Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sevilla, Ma Belle Andalouse

Please please PLEASE forgive me that I'm only now catching up on last year's travels here...but better late than never, right? :)

Following 10 days in Morocco, my friends and I took the ferry from Tangier to Algeciras, Spain for a dose of Andalucía. This ended up being one of my favorite places I visited all year, and I don't say that lightly. So get ready, because this is about to be a super photo-heavy post!

We couldn't go to Seville and NOT visit the Metropol Parasol, the world's largest wooden structure, which also offers incredible panoramas of the city. You may also hear people refer to it as the giant mushroom--take a look at the structure and you'll see why!

The Catedral de Sevilla was next on my list, and it took my breath away. This Gothic-style cathedral is absolutely immense, and it even houses Christopher Columbus' tomb and the Crown Jewels. The discovery of la giralda, or the bell tower, really made my visit, as climbing it offered even more spectacular views of the city!

Let's not forget that the square surrounding the cathedral is filled with beautiful architecture--and horses!

Just a few steps away from the cathedral is the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, the royal palace. What a sight! The palace is full of Islamic architecture, which is no surprise given Seville's proximity to North Africa. The entire compound was beautiful, both inside and out, but the orangery and roaming peacocks were my favorite aspects of it!

Even though it wasn't bullfighting season, I still got to tour the Plaza de Toros (bullfighting ring). Actually, I'm quite glad I went off-season--I don't think I could stomach a fight. The architecture is almost cheery, but the stories it holds are pretty morbid.

No trip to Seville would be complete without visiting the iconic Plaza de España, located in María Luisa Park. Not gonna lie, I had a wonderful two-hour nap in the park on my last day, and it would have been the perfect location for a picnic.

One last thing--the food. It was so. good. Chilled gazpacho, fried goat cheese with fruit, 2€ sangria, xurros con xocolata (churros with chocolate)...I was in heaven!

...and finally, here is a little video I put together of the trip. Enjoy!

Have any of you been to Seville? What did you think of it?

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