Let's go to the city fragrant with oranges and incense. Let us visit places reigned by Gothic style for centuries. Let's move to Seville, the capital of Andalusian flamenco, combining styles and cultures.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia, most populous autonomous community of Spain. It’s the fourth largest city in the country, and is located in the southern part. Seville is often referred to as the jewel in the Spanish crown. On every step you can see the diversity of cultures and styles - Seville remembers both a half thousand years of Muslims reigns and splendor under the rule of Europe.
Gothic beauty of Seville
According to the legends, the city was founded by the son of Zeus and Alcmene. In the past it was one of the cultural and economic centers of Europe. Nowadays, we can still admire monuments of the past, including uniquely beautiful buildings. The first place goes to Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, one of the most impressive religious buildings in the Gothic style ever built.
The cathedral was founded as a challenge and actually nobody knows why. Maybe they wanted to challenge the sky? Human capabilities? Apparently, the architects wanted to create a temple enormously magnificent. The construction stun with all the power, splendor of Gothic, spacious interiors, soaring towers and - despite its size – slenderness of the structure. The chancel has 117 stalls of fir and oak, and the whole is covered with intricately carved canopy. The royal chapel catches the sight with richly adorned silhouette of the Immaculate Virgin. Inside the main altar, which is the largest of this kind in Spain, you can find 45 wooden figures, while in the Capilla de San Andrés you can admire the seventeenth-century crucifix, which is one of the most valuable works of art in the temple. There’s probably no person, who wouldn’t be impressed by the splendor and beauty of the interior.
Palace complex, Alcazar, with a fairy Patio de las Doncellas, where you will feel really tiny, makes an equally huge impression. Palace gardens delight with vibrant, juicy and lush greenery during the day, and after dark with mysterious atmosphere. It’s worth taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in an organized night tour – it will take us to a truly magical world.
Attractions of the city of flamenco
Seville is known as the capital of the Andalusian flamenco folklore. As for the city associated with spontaneous, passionate dance, becomes extremely quiet in the afternoon. However, it’s fully understandable, when we consider the fact that the streets are burning from a 40 degrees heat. Even a workaholic will understand the need for a siesta. Despite the heat, the city is full of greenery. In the parks you can hear merrily murmuring fountains, and the eyes of tourists are allured with an amazing view of the sea of flowers. The plants are carefully nurtured, which is evidenced by the number of waterworks.
Seville smells intensely with orange, especially during April and May, when the trees are covered with lush flowers. During this time takes place Semana Santa (Holy Week), celebrated here very reverently. The aroma of orange mixed with the smell of incense, creates a composition likely to cause headaches and even migraines to more sensitive people.
In the evening you can go for a long walk down the street Calle Betis (district of Triana). It stretches along the banks of the river, and after nightfall it fills up with people and bustle. It’s dotted with dozens of restaurants and pubs.
Accommodation in Seville
People wishing to stay for the night as close to the city as possible will be satisfied - they can park their motorhome on secured parking, Area de Autocaravanas. The city center can be reached within a 15-minute walk. Nightly accommodation for 2 people, who came with motorhome, will pay 12 euros. Access to electricity costs 3 euros, while Wi-Fi is free.
Seville is the heart of Andalusia that beats to the rhythm of flamenco. Hot, sunny, lively and lazy at the same time. You have to spend at least few days to get to know it a little bit.