For our free weekend (back on the weekend of June 3rd, sorry for the delay!!), a few of my friends and I decided to go to Seville. After a short 2 hour train ride, we quickly headed into the city center and got our weekend started.
We decided to stay in an Airbnb and we ended up loving it. It was relatively close to the city center and held all 8 of us. You can check out the apartment we stayed at here! Look at how cute it is!
Anyway, here is what we ended up doing in Seville and what I definitely recommend you do:
- Plaza De España
The Plaza de España had to be my favorite site we visited in Seville. It was built in 1928 for the World’s Fair and was featured in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Here’s the scene that was in the movie. The architecture of Plaza de España mixes both art deco and Neo-Mudéjar style and expands over 494,410 square feet.
Essentially, the building is a large half circle surrounded by a moat and is said to represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. Today, the building is used for government purposes. Isn’t is beauuuuutiful?
I enjoyed just strolling around the plaza. There are tons of vendors, musicians, and even flamenco dancers who hang out here! You can also go for a little boat ride around the pond.
- Alcázar of Seville
The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace originally made by the Moorish Muslim Kings. It is actually still used by the Royal family, making it the oldest palace in the world that is still in use.
Also, for all my Game of Thrones friends out there… multiple episodes have been filmed here!! Check out one of the clips here!
The term Alcázar is a Hispano-Arabic word meaning “Royal House” or “Room of the Prince.” The Alcázar was built mostly during the 13th century, aka the “dark ages,” but the inside of the is fortress is anything but dark.
After capturing the city of Seville in 1248, Fernando the III actually moved in for a few months. Throughout the eleven centuries of its existance, the Alcázar has been reconstructed numerous times. Fernando the III’s son, Alfonso X, decided to change some of the muslim architecture into Gothic style.
This site takes a few hours, so I would suggest setting aside half of your day to do a thorough walk-through!
- Catedral de Santa María de la Sede
The largest Gothic style cathedral and the third largest cathedral in the world.
This Cathedral was basically built to show off the city’s wealth. In the years following the Reconquest, the city of Seville was a popular area for trading. Construction started in 1402 and was not completed until 1506. What’s interesting is that the clergy gave most of their stipends to pay for the artists, architects, stained glass, and other expenses.
The Catedral de Santa María de la Sede has the longest nave of any cathedral in Spain which measures up to 138 feet tall! Fun fact about this Cathedral: the dome of this cathedral has collapsed twice! The first time was in 1511 right after it was completed, and again in 1888 after an earthquake.
More notably, Christopher Columbus is buried in this cathedral! Columbus’ remains were actually moved multiple times over the centuries. Both Cuba and the Dominican Republic held control over his remains at one point.
The Cathedral also takes a couple of hours to thoroughly walk through. But I loved this Cathedral, and it was one of my favorites from the entire trip!
Seville was one of my favorite cities I have been to so far. I definitely recommend you stop by and sightsee!
Have you been to Seville before? Comment below! 🙂