After getting our bearings in Seville, it was time to tick off more of the city’s beautiful must-sees.
The nice thing about Seville is, unlike lots of other cultural hot spots in Europe, lots of the sights can be seen and enjoyed purely from the outside. An abundance of gardens, parks and breezy, sun dappled palaces means you’re constantly enjoying the great weather and not looking out at it forlornly from the inside of a air-conditioned museum. Plaza de Espana, the Cathedral and Casa de Pilatos were all flagged to us by Original Travel who helped organise our trip for us, and the owners of Corral del Rey as some of the top sights to note down on our map and the rest of our time in the Seville was spent connecting the dots.
After breakfast at Corral del Rey, we wandered through Santa Cruz and over to the Maria Luisa Park and the Plaza de Espana. We took our time getting there, stopping along the way to photograph the horse and carriages, terracotta roof tops and the looming spectacle of the Giralda.
Once we made it to the Plaza de Espana, we were yet again blown way by how cool this city is…
Walk round the Maria Luisa park and up towards the fountain before being enveloped by the big, wide, tiled arch that is Plaza de Espana. The inside of the building is kind of irrelevant, housing government buildings and town halls, but the outside is totally awe-inspiring. It’s busy, touristy but it really doesn’t matter at all. Every time you move, it looks more beautiful and demands even more photos. We wandered round, peered down on rowing boats on the ‘river’ and ate ice lollies under orange trees on tiled benches.
Eventually, we tore ourselves away and headed to the cathedral…
Mesmerising inside and out and if you climb to the top of the tower, the source of some insane views over the city’s roof top pools and the cathedral’s very own orange grove. This one is definitely worth going inside, looking up and taking it all in.
After the cathedral’s steep climb to the top, we were ready for a shady refuel and tapas hour was just beginning to kick off. We headed to Ovejas Negras, ordered patatas bravas and tuna tartar and kicked back for an hour.
We wandered back to Corral del Rey for a late afternoon refresh and photo download, capturing the city on our way.
Last but not least, on our final morning we headed away from the cathedral to the Casa de Pilatos. Much smaller on scale but just as beautiful as the Alcazar in my opinion, Pilatos ended up being my favourite bit of Seville. Less tourists, stunning gardens and an overwhelming sense of peace throughout, I’m so pleased we finished our Seville experience within the walls of this little gem. Whatever you do, don’t miss this amazing place that’s slightly off the mass radar of the tourist guide books.
More from Seville next time…
White fringe top | Sea NY
Stripe skirt | Topshop (cut off by me)
Espadrilles | Jimmy Choo
Black bag | Celine via Vestiaire Collective
Grey sunglasses | Jimmy Choo
Blue Shirt | Old Topshop (similar here)
Tortoiseshell sunglasses | Fendi
Denim shorts | Monki
Black espadrilles | Paul Andrew
Stripe bag | Jimmy Choo
Necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma
We stayed at Corral del Rey and booked with Original Travel
Ph. by myself and James Wright