Seville in Photos

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After falling in love with Barcelona and its awesome architecture, I was reluctant to board the morning AVE train bound for Seville. I'd only had a few days in Barcelona, after all — not nearly enough time! But Seville, a city I've wanted to visit longer than anywhere else in Spain, was calling.

And so I went.

Street in Seville, Spain

Seville, located in Spain's southern Andalusia region, has always been intriguing to me. With its flamenco soul and Moorish history, I knew I would get a glimpse into a completely different side of Spain here. I did a couple of tours, spent a day at the spring Feria (more on this later), and generally just let myself get wonderfully lost in the narrow streets of Seville's Old Town.

Thankfully, Seville completely lived up to my expectations; I quickly found myself falling in love with yet another Spanish city.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my four days in Seville:

The covered walkways at Plaza de Espana, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. This was my first must-visit spot in Seville (I've been dreaming of it for years), and it was even bigger than I expected — but just as awesome as I hoped:

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

The Metropol Parasol — or, simply, Mushrooms — grows over a multi-story shopping center near La Encarnación square in the Old Town:

Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain

Horses and carriages waiting outside Seville's Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede). And no, your eyes aren't deceiving you — this place is HUGE. It's the largest Gothic cathedral in the world:

Seville Cathedral

The gardens at the Alcazar, the royal palace in Seville. Recently, these were used in Season 5 of Game of Thrones, standing in for the Water Gardens of Dorne:

Gardens at the Royal Alcázar of Seville

The Palace of San Telmo today acts as the seat of Andalusian government. When it was originally built in the 1600s, though, it was a marine academy. It's also served as a royal palace and a seminary over the years:

Palace of San Telmo in Seville

Loved this rounded building in the Old Town near the Cathedral:

Architecture in Seville, Spain

Tiles inside the Royal Alcazar — the palace was built by the same people who built the Alhambra in Granada, so you'll find similar Moorish designs and patterns here (even though the king who ordered the Alcazar built was a Christian):

Tiles in the Royal Alcázar of Seville

A colorful street scene in Seville's Old Town:

Street in Seville, Spain

Another look at Plaza de Espana — this one gives you a better idea of how huge it is:

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Behind Seville's Cathedral sits the Giralda, the giant bell tower. It was originally built as a minaret and stands more than 104 meters (341 feet) high. This photo only captures the bottom half of it:

At the back of Seville Cathedral

The incredible detail inside the Alcazar:

Inside the Royal Alcazar of Seville

Another angle of the Metropol Parasol:

Metropol Parasol in Seville

Another colorful street scene:

Street in Seville, Spain

Archways and a courtyard inside the Royal Alcazar:

Royal Alcázar of Seville

The Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”) on the Guadalquivir river.

Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain

One more shot from Plaza de Espana, this time focusing on the tiled Province Alcoves — one for every province in Spain.

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

A sneak peek into Seville's annual Feria (April Fair). But, like I said, more on this later!:

Seville Feria

I was in Seville during 3 of the coldest, cloudiest days the city had seen this spring, and yet it still managed to capture my heart. I already can't wait to go back!

Where to stay in Seville

Anywhere within Seville's Old Town would be ideal for seeing all the best sites AND seeing the Semana Santa celebrations. My picks would be:

Which photo is your favorite? Do any of them make you want to go to Seville right now?


Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

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  1. I’ll be there in a few weeks! Now I’m even more excited :D. Also thanks for the mini guide to the city!

      It’s such a gorgeous city! I hope you love it!

    All your photos want me to pack my bags right now and head for Sevilla! Love the old world charm – gorgeous!!

      It’s definitely a city worth visiting – I LOVED all the architecture, and the general feel of the city.

    Sevilla’s old town is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and quaint in Europe. I can still remember walking through the old Jewish quarter at night, coming across tiny squares with the sound of trickling fountains and the smell of orange blossoms in the air.

      It’s certainly up there as one of the prettiest cities I’ve visited recently. I know for sure this won’t be my only time there!

    You’ve got some really nice photos there! My favourite has to be the shot from Plaza de Espana with the tiles. Very Spain! I also like the last photo of the local people dressed in festival attire. In the rain. Yikes!

    Your pictures make me want to go back to Sevilla ASAP. I went on a tour of Spain last year and Sevilla was my favorite of all the cities we visited!

      I really liked Barcelona, too, but Seville is definitely special. I’m already dying to go back to Spain!

    Beautiful photos Amanda! I especially love the ones from Plaza de Espana. My boyfriend is from Andalusia (Cadiz) and always tells me about the ferias. Can’t wait to make it to Spain one day. This post just boosted my excitement even more. Thanks!

      Plaza de Espana was even better than I expected – SO pretty!

      And you definitely need to get to Spain! Especially since it sounds like you’d have the perfect local tour guide! 😉

    Your photos are great and really capture the amazing architecture of this beautiful city. By chance did you catch up with blogger Cat Gaa while you were there?

      Thanks, Penny! And no, sadly I didn’t get to catch up with Cat. We were messaging while I was there, but she had some friends in town and the timing just never worked out!

    It is such a pretty city. I visited for 3 days in summer 2006 and it was so HOT that we didn’t walk around as much as I would like so I will have to go back one day. One of my old work mates lives there so it would be great to visit him

      It was getting warm even in April! I definitely would not want to be in Spain in the dead of summer… I wouldn’t want to be outside at all!

    some great photos! I loved Seville, these really bring me back

    Dang it! This great post (full of your beautiful photography) confirms my biggest regret of our RTW trip. We should’ve gone to Seville instead of Madrid. What were we thinking? We loved Barcelona, loved Granada but Madrid – not so much.

    There’s always next time, I guess! Thanks for this great post. 🙂

      See, I’ve heard other people say they LOVE Madrid! I didn’t make it there on this trip, but definitely next time!

    I had NO IDEA Seville is THIS beautiful! I love all your photos and they certainly give me the itch to go back to Spain (again!) to visit.

      Yup, it really is this beautiful!! I loved wandering around with my camera.

    Gorgeous photos and so happy it lived up to your expectations. Seville is by far my favorite European city. Maybe it was partly because of the circumstances I was there (needed a break from.. life?) but this city will forever hold a special place in my heart. The people, the architecture, the food, everything. I hope to return soon!

      It’s definitely a very special place – I totally understand why people so highly recommend it now!

    Your photos show Seville at it’s best, Amanda. I think I love Seville even more than I love Barcelona. Just don’t tell Gaudi!

      Haha, I promise your secret is safe with me! I can’t decide which I like better, to be honest – they’re both so different, yet both so awesome!

    Your photos are always my FAVORITE! I went to Seville with my high school Spanish club about 8 years ago and I am dying to return. Next year! Thanks for sharing, Amanda.

    Happy travels 🙂

      Aww thanks Lauren! I’m quite the shutterbug when I travel. 😉

      I hope you get to go back to Seville soon!

    Whoa, I think I just fell in love with their architecture! I love how their buildings seem to stand out.

      Yeah! The architecture in Southern Spain is so different from what you’ll find in the north. I absolutely loved it!

        Did you get to see the inside of the Cathedral in Seville? Apparently, Christopher Columbus is entombed there. Seville is very quaint and beautiful! I love Seville!

      Wow! All the pics entice me! Thanks for posting.

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