Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Seville, Spain . . .

While Granada has the great Alhambra and Córdoba has the famous Mezquita, it is said that Seville has the “Soul” of Andalusía.

Historically, in the 16th century the city of Seville boomed when Spain did. Explorers like Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan sailed from its great river harbor, discovering new routes and sources of gold, silver, cocoa, and tobacco. In the 17th Century, Seville became Spain’s largest and richest city and local artists like Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Murillo and Francisco de Zurbarán made it a cultural center. Today, Spain is the fourth largest city and is Andalusía’s leading destination. Sevilla has its share of impressive sights, but the real magic is the city itself. Famous writer, James Michener wrote, “Sevilla doesn’t have ambience, it is ambience.” – Rick Steves (Spain 2008)

Seville, the capital of Andalusía is a compact city with most of its’ major sights located within or very near to the city centre which is on the east bank of the Río Guadalquivir. Major sights include: the great Seville Cathedral and La Giralda, Reales Alcázares, Museo de Belas Artes, Baillica de la Marcarena, the Palace of Casa de Pilatos and Seville’s bullring (Plaza de Toros de la Maestanza).

Among the highlights of my stay will be visiting the great Seville Cathedral, which took over a century to build and is considered the largest in Europe. The Cathedral is located on the site of the great mosque built by the Amohads in the late 12th century. In addition to viewing the Gothic immensity and works of art in its chapels and treasury, I will also get to climb La Giralda (the bell tower) for some superb views of the city. I’m going to enjoy spending time exploring the Barrio Santa Cruz and doing some relaxing tapas bar hopping, which I am finding out is considered a “must do” in not only Seville but in most of the cities/towns I’ll be visiting. But the absolute highlight for me will be getting to watch my first live Flamenco performance at Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos. (Thank you María for the inspiration and recommendation.)

I am learning that Sevilla has this wonderful energy, spirit and vibe to it and I am really looking forward to my visit there.

I tried to find a really cool video just like I found for Madrid and Córdoba, but all I could find was this pretty decent touristy one. So you know what that means, don’t you? I’m just going to have to make a really cool YouTube video myself when I return! :)


  1. Wow it looks like such a beautiful city. It's really got a nice golden glow about it. 50 days! That will fly by and be here before you know it. You are doing such a great job researching before your trip! Take care, Annie

  2. Oh my gosh Kathy, you’re so well prepared for this trip that I think I’m going to put away my guidebook and just read your blog. Good job! I know you’re going to have a wonderful time.

    Due to my phobia of heights I won’t be climbing La Giralda, so I'll be waiting for your pictures from the top of the bell tower to show me everything I missed for being so silly about heights.

    I have enjoyed every single video you have shared with us and I’m sure your video of Seville is going to be terrific!

  3. Hi Annie, thanks for your comments. Sevilla does look very beautiful! 50 Days . . . it does feel like time is flying by so fast. I'm pretty calm and excited right now but I'm sure that I'll be freaking out when I get down to 7 days!

    I really do think reading and then writing about where I'll be and what I'll be seeing is really helping me to remember things a lot better. Maybe it'll all come back nicely when I am there and looking at everything. Or at least I hope it will! :)

    Have a nice evening and an awesome weekend!

  4. Hi Maria, thanks for your comments. I am enjoying reading and then writing about everything for this trip and it seems to be helping me to remember things. I also feel more prepared for this trip because of all the things I have learned from reading everyone's blogs and from reading all your comments and recommendations on my posts. You all are the best!

    Maria, you shouldn't feel silly about your fear of heights. My friend's husband has a similar fear and so there are times when he has not joined us on a certain activity which involved heights. And it's totally understandable.

    I'll definitelly take lots of photos for you! And I will also try my best to do a really cool video on Soulful Sevilla!

    Have a great evening!

  5. I thought that was a cool video! I can't wait to hear about the tower. My fear would be crossing that bridge! I agree with María, the day I finally get to Spain, your blog will be where I will get my info!

  6. Hi Girasoli, thanks for your comments. Actually the preparations for this trip has been a group effort. The great guidebooks, fantastic websites recommended by everyone, the great movies, the ST website and reports, all the shows and DVD's that eveyone has recommended have all been very influencial in developing my knowledge base for this trip. I tried to keep track of them in my resources page to share and as easy reference, for when I return to Spain! :)

    Thanks again for your comments and have a nice weekend!


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