On my recent trip to Portugal, I decided to make a visit across the border into Spain for a day in Seville! While this involved a 5am start and a 7 hour trip, there was no way I could resist a chance to see some of Spain and ticking another country off my list! Even though we only ended up having 5 hours in Seville, we still managed to see plenty of the city, leaving me eager to return one day and finish exploring. So if you’re interested in how you can cram as much as possible into 5 hours (and some of the best places in the city!), read on!
Plaza de Espana:
Now this is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. The architecture is magnificent, the atmosphere is fantastic, and even though it’s crammed with tourists, there’s beauty everywhere you look! We only had a 15 minute stop off here on our day (which was a shame, as I would have loved to explore it some more), but since we only had 5 hours, we had to move on quickly! Regardless, it was potentially my favourite place in Seville, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy it whether you have 15 minutes or hours! For those who do have time to stay a bit longer, there were boats being rowed on the little river that runs round the plaza, as well as horse and carriage rides, so these are all possibilities for if you’re visiting!
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Seville Cathedral, knowing it’s the third largest Church in the world, and as well as being the largest Gothic Cathedral. It really is a fantastic sight, although I don’t think it quite captured my heart the way Notre-Dame did – but that may be because we didn’t have time to go inside. I would most definitely recommend wandering round the outside of the Cathedral, as all the different viewpoints of it are stunning in their own right! The other plus about Seville Cathedral is its close proximity to Alcazar Palace and the Old Jewish Quarter – which were the other two main places on our list to tick off! So if you’re running quite tight on time, I would recommend heading to this area of the city, as you can see quite a lot in a small amount of space.
Santa Cruz – the former Jewish Quarter:
Now this neighbourhood might compete with Plaza de Espana for my favourite place in Seville. I don’t think I’ve ever visited an Old Town that has so much charm and beauty, and the fact that when you exit it, you’re greeted with the sight of the Cathedral is even better! This was a great place to just get lost in for an hour or two (which is incredibly easy, given how windy it is), and if you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, this is the perfect place as there are so many lovely little shops filled with personality!
Alcazar Palace was perhaps the place that surprised me the most in Seville, as it was nothing at all like I expected! It’s mostly made up of vast gardens, with impressive architecture dotted around, and even though we didn’t have time to explore it all, we saw enough to know just how impressive they are! As we chose between queueing up here, rather than going in the Cathedral, I definitely don’t regret my decision, as I absolutely loved it!
The Royal Tobacco Factory:
Now, we ended up inside here by pure accident as we’d gotten lost coming out of the Old Jewish Quarter! But it was definitely a good diversion, as this building reaffirmed the fact that the architecture of Seville is stunning. Although it used to be the Royal Tobacco Factory, it’s not one of the main University buildings of the city and is a lovely place to wander through should you get the chance!
So, as you can see, there’s plenty you can cram into a 5 hour visit to Seville – even if it leaves you completely exhausted by the end of it! Have any of you visited Seville – if I missed anything out, comment below! 🙂