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Andalusia

Sevilla

Sevilla
Sevilla
We head to Sevilla (Seville) - the biggest city in Andalusia. We drive on the highway. We already reserved a 5* Barceló hotel, in the business suburb of the town. We manage to find the neighborhood, but not the hotel. We finally find the big and new hotel building. The reception area is so vast that there is a fountain and a palm tree here too! We rest in the room for a while and then drive to the center. Sevilla is, like Córdoba, located on the river Guadalquivir, with numerous bridges crossing it. The avenues of Sevilla are wide and aligned with trees. There are flowers and numerous palm trees all around. After a while we find a parking lot in a small street in the very centre. As we are a few steps from the Plaza de Toros, where corida is held, we go to see if we can buy tickets for a corida. But as the prices are high, we give up.
Sevilla - cathedral
Sevilla - cathedral
We enter a bar for a drink and a few tapas. Tapas are small portions of different food, from salads to meat, served as snacks in bars all over Spain. Tapas are held in glass compartments and one only has to point a finger to his/her favorite tapa. We have a cup of coffee on the square opposite the Sevillan gothic cathedral. Then we visit the castle Alcazar, with an internal garden full of luxuriant trees. After having strolled all over the center we return to the hotel where we rest for a while. After a few hours we're back in the center, where we park on a riverside avenue. We walk by the tower Tore del Oro and then along the river. We visit the cathedral, in front of which there are always a few horse carriages waiting for tourists with extra cash. We wait in line to climb to the tower of the cathedral (Giralda). The climb to Giralda is not an easy one: the winding stairs are very narrow and claustrophobic. But the view from the top is spectacular!
Sevilla - Plaza de España
Sevilla - Plaza de España
As we're getting tired we decide to have a rest in a nearby park. After the rest we head to the square Plaza de Espana, hosting a nice palace. Horses everywhere around us... On the way back to the center we pay a visit to the most luxuriant hotel in Seville, Henri VIII. Sevilla is a very lively place in the evening - all the restaurants are full and there is music everywhere. We go from one bar to another and have a beer and a tapa in each one. One hour after midnight the crowds disappeared so we headed back to the hotel. Our 5* hotel is a big disappointment when it comes to sound insulation (again!): from one adjacent room we hear the TV, from another loud snoring. Someone will have to teach the Spanish how to construct better walls!
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