Sevilla in Pictures: Even Better the Second Time Around

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.

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Bus station in Huelva – Erik’s first exposure to Spain

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The Seville Cathedral never fails to impress

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.

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Whatever the season there are always people about in the squares

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The nave at Christmas

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Is Christopher Columbus really here?

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Catching the last of the sun in the late afternoon

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.

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The lights start to come in as the sun dips behind the Cathedral

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Everyone is on the streets for an evening stroll

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These decorations flashed in time with Christmas music.

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The carriages operate late into the evening

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.

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Of course we had to return to the Alcázar

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Sunlight on the Fountain of Mercury in the Alcázar

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Relaxing before the baths at Aire de Seville

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Rental boats at Plaza de España

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Erik admiring the setting for Naboo (Star Wars location)

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Trying to capture the colours of the Plaza de España

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Loving a carriage ride through the gardens of the Parque de Maria Luisa

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We tried as many varieties of tapas as possible

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Our second time to La Casa del Flamenco didn’t disappoint

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Museum of Arts and Popular Customs

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Vendors sell bags of feed for the pigeons – not sure if this is a good idea though

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One of the impressive Roman displays at the Archaeological Museum

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We aren’t bullfighting fans but the museum at Plaza de Toros is worth a look

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The ring is impressive and brings to mind many evocative images

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.

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Coffee and tostas for breakfast around the corner from our hostel

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.

About Tim & Anne Hall

We sold almost all of our belongings and left our home in Nova Scotia in April 2016 to experience as much of the world as we could. We spent over a year slow traveling in Latin America and Europe, and are now living happily in the Portuguese Algarve, Portimao to be specific. We are gradually chnging the focus of our site to feature images of Portugal. Stay tuned - its a work in progress.
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8 Responses to Sevilla in Pictures: Even Better the Second Time Around

  1. Oh, I love Seville too and enjoyed seeing this marvelous city all decked out for Christmas. Such great photos and it looks like you finally got your carriage ride too! Anita

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    • timannehall says:

      We had a little more time to enjoy the Christmas celebrations and festivities this time around. The market selling thousands f creche miniatures was set up in front of the cathedral again this year. And yes, we got the carriage ride which was terrific. It is a wonderful city to spend a few days in, especially over the holidays. Cheers!

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  2. Sevilla is simply magical and your pictures just prove that! How many days would you recommend staying there to see all of the highlights?

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    • timannehall says:

      Hi Agness. We stayed three nights this time around and two nights last year. You could easily fill 4 days just in the city and there are perhaps a couple more day trips that would be interesting as well. Cheers!

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