The Via de la Plata starts in the magnificent city of Seville. This Camino de Santiago route was first of all a trading road used by the Romans to join the North and the South of Spain and it is by far the longest Camino (1000km). Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia, situated on the plains of the River Guadalquivir. Seville has a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the fourth-largest city in Spain. Its Old Town, the third largest in Europe with an area of 4 square kilometres, contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
I lived in this beautiful Seville for six months so I have compiled 10 things that you should do in Seville if you are starting your Camino there:
1-The Cathedral of St. Mary
It is among the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals, in terms of both area and volume. The interior is the longest nave in Spain, and is lavishly decorated, with a large quantity of gold. The most impressive and iconic part is the Giralda Tower, the views from the top are amazing.
2-The General Archive of the Indies
This archive is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The building itself is an unusually serene and Italianate example of Spanish Renaissance architecture.
is a royal palace facing the cathedral. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Every inch of the palace is covered in intricate detail, the mix of architectural styles is fabulous and the gardens are stunning. The Alcázar Gardens, within the grounds of the Alcázar palace, consist of several sectors developed in different periods and styles.
4-Plaza de España
The Plaza de España, in María Luisa Park (Parque de María Luisa), has some incredible buildings, a giant fountain, and a little moat surrounding it. It’s one of the most stunning spots in Sevilla. The Plaza de España has tiled displays for each region of Spain, showing scenes from each region. They’re really detailed and amazing to look at.
5-The Torre del Oro
was built by the Almohad dynasty as a watchtower and defensive barrier on the river. A chain was strung through the water from the base of the tower to prevent boats from traveling into the river port.
6-The Parque de María Luisa (María Luisa Park)
is a monumental public park that stretches along the Guadalquivr River. It is Seville’s main green area.
7-Real Maestranza, Bullfight Ring
This is this typical example of a Spanish bullring. It has an enormous capacity, holding up to 13,000 spectators, once inside it is really impressive.
8-The Metropol Parasol
The Encarnación square is the world’s largest wooden structure. A monumental umbrella-like building designed by a German architect, it was finished in 2011. This modern architecture structure houses the central market and an underground archaeological complex. The terrace roof is a good city viewpoint.
9-See a flamenco dance in a restaurant
The western district of Triana has plenty of restaurants and bars where you can drink, eat and watch Flamenco. Equally you can find a lot of bars like that in the Barrio Santa Cruz district.
10-And finally don’t forget to go for some Tapas!
There are over 4,000 amazing tapas bars in the city, you must try it once at least.
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