We enjoyed Sevilla so much last year that we knew when Erik arrived for the Christmas holidays that a return trip had to be part of our plans. So we boarded an early bus in Portimão and settled in for the 5 hour ride. This route had stops in many of the Algarve towns and even in Huelva, Spain so it was a long morning. Other than the bus you can make the drive fairly easily by car and use overnight parking in Sevilla which is the other practical way to get there.
We chose to stay at a central hostel near the Cathedral and from that location we could easily walk to the major points of interest that we wanted to see. We arrived just 5 days before Christmas so there was a very festive feeling in the air throughout the city.
The streets of the old city were decked out with trees, lights, and carousels and Christmas markets were scattered throughout. Scores of people cheerfully strolled along the broad boulevards and narrow alleyways. As before, we were enthralled with the social activity of just walking with friends and family while occasionally stopping for a a drink, gelato or a bite to eat. We tried to emulate this custom and quickly fell into a similar pattern.
There were a few experiences from last year that we had to share with Erik such as the Cathedral, the Alcázar and Plaza de España, These are all high on the must see list of attractions in Sevilla, but we also wanted to try some new ones. A carriage ride through the gardens, a visit to Plaza de Toros and an afternoon visit to the wonderfully relaxing Aire Ancient Baths de Sevilla were new to us. No trip to Sevilla would be complete without flamenco so we chose to return to La Casa de Flamenco which we enjoyed so much last year.
Our three nights passed all too quickly and we headed back to Portugal on Christmas Eve. We had thought about staying for Christmas but decided on a quiet day in Portimão instead. As much as we love Sevilla we weren’t sure how much would be open and hanging out in the hostel wasn’t what we wanted to do.
As you can see there is a lot that we love about Sevilla and it is a certainty that we will return – perhaps next December? Or perhaps more likely for a soccer match this winter.