It would be impossible to plan a trip to the south of Spain without visiting Seville, you would feel that you have been half done.
It is not only due because it is the capital of Andalusia (the southernmost region of Spain). Seville is one of the most important and beautiful Spanish cities to visit to truly understand the country’s history and tradition.
Furthermore, Seville is the perfect place to find examples of the fusion of Arab and Spanish culture. The orange trees decorate and perfume the streets, flamenco is its soundtrack and smiles accompany its people.
Its roots come and survive from the Muslims who arrived in the 8th century and who lived in this region for almost eight centuries. The capital of Andalusia is an excellent starting point to start your journey through Spain, with its gastronomy of tapas, paella, gazpacho and sangria on every corner.
And if this really sounds like the kind of holiday of your dreams, read on for the many things to do in Seville.
Visit the Real Alcázar
The Alcázar of Seville is well known to all, as it was one of the filming locations for the Game of Thrones series. For this and other reasons this palace is still worth an in-depth visit. Initially built for King Pedro de Castilla, the Alcázar was built on the site of what had previously been a Muslim fortress. And although the Christians built the palace, you can see the prominent Muslim influence. In fact, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Mudejar architecture.
If you are ready to plan your visit, you can buy tickets to the Alcázar by clicking here. The Hotel Doña Lina can buy your tickets by request of its users.
On the other hand, if you want to buy it yourself, we recommend arriving at the entrance (La Puerta del León) in the morning when the palace opens to secure your ticket. You can also join a last-minute guided tour of the Alcazar.
Certified guides offering tours in multiple languages are located outside the entrance and will give you the option to join your tour for a fee. After finishing your tour, the location of the Alcázar within the Barrio Santa Cruz (where the Hotel Doña Lina is located) makes it very convenient to visit the Cathedral of Seville or La Giralda afterwards.
A walk through the Plaza de España
Located within the María Luisa Park, the Plaza de España is a reference point for impressive architecture, designed by the great Sevillian architect Aníbal González as an emblematic space of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. This square is decorated with vibrant tiles. For example, you can find 48 pavilions that illustrate the different provinces of Spain along with their maps.
While you are there, take time to stroll the square’s bridges and stroll through the magnificent park, or rent one of the rowboats to enjoy a different perspective of the square.
The Plaza de España was also a sceneries for movies like Lawrece of Arabia or Star Wars (Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)).
The Maria Luisa Park
The park is named after the Infanta of Spain, María Luisa de Bourbon, sister of the Queen Isabel II and Duchess of Montpensier. María Luisa was in love with the city of Seville, fixing her residence there in the famous San Telmo palace. The María Luisa park was the Palace gardens that were donated to the city in 1893.
As you will experience, the irregular layout of its streets is inspired by the romantic concept of love, wild and full of passion.
If you need to convince even more of the ornamentation of Seville architecture, be sure to stop by the Seville Cathedral. Interestingly, the cathedral is actually located within the Barrio Santa Cruz, which was the Jewish quarter during medieval times. The construction of this beautiful church took over a century, and it is easy to see why. Seville Cathedral is the third largest church in the world and the first Gothic cathedral in Europe.
Since the cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions (in Seville, it is probably a good idea to buy tickets for the earliest time available.
La Giralda is a magnificent monument of universal fame and a pride for the people of Seville, who are many poets who dedicate phrases and praises to it.
According to historians, La Giralda was an astronomical observatory and the minaret of a medieval Muslims mosque that currently occupies the cathedral in the 12th century. At the arrival of the Christians, La Giralda was modified (XIII – XIV century). The visit is highly recommended.
We hope we have whetted your appetite to get to know our city. And what better way to do it than by staying in a building located in an area with as much cultural value as the Barrio de Santa Cruz.
And it is that the Hotel Doña Lina offers you the opportunity to stay in a charming hotel in the heart of Seville.
You just have to contact us by clicking here.