WEEKEND IN SEVILLE
As soon as you arrive at the hotel and complete check-in, Kanoa advises you to go straight to the heart of the city, precisely at Royal Alcazar (Photo)
A place that has seen so many cultures pass that have changed the city and left their mark; stroll through the garden of theAlcazar it will make you travel in time, it will seem to you to live another era: it is about one of the oldest royal palaces in the world, still used today by the King.
If you are in the city you can not miss these beautiful buildings perfectly preserved, in a mix of styles from the Neoclassical to the Islamic, between huge rooms, patios and gardens that combine different colors.
How to get: Metro Line 1, stop Puerta de Jerez;
Buses 1, 5, C3, C4, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31, 40, 41 and 42.
From 1 October to 31 March: Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 17.00. From 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.00
Closure: 1 and 6 January, Good Friday and 25 December.
Prezzi: Adults € 9,50.
Official Website: www.alcazarsevilla.org
Probably the visit will have brought you some time; if you are in the area, Kanoa recommends a snack famous Taverna Aguilar, just 8 minutes walk from the Royal Alcazar; here you can enjoy excellent Tapas, perhaps accompanied by a good glass of red wine. You will be welcomed in an informal place with cheap prices.
After having put your stomach in safety ... with a short walk you will reach the wonderful Seville Cathedral.
Recently it has been estimated as the largest church in the world, higher even than Saint Peter e St. Paul of London; the closer you get closer to it, the more you realize its great breadth.
The Cathedral was built between the 1402 and the 1506, following the Christian reconquest of the city. Today, together withAlcazar and all 'Archivo de Indias of Seville, forms a remarkable monumental complex inserted by UNESCO among the sites World Heritage Site.
Famous for storing at the Puerta de Los Principes la tomb of Christopher Columbus, the church consists of five interior naves, in Gothic style, and two chapels, the Royal Chapel and the Cappella Maggiore. The first is dominated by a Renaissance dome; the second houses paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin.
How to get
Tram T1, stop at the Archivo de Indias station, in the Historic Center.
From 1 October to 31 March: Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 17.00. From 1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.00.
Prezzi: € 7,00.
FREE ENTRANCE every Sunday
More information available on the official website: www.catedraldesevilla.es
Giralda of Seville
La Giralda it is one of the symbols of Seville, first Minaret and then from the 1402 Campanile of the Famous Cathedral. Built between the 1184 and the 1196, it is 96 meters high and owes its name to the Italian bronze sculpture, added in the 1568, which turns on itself according to the wind.
The decorations and colors make the Giralda the best example of Islamic architecture found in Spain, we are talking about the third Almohad construction minaret in the world together with that of Rabat and Marrakech.
Kanoa advises to climb this tower to enjoy a spectacular view from the top of Seville.
How to get: Av. De la Constitución, precisely the Cathedral of Seville attached.
TimetablesMonday: from 11: 00 to 15: 30; Tuesday to Saturday: from 11: 00 to 17: 00; Sunday: from 14: 30 to 18: 00.
Prezzi: Full 9,00 €
Reduced: 4,00 € (pensioners and students up to 25 years)
Free: 0-14 years.
Official Website: www.catedraldesevilla.es
Kanoa now advises you to move to the west bank of the river Guadalquivir to admire and discover the characteristic district of Triana, where the ancient city and the modern city coexist.
Originally, Triana it was a district of sailors, workers, industrialists and potters and, even today, entering the neighborhood, you can buy ceramics made by hand in workshops.
The riverfront, instead, which extends from the puente San Telmo al puente de Isabel II, is a concentration of bars and trendy restaurants that offer, in the evening, a good opportunity for entertainment; we want to advise you, a place for dinner very good and characteristic, Las Golondrinas 2: will delight you with fish and meat dishes. Average prices.
After a hearty breakfast, Kanoa advises to take you to the symbolic place of Seville, that is Spain Square.
A very precious outdoor living room ... this square conveys a sense of beauty like few other places in the world; it was built in 1929 on the occasion of the Iberoamerican Exposition, based on a project by the Sevillian artist Gonzalez.
Decorated with bricks, ceramics and colored marble, the symbols of this square represent the glorious Spanish history, whose semicircular shape recalls the embrace of Spain to its new colonies; the 58 benches represent all the Spanish provinces; the Palacio Español inside, imposing and proud, represents the prestige of the Spanish world power.
The square is located inside the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, we can state that it is a Open air museum, Kanoa reports, the round of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Hermanos Quintero and, finally, that of Princess Maria Luisa herself.
Regarding the fountains, do not miss the Lions and the Frogs, and the ponds of the Lotus and the Ducks.
Hours of Maria Luisa Park
From the September 1 to the 30 June: 8.00-22.00
From the 1 July to the 30 August: 8.00-00.00
Kanoa now recommends relaxing by admiring Seville from another perspective. On board one of the many boats along the Guadalquivir river, you will find numerous shipping companies that will offer you a boat tour; on average the tour costs from 13 to 16 euro, for a duration of about an hour.
For lunch Kanoa takes you to the very famous Mercado De Feria: an incredible experience, inside the true flavors of Seville. Starting from Plaza d'Espana, walk up to Menendez Pelayo and take the C3 Bus to Pedro San Sebastian, after about 25 minutes get off at Resolzna Feria, walk for 5 minutes and you will find yourself in front of a huge market where they sell everything.
Directly from the market stalls, the fish is cooked and served here according to what is ordered, so as to savor fresh dishes with both fried and simply excellent cooked dishes; here you can also feel the real life of Seville away from the usual tourist routes.
Kanoa recommends consulting the official website: www.mercadodeferia.com.
After lunch, reach the Barrio di San Bartolomé.
Here you can see and touch a different Seville ... Authentic! Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance styles are mixed together in the elements that make up the Barrio de San Bartolomé.
From the Church of Santa Maria la Blanca, to the Plaza de San Francisco to the Casa de Pilatos to the Church of Santa Magdalena, an interweaving of different styles brings together the charm of this neighborhood. San Bartolomé with his maze of narrow streets surrounded by old low houses, is a solitary and silent place, ideal for long and quiet walks.
Theater of the Maestranza (Plaza de Toro)
The Teatro della Maestranza in Seville, more famous as the Plaza de Toros, is the largest and oldest arena in the whole of Spain.
It is also possible to take part in a guided tour, visiting the stables, the museum with the trophies and clothes of the most famous bullfighters, ending with a tour on the steps, from which you can admire the Príncipe stage, reserved to the sovereigns with the Royal emblem.
Who wants to experience the arena in its most folkloristic moments, can take part in a bullfight: an atrocious spectacle for some but, anyway, a way to experience the electrifying atmosphere before the Corrida.
Plaza de Toros is within walking distance of the Seville Cathedral in just 5 minutes.
From November 1 to 31 March opened by 9.30-19.00
From the 1 April to the 31 October opened by the 9.30-21.00
Closed the 25 December.
Tours in English and Spanish leave every 20 minutes.
Adults: Euro 7
Retired, over 65, students: 4 Euro
Official Website: www.realmaestranza.com.
In case you want to have dinner or have a drink, you can stop by Barrio De Santa Cruz, in our opinion, a real candy box; it is about the the oldest district of the city, in this case the "Juderia": a maze of alleys that winds through colorful houses full of flowers and tiles, the typical "Azulejos". A place very lively, full of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, with a very wide offer; Kanoa recommends the Bodega de santa cruz, a quaint place where there is I'm coming !.
If you are near the Cathedral, you can get to the Neighborhood on foot, otherwise use the Metro L1 up to Puerta de Jerez, and then a short walk.
Kanoa this morning will recommend a rich breakfast from PanyPiu, where you can enjoy delicious cakes and delicious cappuccinos; you find it on the street Cabeza del Rey Don Pedro, in the historical center.
On this last day, hoping that you have the departure in the afternoon, we recommend visiting the Flamenco Dance Museum, a tradition rooted throughout Spain and renowned all over the world. During the visit, you can admire both the styles and furnishings dating back to the 700, and every day you can watch Flamenco performances.
How to get: Located in the historic center, from the Seville Cathedral on foot in 5 minutes.
Open every day of the year even during the holidays, from 10.00 to 19.00.
Flamenco show, every day from 10.00 to 20.00 and in high season from 10.00 to 21.45.
Adults 10 Euro
8 Euro students
Children 6 Euro
Adults 20 Euro
14 Euro students
Children 12 Euro
Official Website: www.museodelbaileflamenco.com.
Probably after this last visit, it will be time to leave. Kanoa, as always, remember to follow your tastes and interests during your stay, but we are sure that if you want to follow our advice, you will hardly regret it !!
Kanoa wishes you a good trip.
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