If you are going tot visit Sevilla during the summer, like I did (middle of June, to be more specific), you will discover another meaning of the word “heat”. Moreover, you will discover that ice-cream is actually an essential item of the surviving kit. But Sevilla deserves all this effort! From my point of view, this city is the Andalusian treasure; where not only the weather is warm, but also the people.
When I arrived in Sevilla I did not have a reservation for any accommodation, but it was not difficult at all to find a nice hostel (Tortamundos Hostel) where to leave my backpack before starting to enjoy the city (and the ice-cream shops, obviously). One of my roommates was a kind man that was a living statue performer during the day.
There are 2 main religious spots: Catedral de Sevilla (is the third-largest church in the world and is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus) and Iglesia Colonial del Divino Salvador de Sevilla. I did not take any class regarding architecture, but my eyes rarely fool me… this Cathedral indisputably falls into the category of masterpieces. If you are gonna visit it, you will have the chance to go up (and up and up, till 342ft… just stairs over more stairs) into the tower La Giralda and to enjoy a detailed panorama of the city.
Once you are around downtown you can lose yourself along the streets. The views with the beautiful houses illustrate a joyful game of colors and style that will leave you without space on the memory card. You can not miss Las Setas de Sevilla and Torre del Oro. Both of them are emblematic locations of the city and they can offer you both museum exhibitions and panoramic views (I will be forever in love with those). Torre del Oro is located on the river side and I suggest you to go for a walk there during the night as well.
You are now prepared to find out about the most breath-taking Plaza de España of all!! The mural art is absolutely stunning and it represents various parts of Spain. There you can take enough profile pictures for lets say… half an year?!
Another amazing place that you will not find in all the touristic guides is Hotel Alfonso XII. And if you want to take a break, Jardines del Cristina are just across the street. What I really liked about this city is the fact that almost all the main points are very close to each other so you do not really need public transport (well, if you still did not pass out because of the heat).
Perhaps after admiring every little corner of Sevilla and after the sun goes down, you will finally be able to breath normally and to… eat. Here we go again, the never-ending battle of my life: Fast-Food or traditional food? The answer is (as usual): both. The truth is that when I was living in Spain I was kind of /very addicted to TGB (aaand Tako-Away, but that is another story). Back in Sevilla I decided to have dinner very late in the night so despite the fact that normally there were plenty of appealing restaurants where you could enjoy the Andalusian gastronomy, I had to eat in a more expensive restaurant. It was a delicious dinner. Unfortunately, I can not remember what was the name of the dish (sorry), but I will add a photo and maybe you will figure it out. Oh, and do not forget to try Vino de Naranja (a little bit sweet, an explosion of flavors).
During this trip I did not have time to visit Real Alcázar de Sevilla – The Royal Palace because I could not catch with my eyes the end of the waiting line. But many persons recommended it to me so I recommend it to you, too.
In the end, I want to mention that during my stay in Sevilla I discovered that the Spanish cuisine has very good sweet recipes (do not miss Cofiteria La Victoria). And by the way, I insist with the ice-cream!