Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Seville

After a windy week in Wales sunny Seville seems like a lifetime ago! I wanted to share a few photos from my time in this fantastic city. Seville was only a 4 hour bus journey from Albufeira in Portugal but the vibe was completely different. I spent the ride listening to the Beatles and watching the landscape changing from the rocky coastline to orchards of lemon trees.




The city is crammed full of beautiful architecture - the cathedral is very grand and sits at the centre of the city but even the little backstreets were charming with iron balconies and colourful tiles. Orange trees lined the streets and huge palm trees towered over us in the main squares.




We walked all over the city admiring the architecture but by far my favourite aspect of the trip was the food! We grazed our way around some of the local tapas bars eating olives,  juicy squid tubes grilled and served with a squeeze of lemon, crumbly manchego cheese, dates wrapped in bacon, juicy prawns sizzling in garlicky oil, tender sliced jamon. We made it our mission to find the least touristy places to eat possible and it really paid off. The ice cream above is pistachio and berry.


It was nice to escape the heat of the city streets and wonder amongst the gardens of the Reales Alcazares and relax along the banks of the river.






We saw an amazing flamenco show - the rhythm is so hypnotic, makes me want to learn!


We stayed in the Picasso Hostel right in the center of the city. It's a pretty, cheerful building with a fun and friendly atmosphere. We had a room to ourselves right at the top next to the roof terrace - it was lovely to be able to spend some time sunbathing with a book and a coffee before hitting the streets to explore and at night we snuggled up under blankets with a bottle of red wine and watched the bats circling around the cathedral spire.

How do you feel about hostels vs hotels? I would totally go for a hostel next time - they're cheaper and it somehow feels easier to talk to people and make friends when you otherwise might have kept yourself to yourself.

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