We’ve spent the last two weeks in Andalucía. While based in the White Hill Town of Arcos de la Frontera, we’ve travelled to Sevilla, Jerez, Cadiz, Cordoba and numerous small towns scattered throughout the mountains. The following pictures are from Spain’s 4th largest city, Sevilla – as seen through Mr. N’s lens.
Sevilla is a beautiful city with impressive tourist sites – the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Plaza de España. It’s certainly worth several days – one for the tourist sites and one (or more) to soak up the real essence of this Andalucían city. While we enjoyed the grandeur and history of the Cathedral, the architecture of the Alcazar and the expansive beauty of the Plaza, it wasn’t until we came back and really dug into the barrios that we fell in love (again).
La Avenida de la Constitucion from La Plaza Nueva
Inside the Catedral de Sevilla
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral
Looking up in the Cathedral
The story of Jesus as told in walnut and gold leaf in the Catedral de Sevilla
Climbing La Giralda – the bell tower of the Cathedral – which was originally built for the mosque which stood on this site.
The bells are still operational and gave us quite a startle!
View from La Giralda – up 37 ramps!
The bell tower gives you a 360 degree view of colorful Sevilla
Mr. N had his eye on the pool below
The “pool of my dreams!” says Mr. N
A bird’s eye view of La Patio de Los Naranjos – the only other reminent of the original mosque.
The oranges look beautiful, the blossoms smell amazing – but don’t eat them! These beauties are too bitter for consumption and instead used in perfumes.
El Barrio de Santa Cruz – the former Jewish Quarter – was one of our favorites (especially for tapas crawling!).
An interior shot of the Real Alcazar de Sevilla – which was primarily built in the 1300’s for Spain’s Christian rulers, but reflects a Moorish architecture.
Portions of the Alcazar have been used in filming Game of Thrones!
The Plaza de Espana was built for a World’s Fair and is stunning at sunset.
We hope you enjoyed Mr. N’s selection of photos for this visual illustration of Sevilla. In a few days we’re off to Granada and will then continue our road trip throughout Spain. Until then if we could each sum up Spain’s Andalucía in one word our words would be:
Passion. Alive. Proud. Joyful.