Exploring Seville’s City Center

I found Anton at the front desk chatting with the guy in charge. He seemed impressed that Anton could pretty much carry a conversation in Spanish. Here’s a tip: if you can speak even just a bit of the local language, try to use it to the best of your ability not only to impress but because it is the fastest way to a local’s heart. This was actually how we found our way to Casa Jimio for some interesting tapas.

Calle-Jimio

Front desk guy pointed us there; it is only a short walk from our hostel, La Casa de la Luna and a stone’s throw away from Plaza Nueva. From there, he said, we could hop from one excellent tapas bar to another. Following his lead, we got ourselves a table at La Flor de Toranzo, also known locally as Casa Trifon.

lunchLeft to right: Salmorejo; olives; Jamon Iberico “bellota”

Apparently one of the more famous bars in Seville, it offers a traditional menu with specialty tapas like foie gras, marinated turkey breast, anchovy rolls…

sandwiches-of-La-Flor-de-Toranzo

Anchoas con leche condensada (anchovies with condensed milk) sandwich caught our eye and suffice it to say that we were so blown away with the flavor combination, we got another order even if we were attempting to do a tapas bar crawl, a time-honored tradition that has Spaniards walking, drinking, and nibbling almost daily.

Seville. This beautiful Andalusian capital sitting on the lower reaches of the River Guadalquivir oozes with charm.

The-Adriatico-BuidlingThe Adriatico Building

As with most European cities, historical monuments are scattered around but what sets Seville apart is its seductive atmosphere—starting with the Seville orange trees found in every corner perfuming the air with its blossoms, its passion for flamenco

condetria-fillelia

and its love for food.

One thing Seville does not have little of, is its tapas bars and restaurants. Being a city of eaters and drinkers, tapas joints abound in Seville.

food-lovers

A day for a true Sevillano starts with a pre-breakfast snack (around 7am), then followed by the real breakfast at 10am. A beer or a glass of vino accompanies lunch at 2pm and at 5pm, the Sevillano head to the bars to tide them over till supper at home, usually around 9pm.

With our bellies full from a very satisfying lunch (we only managed 2 bars),

people

we headed to Avenida de la Constitucion, taking in its vibrancy—people of all kinds (locals, tourists, students…)

old-and-new

fill the street, historical monuments and buildings share space with modern shopping malls,

tram

modern trams ply the cobbled avenida, and adding to the gaiety, music filled the air from a guy playing Besame Mucho in his accordion…

accordion-man

madness in a good way is what this major thoroughfare is.

The Cathedral and the Giralda

The-Cathedral-along-Avenida

The largest Gothic building in Europe sits in the heart of the city on Avenida de la Constitucion. The Seville Cathedral, its flamboyance an expression of the city’s wealth during the 15th century.

grandeur

Replacing what was once a grand mosque of the Almohad Dynasty in the 12th century, it dominates the city today with its splendor and size. The astonishingly large building breaks several size records, making it the largest church in the world when measured by volume.

cathedral-interior

I was filled with awe at the massive size of the cathedral, at its sumptuous simplicity: the ceiling is about 13 stories high (42m) at the central nave and gilded in gold.

high-ceiling

The huge interior has a large collection of artworks from Murillo, Zurbaran, and Goya among others.

Its bell tower is called the Giralda. It was the large and beautiful minaret of the mosque, built to resemble that of the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech in Morocco.

giralda-2

Not only is it now the bell tower of the largest church in the world and the tallest landmark in Seville, it is also an excellent example of the cultural blend that molded Spain into what it is today.

giralda

It stands 343 ft. (105m) tall above sea level and instead of steps, a series of ramps were built so that the person calling the faithful to prayer (when it was still a mosque) could easily ride a horse up to the top.

view-from-the-giralda-2

Do make your way up the ramps because when you reach the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic view of Seville.

view-from-the-giralda

view-from-the-giralde

And after walking up the tower, we did as the Sevillanos always do; we found our spot and had an afternoon snack.

afternoon-meriendaUseful Info:

La Casa de la Luna
Calle Mariana de Pineda (near Puerta Jerez)
+34 954-218-389
 
La Flor de Toranzo
Calle Jimio 1-3
+34 954-229-315
 
Seville Cathedral
Avenida de la Constitucion

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7 Responses to Exploring Seville’s City Center

  1. ewok1993 says:

    did my previous comment get in? i got a msg that says it didn’t post or something. anyway i was just telling that our cruise (fall) docks in malaga and casablanca and wonder if you have any tip on day trips/excursions or know anyone who does?

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    • Jenn says:

      Hi Maria, in Malaga, many do a day to Ronda if you have limited time. It is the best among the pueblos blancos along Malaga and Cadiz. We stayed in Ronda and went around on our own. In Casablanca, again, we hired a taxi to take us around for a few hours. You must visit the Grand Hassan Mosque especially if you only have a few hours to spare. Near the mosque is Corniche d’ Ain Diab, a boardwalk with many restaurants facing the water.

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  2. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful place with so much to see.

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  3. ladyfi says:

    That cathedral looks stunning!

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  4. Wonderful collection of shots. Must visit after seeing them.

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