Spain: Spectacular Seville
At the moment siting in a cozy cafe in the center of Seville, enjoying hot chocolate and organising my endless amount of photos which I have been capturing for three weeks while visiting Portugal’s Porto, Lisbon, Covilha, Spain’s Madrid and now Andalusia.
This time it’s not about the quality of the picture, but rather the quality of the time spent together. Arrived on the 31st of December and met the people I celebrated New Years with two hours before the clock reached 00:00. Lovely family from Peru which have found their good life here in Seville. Their hospitality and open-midedness warmed my heart during my stay. In Spain at the Noche Vieja they eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the year, one by one. It’s challenging to make it as fast so almost everyone starts the New Year funny, giving hugs and kisses with full mouth of grapes.
The old Town is the third largest in Europe, with an area of 4 square kilometres where I was happy to get lost. Now when gathering my photos I realised that I have hundreds of city pattern photos. That is how much I enjoyed the happy colours and balconies which often host loads of greens and flowers.
One might think that the streets where built so narrow for security reasons so that during the war it is harder for army to enter, however the closeness and height of the houses rather ensures good circulation of air which is crucial at Seville’s crazy-heat summers with temperature averages of 35’C.
It’s refreshing to eat an orange just picked from tree. Need to choose wisely, though, as some of the species are just beautiful. Will return in spring when the orange aroma makes it’s inhabitants pleasantly dizzy as they say.
What I usually do when travelling is look for the hidden gems rather than spend loads of time in the top touristic attractions. Sneaked in the magical courtyards whenever the doors were open. One more charming than other, filled with arabic pots of plants, column structures and cozy rocking chairs which make the atmosphere perfect for reading, slow conversations or just being lazy.
From the exterior of the houses it’s not possible to tell that such magic hides inside which makes each courtyard a surprise. Each is unique as are the columns in the upper picture, being different in length and different in shapes for the base and the top.
This hotel is a unique set of buildings, a small city within the jewish quarter Canta Cruz with a maze of precious over and underground passages.
If visiting Seville flamenco show is a must. I chose to explore Museum of Flamenco and to see the performance there which was absolutely magical and for small price in comparison with other places. Live music and dance with incredible passion. It was challenging to catch a moment when the dancer was still for taking a picture.
Would return to Seville million times. City with happy colours, magical courtyards, trees with fat oranges, passion for flamenco, welcoming people, and city which stole my heart.