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.
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 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.