When your travels bring you Seville, Spain, it may be difficult to know where to start in this amazing city. During a recent weekend visit, I was very crunched for time and had to pick and choose my activities very wisely. After my whirlwind tour of the city, these three items top my list!
1. Climb the Giralda. The view from the top of the tower on the Seville Cathedral is breathtaking. The bell tower provides a sweeping view of the city in a splendid display of color and texture. Be sure to try and spot the Espacio Metropol Parasol, a funky mushroom-shaped shopping area. After you climb the tower, be sure to check out the Cathedral itself. There is beautiful stained glass and you can even see Christopher Columbus’ grave!
2. Experience a flamenco show. Flamanco is a type of music that is native to Andalucía and includes singing, dancing and guitar playing. While Seville is full of venues for flamenco shows, you will get the best experience if you look for a small and intimate setting. The flamenco show I saw featured a female singer whose voice was powerful and strong, an impossibly fast-fingered guitar player, and incredibly talented male and female dancers. When the guitarist had a solo, I could not take my eyes off of his swiftly moving fingers. I had listened to some flamenco music before, but the live show really showed me how talented one has to be to produce this kind of music.
3. Visit the Plaza de España. The Plaza de España was constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 as Spain’s contribution to the exhibition. Each autonomous region of Spain completed a bench that is displayed in the plaza. The artistry of each bench is beautiful and the unity behind the project is inspiring. The Plaza de España is a great place to relax for a little while and take in the beauty of Seville.