Seville is know for it´s grandeur and it´s colourful April fair.
 
On my latest visit to the capital of Andalusia, I took many photos around different areas of the city.
I thought it would be fun to share the most Instagram worth spots in the city.
 
Or best places to get that holiday photo.
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Instagrammable Seville

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?

Las Setas in Seville Mercado Encarnacion

Escondite de Maria

Even my accomodation with 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.

Escondite de Maria Apartments in Seville Spain

Seville Apartment

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.

Escondite de Maria Apartments

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 Seville Spain

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.

Gardens of the Real Alcazar Seville Spain

Real Alcazar

Used recently in Game of Thrones (S5 & S6) the Real Alcazar de Sevilla is a fortified palace with stunning gardens.

I have selected four photos from my visit but I have hundreds more.
It was so pretty in July and all the flowers were in bloom.

Bath of Maria Padilla Real Alcazar Seville Spain by piccavey

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 GOT.

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.

Bouganvillea in Seville Alcazar July 2018

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.

Dome inside Alcazar of Seville Spain

La Giralda

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.

Giralda Seville Cathedral

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.

The Cathedral does get busy. If you book your tickets online ahead of your visit you can skip the queue.

Seville Cathedral Spain View from Giralda

Giradillo

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.

There is another Giradillo right above the Cathedral entrance when you go in. So that you can appreciate it in more detail.

Giralda Seville Cathedral tower

Plaza del Cabildo

To one side of the Cathedral on Avenida de la Constitution. Seek out a small alleyway to this charming square. Inside there are private apartments and a small shop selling cakes made by local nuns.
 
On one side of the square there is a 12th century ruin. This ancient wall was part of the Alcazaba fortress of Seville.
 
On Sundays the Plaza del Cabildo is the location for a collectors fair. Stamp collectors and old coin dealers sell their antiques here weekly.

Plaza del Cabildo Seville Spain

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.

These towers were for collecting taxes and controlling ships coming into the city. Nowdays it is a Maritime Museum.
 
Centuries ago they named it the Golden Tower, as the colour of the stone shines gold in the Seville sunshine.

Torre del Oro in Seville by piccavey July 2018

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.

Row boat at Plaza de España Sevillle Spain

Flamenco in Seville

There are also horses and carriages trotting around this area. I also came across this Flamenco dancer.
Seville has plenty of good Flamenco shows although this one was an impromptu one I came across that day.
This area is busier on weekends and festival days when the locals are off work.
Parque de Maria Luisa is on one side of this square. 
Inside the park some of the Pavillions from the Expo are quite ornate and colourful. 
To walk in the park and visit Plaza de España wear comfortable shoes as there is quite a distance to cover.

Flamenco Dancer in Seville Spain by piccavey

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.

Palacio de las dueñas Seville

The property layout includes several courtyards and buildings. Lush plants and pretty ceramics create a magical space.

The columned patio with its typical yellow colour and lush greenery is the main draw for any visitor.

Palacio de las Dueñas Seville Spain

Find out more about Seville:

Ecija: A Must See City in Sevilla Province

Unmissable UNESCO sites in Andalucia Spain

 

 Instagrammable Seville

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