I have always wanted to come to Spain. I remember joking with friends that if they couldn’t find me, I would be on a Spanish beach somewhere eating olives and drinking Sangria! So when we talked about going to Seville to find the Tomb of Christopher Columbus (actually not the only reason) and begin my love affair with Spain in ernest, I was pretty excited.
Spanish Sunshine, Flamenco, Guitars, Olives and Sangria – here we come!
So here we are in Seville. And it is everything I had hoped for! Our Airbnb host is amazing. He took us to visit his brothers restaurant and we tried Jamón Serrano, marinated olives and the freshest Sangria ever! What a super legend. Honestly Airbnb has been the best way for us to travel. Here is link if your interested in booking yourself somewhere fabulous while in Seville too
Seville Cathedral and The tomb of Christopher Columbus
The Seville Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and is the third largest cathedral in the world. It houses the remains of Christopher Columbus within a magnificent tomb held aloft by four symbolic figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain that existed during Christopher Columbus’ life. These are Castille, Aragon, Navara, and Leon. Seville Cathedral was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The kids loved the idea that this was the tomb of a man that had explored the world. It started many conversations about exploration, human rights, adventure and discovery.
Climb the 35 storey ramp to the very top of the bell tower and take in the views across Seville. This beautiful bell tower was originally built as a minaret and the ramp to the 35th floor is wide and tall enough for a person to ride a horse! There are 17 steps up to the bell tower which was added by the Christians. Walking up to the top was a challenge for the kids and each floor that we got to would elicit a cry of ‘are we there yet?’ Once we were at the top it was a fantastic view of Seville (however it was accompanied by some howling about ‘now we have to walk all the way down!’)
I wish I had known about these tours from Get your Guide before we went as it would have been really good to have someone to explain what we are actually seeing. Unfortunately I do my reviewing of places back to front and often places are a complete and delightful surprise. Take the tour here.
Maria Luisa Park
The grounds that make up the Maria Luisa Park were donated in 1893 by the Duchess of Montpensier. These were the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo. In 1929 the gardens of Maria Luisa Park were host to the Ibero-American Exposition. This was 19 years in the making as work on the surrounding buildings started in 1911 with Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier as the principal architect.
It is possible to hire a little four wheel bike/buggy for an hour. This was a perfect way for us to get the kids around the park. With 100 acres of plants, trees, shrubs, fountains and nooks and crannies there was not a chance it was going to happen any other way. The park was a cool oasis, away from the heat in Seville. The bike kept the kids entertained for the whole hour as we all took turns to drive. From the looks of laughter and terror on passerby’s faces I think we may have entertained everyone else as well.
Plaza De Espana
The Plaza De Espana is magnificent with its artificial lake and incredible tiled alcoves representing the different provinces of Spain. Built for the exposition to represent Spain, it is now used for Government offices. All the buildings that were built for the exposition were all designed to be used after the exposition and now hold various museums (history, science and art) as well as being used as consulates.
We went to La Casa Del Flamenco and for 18 Euros each (no discount for children) we expected it to be amazing. We were not disappointed. The venue is small and intimate. The entrance looks like a small theatre but inside it felt like walking into a Spanish courtyard, which is, in fact, where we were. A small raised stage, surrounded by seats, it was so intimate and we were so close that we could feel the heat from the dancers. The Spanish guitars played first. And then the Flamenco. It was like watching a passionate relationship unfold before us. It was worth it. My daughter was smitten and begged us to find a dress and shoes for her which she has worn proudly for the last 3 months.
Experience Flamenco with Get your Guide.
We have had the pleasure of staying in Spain for 2 months on the Costa Blanca, infamously known for Benidorm and hopefully better known for its incredible mediterranean beaches and impressive coast line. Read more about Moraira here.