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SEVILLE, SPAIN
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We spent 3 nights in Seville in March/April 2007 and 2 nights in December 2013. Seville is Spain's fourth largest city, located in Andalucia in the south of Spain and is possibly the most beautiful city in the whole of Spain. The pedestrianised old centre is very picturesque with narrow winding streets, orange trees, pretty squares, impressive historic buildings and a large selection of tapas bars, cafes and restaurants. The Guadalquivir River runs through the city. Seville is an incredibly beautiful and photogenic city with many photo opportunities.

Transport in Seville

 

Seville is a very walkable city. You have no choice in the Barrio Santa Cruz area because most of it is pedestrianised, with streets too narrow for traffic. Apart from the bus from the airport, we didn't use transport at all. They have a metro and there are trams and buses, but we didn't use any of them.

 

The Airport Bus takes about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. On the weekend we used it, we found this bus service to be extremely unreliable. On the way from the airport we had to wait an hour although it was meant to run every 30 minutes. It was even worse on the way back. We arrived just after 1.30pm and there was a long queue so we could tell that the 1.30pm bus hadn't been. The 1.45pm bus didn't come, or the 2.15pm one. People were understandably getting very irritated until the bus finally arrived at 2.25pm. This is the first bad experience we've ever had of an airport bus and it is very frustrating. A slight delay is acceptable because of traffic but there is just no excuse for delays of around an hour and this could cause people to miss flights. Hopefully this was just a one-off, but we would recommend that you give yourself plenty time if using the bus, in case of delays. This website give more information on the bus service and other transport options from Seville Airport





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Hotels / Accommodation in Seville

Casas de Seville, Seville SpainCasas de Sevilla, Apartamentos Nazareno 5

We spent two nights at Casas de Seville Apartments in December 2013. The one-bedroom apartment was in Nazareno 5, on the first floor, and was really nice, super clean and modern and in a great location very close to the bullring and the cathedral, and with lots of bars and restaurants in the adjacent streets. It was quite small, but comfortable enough for a short stay. There is a small bedroom with double bed, a small 'fold-away' kitchen with microwave, full size fridge and small hob (we didn't use it, apart from the fridge), a small room with a sofa bed, 2 chairs and a TV, lots of wardrobe space throughout the apartment with ample hangers, and a small shower-room. There was also an a/c system and in December the hot air worked well to heat the apartment, except the bathroom where even the small electric radiator didn't heat the room up. The shower was very disappointing, as when you set it for hot water (which you certainly needed at this time of the year!) there was just a trickle of water, and you only got more power if you turned the water to cold. It wouldn't be a problem in the summer when you'd be using it on a much cooler setting. We got a fantastic deal which included free parking and Juan, the owner, met us on a street corner near the apartment and accompanied us to the car park and then took us to the apartment. Click here for more information.

Apartamentos Murillos

Apartamentos Murillos, Seville


We stayed at the Apartamentos Murillos the first time we were in Seville in 2007. They are in a perfect location, on a narrow street in the Barrio Santa Cruz, walkable to everywhere and only 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral and Alcazar. We had a very nice modern, clean apartment with a nice comfortable lounge area, kitchen facilities including full size fridge and microwave, small bedroom (note: some of their double rooms are actually just two twin beds stuck together, but with individual sheets on each bed - if you want a double bed make sure you're given one when you check in) and bathroom. Our room was a one bedroom apartment, but they also have two bedroom apartments which would be idea for families. The apartment block is just round the corner from the Hotel Murillo where we had to go for breakfast. It was a cold breakfast buffet, with fruit, yoghurt, cereal, rolls, toast, croissants, cheese, ham, etc and we thought it was good value at just €5.10 per person*. Visit Apartamentos Murillos website . Click here to make a reservation at Aparatamentos Murillos, view photos and read reviews by other travellers.


 







 

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Hosteria del Laurel Seville

Seville street with Hosteria del Laurel
Apartamentos Murillos Seville
Pretty Seville street with Hosteria del Laurel
Apartamentos Murillos bedroom
Apartamentos Murillos lounge area
Casas de Sevilla
Casas de Seville kitchen
Horse and carriage in Plaza Virgen de los Reyes
Casas de Sevilla bedroom
Casas de Sevilla kitchen
Plaza Virgen de los Reyes
Plaza Virgen de los Reyes
Plaza de Espana
Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria
Plaza Virgen de los
Reyes
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Seville Cathedral & Giralda Bell Tower
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Cathedral & Bell Tower
Giralda Bell Tower night view
Avenida de la Constitucion
Seville Bullring
Giralda Bell Tower at night
Avenida de la Constitucion
Seville Bullring
Gaudalquivir River looking over to Triana
Semanta Santa Procession
Semanta Santa Procession
Gaudalquivir River looking over to Triana
Semanta Santa Procession
Semanta Santa Procession
Christmas lights
Christmas in Seville
Metropol Parasol
Christmas lights
Christmas in Seville
Metropol Parasol

 

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Things to see and do in Seville

A must see is the incredible Seville Cathedral, the largest of all Roman Catholic cathedrals and lavishly decorated with sparkling gold and multi-coloured stained glass windows. It also contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Climb up the 35 floors of the Giralda bell tower for great views over the city. There aren't steps, apart from a few as you enter the bell tower, just a winding ramp with several places to stop for a breather and enjoy the views along the way. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 11am- 5pm, Sundays 2.30pm - 6pm. Entry is тВм8* - well worth it.

Seville Cathedral
Seville Church
Stained Glass Window at Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
Stained Glass Window at Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral
Seville Church
Another impressive building
Royal Alcazar
Gardens at Royal Alcazar
Seville Cathedral from a picturesque side street
Royal Acazar
Gardens at Royal Alcazar
Another impressive building
Seville orange trees
Seville Cathedral from side street
Seville side street near Cathedral
Pretty Seville street
Seville Church
Seville orange trees
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Colourful side street leading to Cathedral
Seville narrow street

Entrance to Royal Alcazar
Just opposite the Cathedral is the Royal Alcazar, the Palace which is the residence of Juán Carlos 1, King of Spain, when he visits Seville. There is some interesting Moorish, Gothic and Islamic architecture, fancy ceilings and beautiful gardens and courtyards. Entry is тВм7*. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, Sundays and holidays: from 9.30am to 1.30pm, closed Mondays.

Plaza de Espana, Seville The first time we visited Seville we managed to miss Plaza de Espa├▒a, so made sure we visited the second time around! It's a beautiful place and well worth the short walk south from the historic centre to the Maria Luisa Park where it is located. Built in 1929 as the central office for the Ibero-American Exposition
, ornate bridges cross a canal which has rowing boats to hire. Horses and carriages parade around the fountain and you can stroll round the beautiful square taking photos and enjoying the beauty. If you're a Star Wars fan you'll recognise it from The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. It was also used for scenes of Laurence of Arabia and The Dictator.

If you are going to be in Seville in April you may be lucky enough to experience Semanta Santa (Holy Week), with its many religious processions and Feria de Abril festival two weeks later, when the city becomes one big party of food, drink and flamenco. Note that rooms can be hard to find at this time and prices increased. Click here for more information about Semana Santa.

There is a bullring in Seville, where you can go and see a bullfight if there's one on when you're there, or take a tour and visit the bullfighting museum. It's an impressive building, even from the outside.

The Metropol Parasol 3D lighting display, Plaza Nueva, Seville (see photo in gallery above, bottom right) is an interesting but somewhat strange piece of modern architecture which looks a bit out of place amidst the old buildings around it. Also known as 'Las Setas' as it looks a bit like giant mushrooms, you go down to the basement (don't try to climb the stairs as we did as there's no way in at the top!) where you get a lift up to the upper structure for тВм3 which includes a drink. The views are good but not amazing as it's not really that high up, although we have read that it's best to go up at night.


If, like us, you're in Seville at Christmas time don't miss the 3D light display on the ayuntamiento building (city hall) in Plaza Nueva (see right). Expect huge crowds so don't leave it till the last minute or you won't get a good view. The Christmas lights throughout the city are very nice also, and the huge amount of ponsiettas around make it look even more beautiful than usual.



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*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2007/2013