Barcelona to Seville Spain
Our four day whirlwind of an adventure in Barcelona passed by quicker than we would’ve liked, as we could’ve relished in our engagement for a few more days. But, there were more romantic places to be. Seville, to me, was the most romantic stop along our journey. It really hit me in all the right feels!
We chose SkyScanner to find a cheap flight from Barcelona to Seville. While flying wasn’t the cheapest option, we based our decision on value and time. And, it was much faster than taking the bus or a train. We left Barcelona around 21:30 and arrived around 24:00 by the time our plane landed and our taxi dropped us off at Seville Luxury Rentals. You can find Seville Luxury Rentals on Airbnb! The total price was $539.12US for four nights. In my opinion, this was a steal for the location and features this apartment offered.
We could get to everywhere within walking distance. The space was bright, airy and comfortable. We especially enjoyed the rooftop balcony outside of our master suite which had great views of the nearby cathedral bells.
I did not have a plan going to Seville. With our action packed Barcelona itinerary, I wanted to take it easy. We wanted to take in this romantic city one step at a time.
Just a few blocks away from our Airbnb, we found Catedral de Sevilla. Catedral de Seville is a Roman Catholic cathedral and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the adjoining Alcázar Palace complex across the brick paver street.
After its completion in the early 16th century, Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world. We did not buy tickets to go inside of either place, but instead, enjoyed a fresh chocolate gelato on a waffle cone while admiring the outside of each architectural building.
City streets are full of locals and tourists alike, but unlike Barcelona, it’s a lot more personable and not so chaotic. The pace was much slower and made us appreciate living in the moment and enjoy our time walking the streets. The streets of Barcelona make you feel like you need to be either here or there and not get in anybody’s way. Leisurely strolls are not common practice in Barcelona, unless it’s in the early evening.
Anyhow, the city center offers plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, bars and retail shopping. But the feeling is that the Sevillians roots draw close to the Spanish heritage and not so much the Catalonia movement. You can tell the experience in Seville is authentic and what you picture, when you picture coming to Spain. The alleyways, shallow streets and locals still living amongst the many tourists, Seville makes you feel at home.
If you’re looking for something to do, check out the tours below! I’d highly recommend going to Gibraltar on a day trip if time allows.
As we got our first glimpse of the horse-drawn carriages riding around the square and peeked inside of Alfonso XIII Hotel, we made our way to the Alfonso XIII Canal. It was here that we found a neat watchtower overlooking the river called Torre del Oro. The 13th century watchtower cost 1.5€ at the time and allowed you to take a historic stroll up the tower and get a glimpse from the rooftop. It was worth the quick history lesson and views of the canal.
Our first day was just beginning but we were already feasting for some tapas! We heard Seville has some of the best in the country and we were about to find out.
Foodie Alert: Tapas are a small appetizer-like dish that is usually shared among friends.
After a quick google search, we decided on Grupa la Gorda a few blocks from the tower. Looking back, this was one of my favorite meals in Spain! I can’t remember all of the dishes we had, I think we had around four, but I did take some pictures for reference. One tapas featured homemade french fries, topped with meatballs. The second tapas was a korean-inspired noodle and chicken dish. The third tapas was baked cod. This was the best cod I had in Spain, by far! Our fourth dish was homemade gelato on a brownie, topped with whip-cream and chocolate drizzle.
Can you say food coma? It took us a while to walk that lunch off but we did so in the beautiful town of Triana. Triana is the former gypsy quarter that sits across the Guadalquivir River from the city’s main tourist attractions. From its pretty, myth-laden streets have come some of the most influential flamenco artists and bullfighters of the last couple of centuries – including the legendary Juan Belmonte, one of the greatest matadors in the history of bullfighting.
The town is also known for lovely handmade ceramics, which attractively adorn the walls of its old, whitewashed houses, and one of Seville’s best and most lively markets, the Mercado de Triana.
Taller Andaluz de Cocina – Seville, Spain
It was at the market where we found out, what would be, one of our most favorite experiences during our two week adventure. A Paealla cooking class! We quickly signed up for the Paella experience and continued wandering through the colorfull market stalls full of food, fruit and drinks. The Paella class was set to start at 6pm, so we had some time to kill. As our legs began to get tired, we headed back through the streets of Seville and thought it may be a good idea to rest and freshen up before our class that evening.
When we arrived back at to our cooking class, we were met with friendly faces. Everybody was thrilled to be there. I was handed my apron by the chef’s helper and put it on. I was ready to get cooking! The chef said he would allow me to film using my GoPro and promote it on the blog, I was thrilled!
Travel Gear: GoPro Hero 7 Black
A younger couple was visiting from Chicago as well, just like us! We ended up being partners on a few cooking exercises. During our class we made some fresh sangria to drink as we listened to our emphatic chef. I think he was just as excited to be there as we were. You could tell the passion in his voice and see his enthusiasm for cooking.
The group was lively and shared stories and had a few jokes as the class went on. But, most of the conversation centered around making fun of each other and how nobody wanted to burn the Paella. The atmosphere was fantastic. Overall, it’s a must-do experience and my only complaint is that we were supposed to be sent the recipes and we did not receive them via email. So, make sure you ask ahead of time or write it down!
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