Sevilla

Spain quickly became one of my favorite countries after my trip to Sevilla and Barcelona. My time in Seville (or “Sevilla” to the Spaniards) was an incredibly pleasant surprise for me. I didn’t know much about the city before I went, but it is a beautiful city that I cant wait to return to. We went in March, and the weather was lovely, as were the people. I wish I could remember the names of the restaurants I visited, but after searching and searching online I’ve come up empty-handed. When visiting Seville, make sure to eat plenty of paella – no American version I’ve had since compares. On the advice of our hostel, we tried some very small, local restaurants for tapas and sangria, and we were not disappointed. One night, we met a group of former bull fighters (now in their 70s) who proudly showed us photos from their glory days, and even though we couldn’t understand a word they said, we talked about how interesting their story was for days after.

There is so much to do in Sevilla. The Alcazar and the adjoining gardens are stunning, and their Moorish style is a refreshing change from the traditional chateaus and medieval fortresses I had been seeing on my tour of Europe.

The Plaza de Espana is another stunning building, built for the Ibero-American Exposition. There are also numerous pavilions from different countries that Spain was once involved in located throughout the adjoining park. I loved these building representing their countries like a real-life Epcot.

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Plaza de Espana

There are a number of other noteworthy landmarks, like the main Seville Cathedral, Metropol Parasol (go to the top for great views of the city) and Plaza Nueva.

If you’d like a glimpse of the flamenco that Sevilla is so famous for, I’d recommend going to the Carboneria. This is a bare bones bar that has authentic flamenco with live music at night, and it’s free, so definitely check it out if you have the chance.

Finally, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay on a budget, I’d recommend staying at La Banda hostel. It was comfortable and clean, and the rooftop bar way really nice and served delicious, cheap cocktails!

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Enjoying the gardens of the Alcazar!
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