Seville, Spain: Romance in Southern Spain (Day 2)
Summary. Seville, Spain, or "Sevilla," as it is known in Spanish, is a romantic City filled with Flamenco dancers, tapas bars, and Moorish architecture. As Seville is located in Southern Spain, the weather can be quite hot during the summer, though there are plenty of evening activities and refreshing Sangria available to make up for the heat. Our favorite sight to see was the Real Alcazar, a lovely mix of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture that, in and of itself, tells the history of this beautiful City. Another "must do," is attending a Flamenco show. TV or movies really do not do it justice as much of what you see are facial expressions and subtle movements. There are less expensive options available if you skip shows that also serve dinner. Afterwards, stroll the romantic streets of Bario Santa Cruz in the cool evening air.
Day 2 in Seville started with a Free Walking Tour. Feel the City Walking Tours offers a 2.5 hour free walking tour through Recruitment Square, Triumph Square, Cathedral-Giralda, City Hall, Triana Bridge, Bullring, Tower of Gold, Puerta Jerez, Tobacco factory, and Spain Square. The tour was well-organized and our guide was a wealth of knowledge. Don't forget to generously tip your guide as they make their money on tips.
After our walking tour we headed over to Plaza de Espana. Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this Spanish tile Plaza 48 alcoves with benches that feature each of the provinces of Spain. Within the halls of this tourist attraction you will find flamenco dancers and guitarists serenading visitors.
Across the street is the Parque de Maria Louisa. Donated to the city of Seville in 1893 by Princess María Luisa, this city park makes a great picnic lunch spot with plenty of shade to take a rest from the southern Spain sun.
Next we spent more time in the Bario Santa Cruz: The Jewish Quarter and Bario Santa Cruz are next to each other and make up a large section of the historic part of the City. Enjoy window shopping, strolling through narrow streets, and listening to street musicians. In the late afternoon we rested at our AirBnB before heading out again for the evening for a Flamenco show.
La Casa del Flamenco offers a moderately priced, quality show that is shorter in length and less expensive because it does not include dinner. We especially like this one because it gave our family a taste of talented dancers and musicians without the large expense. There's no better way to learn and appreciate the culture in Seville than to watch a Flamenco show. Watching this romantic dance is also an enchanting way to spend the evening with your spouse or significant other.
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