Travel Tales: Sangrias in Sunny Sevilla
About a month ago, I came back from a wonderful 10-day trip around Andalusia with my boyfriend. We were adamant on seeing as much as we could and Sevilla was one of the cities that we definitely did not want to miss out on. After a short stay in Cordoba, we took a two-hour/12 EUR bus journey and arrived in the beautiful city of Sevilla.
Birds eyeview of the Casas De Santa Cruz hotel lobby
What struck us the most as we were wandering around towards our hotel which was how quaint and picturesque every street was. After a few lefts and rights (and admitedly, getting a little lost) we came out onto a lovely square with orange trees where we found the main reception at a sister hotel. We checked in but as we had arrived a little early, we sat outside in the Sevillian sunshine, sipping on deliciously sweet sangrias. We could not have started our day in Seville any better!
Our Bed at Casas de Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel in Seville
Beautifully hand-painted ornaments beside our bed
Not too big but the space is enough
View from the terrace
Relaxing sound of water at the lobby
We went out to explore Plaza España which was absolutely stunning under the sun! We then went onto the Golden Tower by the river as well as Seville’s bull ring, a trip which was cut short because we had to get back for a flamenco show that we had booked, through flamencotickets.com, to see a flamenco show that night at the Casa de Flamenco.
Around Plaza de España
We were in one of the most famous Andalusian cities and so we could not go home without seeing a Sevillanas performance. We of course roamed the streets and bar hopped for different types of Tapas.
Romantic Boating in Plaza de España
I still remember my boyfriend’s face when one of the bars had “Patatas Bravas” – a fried potato dish typically served at tapas bars – as he had not had it since his last trip to Spain many years ago.
Alley near our Hotel
Sangria Place near our Hotel
Sevilla was the fourth city on our trip so you can only imagine just how many times I had heard about these potatoes since we had arrived. I had very high expectations but I certainly was not disappointed!
Sangrias in Sunny Sevilla
If you have a night or two in Sevilla, be sure to check out the Plaza España at night – it looks even more impressive and there will barely be anyone there aside from some night-time joggers. Opposite the Plaza itself is a statue of the architect, Anibal Gonzalez Alvarez-Ossorio, and if you want to give yourself some night-time shivers, take a peek underneath the statue’s coat.
At Plaza de España
Night time Plaza de España
You will see that it is solid but you will also see three small and child-like hand prints – the significance of which I have yet to discover despite my endless googling sessions.
Inside the Cathedral of Sevilla
We were set to leave the next day for Cadiz but I was eager to see Christopher Columbus’ tomb in the Cathedral of Sevilla. I don’t think we could have squeezed in so much if it weren’t for the superb location of our hotel. It was located right in between the two main things to see in Sevilla!
Most of our travelling around involved buses on the ALSA service. You can find routes and timetables here: http://www.alsa.es/en/