazing weather all weekend, especially since Sevilla had horrible weather for most of the week. We woke up to beautiful sunshine on Friday morning and got up and went out to make the most of it. The first place we went to was the Plaza de España and my word, if wasn’t it just the most beautiful place on the planet. I fell in love with Sevilla all over again.

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It was very empty of other people, there were just a few others wandering around like us. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was simply stunning. Doing something I hadn’t done before, we walked through the walkways around the edge and also looked at lots of the art of the Exposición Iberoamericana and also took some awesome photos of ourselves!

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That evening we went to Abril, a nightclub just a minute’s walk from my flat, with my flatmate and her friend.

On the Saturday we woke up as early as we could for having gone out the night before, and went back into the city centre to visit the Real Alcázar. Before we went to the Alcázar we were pretty hungry so we got some pizza at a place called Slice of New York and let me tell you that was the best pizza I have ever eaten. Not because I was super hungry, but it was genuinely the best pizza I have ever had. Definitely left an avid Trip Advisor review that evening…don’t judge, yeah?

This was my second time going to the Alcázar and it was just as lovely as before! We spent a little more time inside than I did last time, and I finally got to see the famous baths which you see on all the advertisements and other publicity/publications.

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John rather liked all the palm trees in the grounds of the palace, and it became a game for me to snap a photo of him every time he took a photo of a palm tree.

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“I’m in Hollywood, baby!” – J. Kay, 6.12.2014.

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After food at Patio San Eloy (where we had some awesome montaditos), we went to an area called Las Setas where we went up onto the Metropol Parasol. The Metropol Parasol is an 85ft tall wooden structure, apparently the largest in the world, and is on the Plaza de la Encarnación and is visually stunning by night and day. John and I went up at around 5:45pm and made it in time to watch the sunset over Sevilla. The view was phenomenal and the colours in the sky were simply breaktaking.

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We stayed up there for about an hour, snapping photos of my second-home city and taking in the sight of Sevilla from above, until we got too cold and had to go down. On our way home we stopped for ice cream (cold ice cream on a cold night? Our logic is flawless…) and it was the best chocolate ice cream I have ever had, seriously.

On the Sunday we went on a day trip to Córdoba. Read about this here!

After we got back from our trip to Córdoba we went to the Plaza de España to see it at night at it was a great decision. It was just as beautiful at night time, though maybe not as impacting. Wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone in Sevilla who hasn’t done it yet!

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We then went to see the Christmas lights in the city centre that had only recently been turned on. It was super busy because of the long weekends and numerous Christmas markets and fairs going on, but it was so nice to see the lights and the Christmas-induced hustle and bustle. They even had John’s beloved palm trees all lit up!

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On Monday we woke up relatively early compared to other days as John was leaving that afternoon. We went on a river cruise on the Río Guadalquivir where we went on a whistle-stop tour of all the other sights of Sevilla that we just didn’t have time to visit: Torre de Oro, Puente de Triana, and the site of the 1992 Expo.

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Afterwards, we quickly poked our heads into the Plaza de Toros – I will definitely come for a tour when I come back in January, though I won’t be seeing a match, no thank you.

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After an awesome chicken paella, we went to the Giralda, the bell tower of Sevilla’s cathedral and our last stop of the weekend. Seeing as it was the puente it was super busy and we couldn’t visit inside the cathedral itself as there were masses being held, but we could go up the bell tower and it was such a good idea to do so. The view from the top is stunning. My favourites were seeing the Plaza de Toros and the Río Guadalquivir from up high, and I even managed to find my street! The Giralda used to be the tallest building in Sevilla until construction started on the Torre Cajasol, an office skyscraper that will house the headquarters of the bank Cajasol. The Torre Cajasol is now the tallest building in not only Sevilla, but in the whole of Andalucía!

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I had such a fab weekend, even if I am all touristed out for a while! It was nice to spend time getting to know my city again and falling in love with it even more. It always takes a visit from someone else to realise what I wonderful place you live in, even when you live in a place as beautiful as Sevilla.

Big thank you to John for visiting – I’m glad you enjoyed it…thank you for getting me out of the house for a weekend!

Next: Córdoba.

Until then,

Yours, H x

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