Seville is a beautiful city. It took us 3.5 hours to drive there from Monachil and we had to leave early in the morning as daylight is fleeting here in Europe.
We arrived and the first thing we thought was how spacious the main streets were. Our agenda for the day was to visit the Cathedral and the Alcazar before enjoying some tapas and then driving home. It sounds almost not worth it considering how long we had to drive to get there but it definitely was.
We found an underground car park close to the Cathedral thanks to my sister Meg’s boyfriend Matt who had brought his TomTom which has proved to be invaluable whilst trying to navigate the streets of Spain. And we walked up towards the Cathedral which was very hard to miss. The architects of this amazing building said in 1402, ‘we are going to construct a church so large, future generations will think we were mad.’ And they weren’t exaggerating. The cathedral, which took a century to finish, reminded me of those sand castles you would build at the beach dripping wet sand to form steeples. When you entered the main part of the church, the sheer height of the ceiling and the size of the pillars quite literally take your breath away. We climbed up to the highest bell tower which resulted in most of us breaking a sweat and looked out over the city of Seville. It was quite hard to imagine what it would have looked like 500 years ago before the cathedral was built.
Next we visited Seville’s Alcazar which was built in the early 1300’s. We spent a couple of hours exploring the beautifully decorated rooms and gardens and Adam got lost at one point which was hilarious. It was similar to Alhambra in it’s design and Islamic influence but unique in its own way as well.
At this stage our stomachs were rumbling and we made our way through the narrow streets into central Seville to find a restaurant famous for its tapas.
And we weren’t disappointed. The place we decided on was called Vineira San Telmo and it was amazing. It invented the rascocielo, which is a tower of roasted tomatoes, eggplant, goats cheese and smoked salmon which was a highlight and came out in very generous portions. We decided to order two tapa each and some of us shared whilst some of us didn’t. Some of the selections included foie gras with caramelised peanuts, squid ink pasta with scallops, slow cooked duck breast, seared Japanese-style tuna and the list goes on. We walked out very full and extremely satisfied. Price-wise it wasn’t the cheapest we’d experienced in Spain but at 15 Euro each (including drinks) we couldn’t complain.