The bus will leave the group at one of the most beautiful and emblematic places of the city: the “Plaza de España”. This square was built in 1929 and offers a representation of all the Spanish provinces through images painted in the tiles that decorate it. Apart of being one of the most photographed spots in the city, it has been used as the setting for many films. Those of you who are fans of the Stars Wars series, for sure that you already have heard about it! “The Episode II: Attack of the Clones” was filmed here, and the square was used as the setting of the Planet Naboo.
1. The “Reales Alcázares” and the “Archivo de Indias”
These are a must! Both were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. These monuments represent very well different periods of the city through the islamic, mudejar and gothic expressions than can be found there.
2. Santa Cruz Neighbourhood
From the “Reales Alcázares” you can enter into the most ancient neighbourhood in Sevilla. Crossing the “Patio de Banderas” (“Flags’ Yard”) you’ll reach the “Callejón del Agua” (“Alley of the Water”), one of the most emblematic places in the neighbouhood and in the whole city, that intersects with Vida Street. This beautiful corner reflects very well the spirit of the neighbourhood. From this point you can start a walk around its narrow streets and discover charming spots, like the “Plaza de la Cruz” (“Cross Square”), that gives name to the neighbourhood. A suggestion: just glance through a window of any of these houses. They look like real palaces!
After this walk and on the way to the next monument, you should stop at one of the most mythical bars in the city: “Bodega Las Columnas”. Here you will get your strenght back thanks to a cold beer and a “montadito de pringá” (a snack that consists of a small sandwich filled with the meat that has been previously used to cook an stew).
3. The Cathedral
The Cathedral of Sevilla is the second with the biggest area in the world. It was built between 1433 and 1506. Together with the “Reales Alcázares” and the “Archivo de Indias” it was named World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987. If you come from the Mateos Gagos Street (where the “Bodega Las Columnas” is placed), the first thing you’ll see is the Plaza del Triunfo and a beautiful sight of the Giralda Tower. If you go on turning around you’ll get surprised by the high quantity of horse-drawn carriages that can be found on the sides. A ride on a horse-drawn carriage is one of the most luxurious tourist experiences in the city.
4. The City Hall
After visiting the Cathedral, if you go straight on “Avenida de la Constitución” you’ll arrive at “Plaza Nueva”, where the City Hall of Sevilla is placed, a building of the 16th century with amazing architechtural details on its design.
5. El Salvador Square
In less than 3 minutes from the City Hall, you’ll reach “El Salvador” square, one of the favourite places among the locals to drink some beer. If you get there around 14 in the afternoon, you’ll be surprised with the atmosphere that can be found there, as is a meeting point for young people, families and elderly people. Normally there are two pushcarts with different “tapas” (snacks) in front of the bars to eat along with the beer. Among these snacks you’ll find freshly made chips, olives and one of the most typical snacks in Sevilla: “altramuces” (lupins).
7. “Encarnación” Square or “Mushroom Square” (Plaza de las Setas)
After having the snack, you can continue with your walk towards the “Plaza de la Encarnación”, also popularly known as “Plaza de las Setas” (“Mushroom Square”). It gives its name to the building “Metropol Parasol” that is placed there. Sevillians awaited with great expectation the inauguration of this square, due to many controversies that surrounded the construction of the building, designed by the berliner architect Jürgen Mayer. At last it was inaugurated in 2011.
8. The “River Walk” and “Triana’s Bridge”
One of the most amazing spots in the city is, undoubtely, the “Paseo del Río” (“River Walk”) with views to the “Triana Bridge” (“Puente de Triana”). Triana is of the most renowed neighbourhoods in the city because it has its own character and spirit. Thousands of young people from the capital use the River Walk as meeting point to have a picnic or sunbathe. If you are near the place at lunchtime it might be a good idea to look for a somewhere to rest and eat something.
9. “Puerta Jerez” (“Jerez Gate”)
Emblematic buildings as “San Telmo’s Palace” -the headquarters of the Presidency of the Andalusian Government-, the “Edificio Cristina” (“Building Cristina”) and the Hotel Alfonso XIII can be found there. If you walk a little bit further, you’ll find the former Real Tobacco Factory -the famous opera “Carmen” was inspired in a woman who worked there- that now is being used as the University of Sevilla’s Rectorate.
10. Parque de María Luisa (María Luisa’s Park)
And finally, before taking the bus to return home, you should walk around the María Luisa’s Park, the green area of the city. It was recently named Place of Cultural Interest. Its gardens were initially a part of San Telmo’s Palace, but in 1893 the Infanta María Luisa de Borbón donated them to the city. A walk around these gardens may result a delightful and relaxing experience and you’ll feel much more rested for the journey back.
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