Unique art, architecture, culture, and history fill this city day in and day out. For me, the only problem was, I only had one day left to indulge in the beauty of Seville, but there’s just not enough time to see it all! As always, though, I was up for the challenge.
The first idea that came to mind was to rent a scooter, but when I saw a sign for bicycle rentals, I knew my adventure was set. Of course, there are the main attractions of the city that everyone has to see, or else you didn’t really visit Seville. A local pointed me in the direction of my first stop: Alcazar of Seville. These architects really know how to make a first impression. The tile-work surrounding the main entrance alone had me in awe. It was like walking into a royal palace. Tour guides even mentioned that Spain’s Royal Family still uses it on occasion. There are countless gardens and ponds in and around the attraction. My favorite spot was the Courtyard of the Maidens where there were sunken gardens surrounding a rectangular pool. What a great spot to relax and meditate!
For my next stop, I climbed the 93-meter-high Giralda Tower at the Seville Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Christian history. Viewing the city from so high up was an incredible experience. I was able to see street vendors, tourists, and festivals as well as enjoy the flamenco music that played in the distance.
By the end of the day, I rode through the “Barrio Santa Cruz”, said to be the most charming neighborhood in Seville. Colorful buildings surrounded the narrow cobblestone streets where locals greeted me kindly. The “Venice of Spain”, or the Plaza de España, was one of the most impressive sights of the day and actually made me feel like I was in Italy! The Renaissance style building next to the squares canal gave the landmark an Italian pizazz. Seville’s Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Flamenco Dance, and Town Hall showed off a lot of the city’s culture and history.
The last, and most interesting, place I visited during my bike tour was the Maestranza Bull Ring, one of the finest and largest in all of Spain. I imagined myself cheering in the stands, or even as a professional Matador, front and center!