Tap into this post to read about some of our sightseeing, fun facts, travel tips and many pictures of our time in Seville. We encourage you to get out and see the world if you are able, and if not, we will bring it to you through our posts. We hope you enjoy!
The national flag of Spain consists of a yellow field containing the national emblem sandwiched between two horizontal red bars. Yellow and red are traditional Spanish colours that according to legend represents bullfighting (red from the blood of the bull and the yellow sand of the bullring). The symbol in the yellow band is the Spanish coat of arms.
A Super City Break in Sunny Seville
While convalescing in La Manga during a few winter months, Nina and I decided to take a February road trip over to Seville, located in the interior of the Andalusia region. When we left La Manga it was around 18C (64F), which is still a bit chilly for us, but when arrived in Seville we were met with glorious sunshine and a warm 24C (75F)! It was a beautiful drive of a little over 5 hours across the southern interior of the country through various terrain along the A-92 and near to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains by Granada.
We booked a beautiful hotel in the heart of the city, Hotel Inglaterra, which was convenient for walking to numerous tourist sites. We enjoyed a number of sites via a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, took a river cruise along the Guadalquivir River, took a guided tour of the famed Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla bullfighting arena, and many other attractions. Seville is an absolutely gorgeous city and quickly became our favourite city in Spain that we’ve visited so far!
Facts & Figures
— Seville, also known as Sevilla in Spanish, is the largest city in the region of Andalusia with a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million
— Seville was founded by the Romans as Hispalis and was later ruled by the Moors for some 500 years from 712 A.D. until retaken by Ferdinand III in 1248 as part of the Christian Kingdom of Castille
— The Guadaquivir River runs through Seville and is the 5th longest river on the Iberian Peninsula and is navigable from the Gulf of Cadiz to Seville; in Roman times it was navigable to Cordoba
— Bullfighting is an important part of Spain’s culture and tradition, even the flag of Spain bears the colours of the bullring sand and blood of the bull; the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla was constructed in the mid-1700s; regardless of your position on bullfighting, the architecture and historical value alone is well worth the visit
— Seville is easily walkable from any centrally located hotel; we stayed in the beloved Hotel Inglaterra, located very near the Seville Cathedral
— Seville is very temperate and is generally warm even in winter; it was 24C (75F) in early February
— There was a long queue to get into the Seville Cathedral but it moved quickly and we opted for the self-guided tour; we walked up some 100 meters (330 feet) to the top of the bell tower (known as Giralda) for some cracking views!
— The unit of currency for Spain is the Euro
Psalm 119:30 – New Living Translation (NLT)
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.
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