Seville

Seville

Route: Seville

Area: Spain, Andalusia

Date of walk: 16th March 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 12.4 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies, very warm

Seville is Spain’s fourth largest city, and home to many magnificent old buildings, including the Cathedral and Alcázar Palace both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Seville would be our first base on a short walking holiday organised by Inntravel ‘A Trail of Three Cities’ – the other two being Córdoba and Grenada

We travelled to Seville by train from Malaga and, on arrival in the city, checked into the Hotel Casas de la Juderia, an amazing fusion of 16 houses and two palaces, located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter

We set off on our exploration of the city early in the morning, wandering the ancient streets and delightful squares where the scent of orange blossom was in the air, and heading generally in the direction of the Cathedral. This is the largest church in the world, covering an area of 11,520 square metres. We then visited the adjacent Alcázar, a royal palace dating back to the 11th century, with beautiful formal gardens. The cathedral and the palace were both spectacular. (On a practical note, we’d bought tickets online in advance of our visit and were glad to have done so, as the queues to buy tickets on the day were enormous)

We next made our way to Plaza de España, a huge semi-circle of buildings constructed in 1928 around a moat, accessible by various bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain 

The places described are just the highlights of a long day, during the course of which we covered 12 miles on foot. On the following morning, we had time for a short walk along the banks of the River Guadalquivir, visiting the Triana area, which is home to the ceramics industry in Seville. We then had to make haste to the railway station to catch the train to our next destination – Córdoba (see my next walk)

For anyone visiting Seville for the first time, there’s enough of interest here to occupy at least two full days. There were several sights which we didn’t have time to see – those that we did will live in our memories forever

I’ve not included our route on the Maps Page, as this contained numerous diversions and meanderings, but the map does pinpoint the locations of the main points of interest (with photos), so these can easily be linked into a walk

Click here or on the Map Page icon for the route map

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