3 Days in Seville Spain: The Frying Pan Of Spain
We spent 3 days in Seville Spain via train from Madrid. It cost $160 and was a 2.5 hour train trip. There was WIFI so I could do some blog work. (You know, because I love keeping ya’ll informed!)
We arrived in Seville at 11:30 AM and found our apartment. We shared a hot and muggy AIRBNB apartment with a sweet Italian guy and an American student from Washington state. We dropped off our things and headed out to visit this 4th most populated city in Spain. It was not any cooler on the streets and we found out that Seville is lovingly known as “The frying pan of Spain”. There is no humidity here, like in Barcelona, but instead it’s a dry heat like in Vegas. At 98 degrees Fahrenheit, every ounce of our energy was zapped instantly! We drank more water than imaginable but managed to sweat it out simultaneously. Our sleep was generally no good either, due to the room being 88 degrees with only a fan and no outside air flow! We were still SOO HAPPY to be in this glorious city!
Things to see during your 3 days in Seville Spain
Alcázar of Seville
A Moorish royal palace with fountain-filled gardens, ornate arches & 16th-century tiles.
Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
The Giralda is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain. It was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty. A Renaissance style top was later added by Spanish conquistadors after the expulsion of the Muslims from the area. The tower is 104.1 m (342 ft) in height and remains one of the most important symbols of the city!
A Gothic cathedral featuring iconic Moorish bell tower with city views, plus Columbus’ tomb.
Our first day in Seville brought us to a cathedral and palace. We did not go inside either but admired the architecture outside. We also admired the orange trees which surrounded the sidewalks! Oh and these books were helpful in planning our trip!
Address: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Maria Luisa Park
A sizable, prominent park featuring scenic plazas with landscaped gardens, plus fountains & monuments. This was a great place to kick up your feet in the shade and watch the ducks.
Address: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
This Sculptural wooden structure with an archaeological museum, rooftop walkway & viewpoint was built in 2011. Apparently, this is the largest wooden structure in Europe!
Address: Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
Plaza de Espana
We slept until 11 AM and lazily explored our neighborhood. It was another stifling day but we wanted to visit the Plaza Espana. We were smart and took the C3 bus for 2.80 euros each. The plaza is the highlight of Seville!
The plaza was built in 1928 and used in many cinema scenes. Measuring 50,000 square metres, the Plaza is the size of five football fields. There are 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain, each with a relevant map, all designed on colorful azulejos (painted ceramic tiles). The four bridges represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain: Castille, Aragon, Navarre and Leon. There is a little moat that runs underneath the bridges and you can rent small row boats to paddle about.
Even still, we took oodles of photos here! (I mean look at all these pictures!!!!) We couldn’t believe how intricate the mosaics, tiles, ceilings, walls, and lamp posts were in their Moorish forms.
Address: Av de Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
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Where to eat and play during your 3 days in Seville Spain
Casa de la Memoria
We decided to visit this flamenco house because it is smaller and more intimate. They have a nightly traditional flamenco show that incorporates a balance of guitar, singing, and dancing, performed on a small wooden stage. We had such a great time learning the traditional dance of Flamenco! I was surprised at all the foot tapping.
You can reserve online and pick your tickets up at the will call desk inside. Booking is recommended, as is turning up early—this place is tiny!
Address: Calle Cuna, 6
La Alameda, Seville
Established in 1574, this large open square with trees & Roman columns is a popular gathering place. It is named after the 8 white poplar trees that line the plaza.
After an uncomfortable nap, we showered (the water never got cold) and strolled around to find dinner. We found Alameda de Hercules, a place loaded with eateries, TVs filled with Soccer games, and families partaking in their nightly paseos. We ate empandillas (carne y pollo) and a burger, along with some local craft beers. On a following night we ate sea bass and veal loaded with veggies! What a place to be on a hot night in Seville!
Address: Alameda de Hércules, 33, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
Café de Hercules
We had a brunch at Café de Hercules, which consisted of: two 6 inch French bread loaves sliced in half, one baguette was topped with olive oil, avocado, tomato puree, oregano, and salt. The other baguette was garnished with orange and strawberry marmalade and butter. We also had 2 cafe con leches and waters for a grand total of 5 euros!! Spain constantly surprised us with how cheap it was to eat well!
Address: Calle Peris Mencheta, 15, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
On our last night in Seville, we went to a jazz club called Jazz Naima and sipped wine until late into the night. The band sang in English and the head singer, a female, had a raspy but sensual 1920s sound. Afterwards we downed some gelato before flopping into bed.
Address: Calle Conde de Barajas, 2, 41002 Sevilla, Spain
In these Ice Cream Parlors, the ice cream is crafted within the shop. The artisans prepare and pamper their ice cream to offer customers an excellent product, freshly made with local ingredients and few preservatives.
Address: Cuesta del Rosario, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
I do not recommend visiting in August unless you are well prepared for the heat. However, I would DEFINITELY place Seville on my bucket list!
Be Well and Travel Often!