Setas de Seville
The Food Market Mercado de la Encarnacion is also known as ´Las Setas´ (mushrooms in english)
This modern parasol above the market is the largest wooden structure in the world.
It is also a great vantage point to see Seville from above. Take in those 360º paranomic views.
Can you spot the tiny people on the top in the picture?
Escondite de Maria
Even my accomodation was Instagrammable.
Located right by the Palacio de las Dueñas and close to the Setas.
It was good to stay in a neighbourhood rather than in the main tourist area. El Escondite de Maria is a palatial style house divided up into apartments.
Each one has a different style of interior, all have a bedroom, bathroom, lounge and kitchen area. My apartment was the Arab style one and it even had its own private terrace.
As I was staying in Seville for three days I enjoyed having a small desk to use as an office. The fridge also came in super handy as its hot in Seville in July. So I could cool drinks and keep fresh fruit to hand for healthy snacks during my stay.
I certianly will be returning to El Escondite de Maria sometime
The bathroom here was practical with a huge walk in shower and lots of fluffy towels. I can say that I would stay here again. Well located in the San Pedro neighbourhood, with plenty of shops and bars close by. Nor was it far to reach the main tourist sites in the city.
Palacio de la Motilla
On my way into the city centre I came across this palatial home.
The Motilla Palace was inspired by the Palacio Vecchio in Florence Italy.
Although it´s a modern construction (1920´s) it really caught my eye with its pretty bouganvillea decorating the façade.
Used recently in Game of Thrones (S5 & S6) the Real Alcazar de Sevilla is a fortified palace with stunning gardens.
Baños de Maria Padilla
Seen above are the Gardens of the Alcazar and this photo is the Bath house of Maria Padilla.
Tucked away to one side of the garden, this historic pool takes its name from Maria Padilla. A noblewoman in the 14th century as a swimming pool to cool down in the hot Spanish summers. It was also featured in Game of Thrones
This photo of the Bouganvillea is close to the entrance of the Alcazar and looks into the area of the Mercury Pond.
The garden space at this historic palace is quite immense. I got to see about 60% of the space on my last visit.
Salon de Embajadores
Inside the Real Alcazar, there are many stunning architectural details.
This room called the Ambassadors Lounge has an intricate wooden dome dating back to 1427.
The balconies are a later addition from the 16th century. This appeared in Game of Thrones as the Palace of Prince Doran.
Quite apt as its original use was a Throne room.
The name of the belltower of Seville Cathedral is La Giralda.
The architecture style on the Koutoubia in Marrakesh, it does bear a clear resemblance.
Views from Seville Cathedral
If you are feeling strong you can climb up the inside of the Cathedral tower. The ascent is up concrete ramps rather than steps.
Once you get up there the views are worth a photo or two.
At 104 metres high it was the tallest building in Spain for many centuries.
In this close up of the tower you can see the figure of the Giradillo. Added in 1568 its 3.47 metres tall and made of bronze.
One of the best things about visiting Seville is the bar culture. Eating tapas outside in the sunshine with views of the Cathedral. Sampling some of the typical cakes made to traditional recipes.
I learnt about the gourmet side of the city on this Seville Food Tour back in February 2019.
Plaza del Cabildo
Torre de Oro
A watchtower located on the riverbank. In the 13th century there was a tower on either side of the river, but the one on the Triana riverbank didnt survive. Built in 1221 this medieval structure has had many uses of the years.
Plaza de España
This square was the setting for the 1929 Iber-American Expo.
Stretching over 50 000 m² Plaza de España makes a great place for photography.
With a boating lake and 50 ceramic alcoves representing all 50 Spanish provinces.
You are spoilt for choice for pretty photo locations in this square.
Flamenco in Seville
Palacio de las Dueñas
Built in the 15th century this palatial home belongs to the House of Alba.
Although it wasn´t opened to the public until 2016, it is now one of the most popular tourist locations in Seville.
Get your Skip the Line tickets for Palacio de las Dueñas
The property layout includes several courtyards and buildings. Lush plants and pretty ceramics create a magical space.
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