Date: 9-10th September 2019
Travelled: Only on the bus to and from Seville, Province of Andalucía
Stayed: Private aire, Seville, €13 all service. N37.41040, W05.94054
Budget: 91 days @ €71 per day
Map of Seville, the icon on our parking spot
We spend the night in our air-conditioned cocoon oblivious to the heat outside overnight. It was somewhat cooler in the morning but still 21 degrees when I shut the AC off and opened the door. Our Dutch neighbours in a huge Morello (perhaps €150,000+) motorhome looked very ragged this morning. I think they regretted not getting air-conditioning fitted when they ordered it.
We just have coffee and fruit and make for the bus. The bus stop is outside the aire and #28 (€1.40pp) has us in the centro in 20 minutes.
The Palace Alcázar has been the home of the rulers of Seville since Roman times. The present structures are however Christian in origin but with distinctive Mudéjar architecture, reflecting the moorish tradesman who built it. The Spanish Kings called it home for four centuries, in particular Pedro the Cruel (1350-69) who completely rebuilt the Alcázar. If you want to get stuff done you cannot have a better name !
Under the Alcázar we tour the cistern. At the end of the cistern a necrópolis dating back to Roman times. Let’s not concern ourselves with the hygiene issues.
The Gardens of the Alcázar are another highlight…
The Palace done we have a coffee in a cafe within the gardens before going on the the Catedral of Seville. The cathedral was completed in 1506 having taken 104 years to complete, it is the largest gothic cathedral in the world. Walking around the outside takes 10 minutes. We then queue for around 20 minutes to purchased our tickets (€4 pp sen).
The largest monument within the cathedral is this one the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Apart from being huge, it’s very popular with visitors. We thought the cathedral too big, too dark and far too hot inside. Not a place to linger I’m afraid.
Back outside thankfully we spend an next hour walking the lane of the centro as Pam searches for a flaminco skirt, size 5. Then a late tapas lunch.
Another good night’s sleep with the rumble of the AC doing its thing. A little cooler this morning and the weather app predicting 32 degrees, but we won’t count our chickens. Our bus has us in the centro in 15 minutes and our second days exploring gets under way.
Our list of things to see today is shortened by the fact the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes is closed today. So we continue on to the Metropol Parasol.
The Metropol Parosol was a surprise. Our guide book stated it was worth the walk but we had no idea what it was. In brief the largest wooded structure in the world according to the blurb with some of the best views across Seville. The Metropol done we have a relaxing walk back to the Old City. Pam finally finds a size 5 flaminco skirt and the whole day becomes more relaxed.
From the church, we walk toward the Rio Guadalquivir to explore the Parque Maria Luisa and the Plaza de España. Together they are considered the most pleasant and impressive public spaces in Spain according to our guide.
So that’s it, Seville is done. We make our way back towards the centro and our bus stop. It’s mid-afternoon and we still haven’t had lunch, but we eventually find a cafe and have a long recovery lunch before returning to the Hymer and another quiet evening listening to the air-conditioner.
Michael and Pam