Madrid and Barcelona may be the two topmost visited cities in Spain, but there are other places that are charming and just as wonderful to spend a few days in. One of our favorites is Seville, located in the southeastern part of Spain, famous for flamenco dance, amazing architecture, phenomenal culture and art.
The city was first occupied by the Tartessians in the 8th century before the Romans took over around 200 BC, Muslims in the 12th century, and then boomed in the 16th century when it became a very important trade city with Spain. It wasn’t until the plague hit in the 17th century that the city suffered deeply (as did the rest of Europe). Fast forward to today and pieces from various time periods throughout history remain, which are seen and explored by tourists and locals on a daily basis. If Seville is on your list of go-to cities, here are a few spots to add to your list.
Legend has it that Hercules founded Seville, and the two columns are the reminder to that legend. But these ancient columns located in the city’s center are not the only attraction in La Alameda. The area blooms every day with tons of cafes to enjoy breakfast or bars to get a midday or evening drink. The neighborhood is jiving in the evening, and there’s plenty of live music to be found. There’seven a quirky book store called Un Gato en Bicicleta that offers much more than just books—there are concerts held here as well as readings and other artistic events. They even sell coffee-based drinks and small bites.
Monasterio de Santa Paula
Seville is known to have many churches, and although you probably will end up checking out Seville Cathedral the world’s largest cathedral, we also recommend you see the only convent in the city. Located next to Iglesia De Los Gitanos is the Monasterio de Santa Paula, established in the 16th century. The convent is still a functioning convent and accessible only at certain times (please call ahead before visiting to arrange a tour as it’s not open freely to the general public). The convent features various artifacts dating back centuries, a few gardens, and even jam made by the nuns that you can purchase and take with you—a great way to give back to the community.
Maria Luisa Park
If you have time and love to wander through nature, we recommend you check out Maria Luisa Park, a gorgeous botanical garden full of different types of birds, fountains, flowers and ponds. The park, which has been used as a public park since 1893, spans about half a mile and is also home to the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Seville. The museum offers visitors a glimpse of how people lived in the 19th century, showcasing pottery, furniture, wine-making, weapons, guitar-making and more.
The Second Room
While there are more than plenty of bars to check out around Seville, one that stands out is called The Second Room. This trendy little bar serves some of the best cocktails, and their sangria is absolutely wonderful. The staff is known to be friendly and welcoming, plus the place plays great music and there’s even a small terrace to enjoy your drinks outdoors during the spring and summer months. The Second Room is open from 3pm to 3am Friday and Saturday, and all other days are open from 3pm to 2am. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!
Seville is a thriving city with so much to see and do. It has a long history and beautiful remains from many different time periods. If Seville is on your list of go-to destinations in Spain, we hope this guide will help you discover a few gems the city has to offer.
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