We’ve touched on some of the bigger sites in Seville, but we couldn’t leave the city behind without taking a stroll down some of Seville’s streets, past the Gothic Cathedral, and into one of the most magical hotels we’ve ever stayed.
Starting in Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter of Seville, where you’ll find Las Casas de la Juderia. We’ve been very fortunate to stay in some beautiful places, but Las Casas de la Juderia might win the award for the most unique. Las Casas is comprised of 27 traditional houses, that have been linked by patios,
And a maze of tunnels.
You’ll be lucky to get lost multiple times on your way from your room to the front of the hotel because getting lost is half the fun. It’s the best way to get you out to the wildly beautiful streets of Seville, where buildings of all colors will greet you.
Just make sure to save some time for ceramics shopping. They don’t make them any better than in Andalusia.
They’ll make these precious little name or number plaques for you, but who needs custom when Dr. Sexy is ready to go.
(In all reality, the ceramics in Seville are incredible, and you really should make time to visit the shops in the area.)
In not too much time, you’ll come upon the Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, better known as the Seville Cathedral. Originally constructed as the grand mosque, the building was converted into the city’s cathedral in the 13th century, after Seville’s conquest by Ferdinand III. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the city built on to the cathedral, making it now the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world.
If you walk the entire outside of the building, you’ll find the below wall, where centuries after construction – during a quick spring cleaning – they discovered many names written in red. Long ago, proud (and wealthy) families of higher education graduates could pay to have their names painted on the side of the Cathedral. The paint of choice? Bull’s blood, which has a staining power not even the strongest of power washing could remove.
Unlike many sites in the city, entry to the Cathedral is free. Be sure to go inside and have a look.
After a magical day of wandering, you’ll need an equally magical evening. Start at El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar in Seville. Founded in 1670, El Rinconcillo is a wonderful place for cocktails, tapas, and dinner. Luckily, they take reservations, which we highly recommend. The dining room is small and cramped, and without a reservation your only option is to try and squeeze into a bar area that (not surprisingly) is overly crowded.
Having eaten your fill of tapas, it’s time for a nightcap. For the nights we were there, our nightcaps were enjoyed in the beautiful bar at Las Casas, where every night the server would teach us a new phrase in Spanish.
We sure enjoyed our nightly routine a pina co-latta!