Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

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Mystical Secret Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar in Seville

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The mystical, infinite arches, the alluring reflections in the waters and the fresh air in its atmosphere at the secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla is an obligatory stop to seek out when visiting the Alcazar complex in Seville.

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This post aims to give you an overview of the famous serene and secluded Baths of Maria de Padilla at the Royal Alcazar, who Lady Maria was and the love between the King and her. After reading this post, I sincerely hope you will visit the famous Baths.

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1 | Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

Baths of Maria de Padilla | Baños de Doña María de Padilla

The Baths of Maria de Padilla ( Baños de Doña María de Padilla) were made famous by a legend associated with Lady Maria de Padilla, a noble lady and mistress to the King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel.

Located within the grounds and in a secluded basement at the Royal Alcazar in Seville, Andalusia is the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla. The Baths of Maria de Padilla is no regal baths at all. They are stone water cisterns built in the 12th century by the Moors to collect rain water which was supplied to the palace as drinking water. It was an area to shy away from the summer heat and served as a food storage area also.

1.1 | Legend of the Baths of Maria de Padilla

Legend has it that the beautiful Lady Maria de Padilla, walked naked through the palace and bathed in the water cisterns to cool off from the scorching heat. The stone cisterns were coated in lime. Thereafter, King Pedro I the Cruel is said to offer the palace water in which Maria de Padilla bathed as a drink to his guests. Visitors drank the water for an audience with the King.

1.2 | The mystical secret baths of Maria de Padilla

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the famous Baths of Maria de Padilla, the Royal Alcazar, Seville

The secret Baths of Maria de Padilla is an alluring sight and one of the most picturesque places within the Mudejar palace complex.

A spacious ‘room’ located below the Patio del Crucero are stone water cisterns which were originally built during the Almohads reign in the 12th century. The stone walls were coated with lime and rain water were collected here before it was used as drinking water by the palace residents. Later additions were made to the ‘room’ by King Alfonso X in the 13th century. He added Gothic rib vaults during the latter part of 13th century. It was accessed by a barrel vault that led to the Garden of the Dance.

Following the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755, it became necessary for the Mudejar palace to undergo further modifications. The cisterns which were open to the gardens became an underground vault along with lateral corridors. The corridors were decorated with Renaissance paintings from the 16th century. As a result of its ‘underground’ location, the crypt is said to have a temperature of 15 degree Celsius lower than the outside and goes with the reputation of being the coolest place in Seville!

1.3 | The Baths of Maria de Padilla is an unmissable experience

Visiting the Baths of Maria de Padilla today is an experience not to miss. The tranquility it bestows as soon as you venture through the corridors is augmented with the fresh air in the atmosphere. The beautiful vaulted Gothic arches seems endless. This vaulted crypt is divided into three naves with noticeable lateral ones being smaller than the central. The reflection of the arches off the water and the gentle natural light seeping through the sides makes this stop somewhat dreamlike and surreal.

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is kind of hidden within the Royal Alcazar complex. You can access it via the Gothic Palace, or the Mercury Pond when visiting the Royal Alcazar. If you are at the Mercury Pond, go down some stairs to the Garden of Dance and the Baths are on your right.

Georgina suggests: For many, the Baths of Maria de Padilla is a quick photo-stop but I encourage you to spend a few moments here to appreciate the ingenuous architecture and experience the mystical and serene atmosphere that is characteristic of this medieval hidden gem.

2 | The Love between King Pedro I and Lady Maria de Padilla

The King of Castile, Pedro I the Cruel was madly in love with the dazzling Lady Maria de Padilla but the irony is that they were never married.

King Pedro I met Lady Maria de Padilla in the summer of 1352. Their affair began almost immediately even though the King was betrothed to Blanche de Bourbon, the daughter of Duke Pierre I of Bourbon. The King was very much in love with Lady Maria and he abandoned his wife three days after his wedding. He took Lady Maria as his mistress and brought her to live at the royal palace. The King also found out that his wife had an affair with his stepbrother, Fadrique Alfonso and he sent her off to be imprisoned at his mother’s palace, the royal fortress in Toledo.

2.1 | Who was Lady Maria de Padilla

Lady Maria de Padilla was the daughter of the Castilian nobles Juan Garcia de Padilla and Marie Gonzalez de Hinestrosa. She held her own court at the palace. King Pedro I and Lady Maris had four children, three daughters and a son.

Beatrice (1353-1369), Constance (1354-1394), Isabella (1355-1392) and Alfonso (1359-1362)

Sadly, Lady Maria born in 1335, died in the summer of 1361.

Following the death of Lady Maria de Padilla, King Pedro I asked the Arcbishop of Toledo to annul his previous marriages and declare that Maria was his first and only wife, thereby officially pronouncing Maria as queen posthumously. With this decree, it allowed the King to legitimise all of his four children with Maria. Lady Maria is buried at the Royal Chapel in Seville Cathedral. King Pedro I was buried alongside Lady Maria in 1369.

3 | The Mudejar Royal Alcazar in Seville

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the resplendent Pedro’s Palace, Seville

The Baths of Maria de Padilla is only one of the very many interesting stops to seek out when visiting the breathtaking Mudejar palace complex in the heart of Seville. The Royal Alcazar is the oldest royal palace in Europe in use and offers a walk through history and unmissable architectural marvels.

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Courtyard of the Maidens, Royal Alcazar, Seville Spain

King Pedro I built an impressive addition to the Alcázar palace complex — Pedro’s Palace between 1364 and 1366. An incredibly outstanding architecture of Mudejar style, the Alcazar is one of three monuments jointly made the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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3.1 | Just for fun …

If you are a passionate fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, you will instantly recognise that the Royal Alcazar of Seville was the backdrop to many scenes. In particular, the Baths of Maria de Padilla was featured as House Martell in the 6th season of the series.

4 | How to Visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla

You could visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla when you visit the Mudejar palace complex. Tickets to the Royal Alcazar is available as part of a guided tour or if you wish to visit independently. The following information may be of value and in support of your plans to visit the Baths of Maria de Padilla in Sevilla

4.1 | Spain Travel Advice

Seville Spain 37.3891° N, 5.9845° W
Seville Spain
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4.2 | Essential Information on the Real Alcázar of Seville :

UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral, & General Archive of the Indies.

Where: Plaza del Triunfo

Nearest Metro station is Puerta de Jerez.

Phone: 954 50 23 24

http://www.alcazarsevilla.org/

Hours: Apr-Sept: 9:30 am to 7 pm | Oct-Mar: 9:30 am to 5 pm


4.3 | Essential Information you need to know before your visit:

Visitor capacity

The Palace has a maximum capacity of 750 visitors. When it is full, it is full! Waiting times can be extremely long during peak times. Avoid the queues, save time and book ahead your skip-the-line tickets.

Skip-the-Line Tickets:

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OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana

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Plaza Espana Seville | An Absurdly Wondrous Square

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A grandeur of Spanish architecture, the spectacular Plaza Espana Seville is a magically captivating sight with its lavishness which some may say, a little over-the-top for a set of government offices. Nevertheless, this is an absurdly wondrous square with ornate details and opulence at every step that may blow you away!

This post gives a brief overview, along with highlights, to ensure you do not miss anything, on this astounding place in Seville.

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A brief overview of Plaza Espana Seville

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Plaza Espana or Spain Square (in English) sits within the Parque de Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Park) in Seville, Spain. The most famous square in Seville is a prime example of the magnificence of Spanish architecture, encompassing Baroque, Renaissance and Moorish neo-elements. It covers an area of 200 metres in diametre. Some say its big enough to fit in five full size football pitches!

Designed by the Spanish architect Aníbal González, Plaza Espana Seville was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. The Exhibition encompassed other pavilions dotted around the Maria Luisa Park and was curated as a symbolic peace with Spain’s former American colonies.

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The Plaza Espana Seville is designed in a semi-circular shape. It is home to buildings, two towers, pretty mosaic benches, a large fountain, the Vicente Traver in the centre, encircled by a canal with bridges. The four bridges represent the four ancient kingdoms of SpainCastille, Aragon, Navarre and Leon.

This infamous Spain Square underwent extensive restoration between 2007 and 2010. Using photographs archived in the central library, the restoration team worked on pieces such as the ceramic streetlights, benches and the pavements. What you see today is an immensely grandiose square open to the public 7-days a week.


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What to see and do at Plaza Espana Seville

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1 | Home to central government offices

Along with the restoration project, the compelling semi-circular structure was renovated and adapted as the new home for the central government offices. Flanked by two towers, at either end which marks as landmarks for this fabulous square.

2 | Magnificent views

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This sumptuous building has a 1st floor terrace and a ground level atrium. The first floor terrace has an handrail and its balcony stretch along its full length.

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With easy access by grand staircases, you get to see the entire sweep of the semi-circular structure. The central balcony is absolutely magnificent. The balconies make an excellent spot for that memorable picture perfect photos.

3 | Beautiful provincial alcoves

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At the foot and following the wall of the semi-circular curve of the building, are fifty-two alcoves with benches. Each alcove represent one each of the Spanish provinces with a map. The alcoves are beautifully designed and decorated with Andalusia tiles, the famed Azulejos (painted ceramic tiles).

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These splendid alcoves are very popular photo spots especially with Spanish tourists who are only too happy to have their photographs taken on their home province’s bench.

4 | “Venice of Seville”

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Following the curve of the imposing structure is a 500-metre canal. The moat can be crossed over by any of its four-bridges, which represents the ancient kingdoms of Spain.

You can experience the Venice of Seville by renting small boats to navigate the canal. This is a popular tourist activity.

5 | Watch a flamenco dance

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The Square is very lively with street performers. You might hear the sounds of a lone performer playing a Spanish classical guitar coming from somewhere. If you are lucky, you will see the street performers doing an open-air Flamenco dancing. It is free but any contribution is highly welcomed.

6 | Just chill, read or people watch …

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Grab your spot on one of the beautifully curated provincial benches, bathe in the sultry sunshine or just chill over a soft ice-cream while people watching.

If you want moments to yourself or just to catch-up on some reading, grab one of the beautiful benches away from the crowds on the opposite side of the building. It is secluded, quiet and away from all the chatter.

7 | Take a ride

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While opinions may differ, for most, a horse and carriage ride is a must-do activity. Seville is popular for its horse and carriage rides. The Plaza Espana is usually the finishing or the starting point of a 45-minute ride around the city.

**Georgina: While we do not support and therefore did not embark on this experience, we respect that each is to their own. We share information only with a view to support your travel itinerary if you wish to include a horse and carriage ride.

8 | A famous filming location

Given its breathtaking architecture, it is no wonder that Plaza Espana Seville was used for several filming locations and a backdrop to a video set. Here are several which I discovered after my visit to Seville:

i | Lawrence of Arabia in 1962;

ii | Star Wars Series > Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in 2002;

iii | The Dictator (2012).

Was also used as a backdrop to the video of Simply Red’s song: “Something Got Me Started”

How to reach Plaza Espana Seville

Spain Square is located within the Maria Luisa Park, next to the pedestrianised Avenida Isabella La Catolica. You could access it via Teatro Lope de Vega and/or Fabrica de Tabaco.

Public transport – metro bus and tram are accessible via the nearest Prado de San Sebastian.


What to do in Seville?

There are so many activities and hidden gems in this city, just waiting to be explored. The following articles may provide a good guide to curate your itinerary:

Finally …

Rich architecture and colours feature heavily around the astounding Plaza Espana Seville. From provincial alcoves covered in Azulejos ceramics to ornate bridges also covered in Azulejos tiles. Blue, yellow, orange are all the prominent colours around the Plaza soothe by the waters of the canal – this is a place where one would either love it or hate it.

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Magnificent, fabulous, grandiose, absurdly wondrous and I am running out of superlatives to describe this place – I loved it here and wished I could have stayed longer. You can literally spend hours looking at the details of each of the ceramic alcoves. The entire Plaza Espana makes a perfect backdrop to any photos. I highly recommend the Spain Square in Seville as an attraction which must be visited. You will only take away wonderful memories and many incredible photos!

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Seville Spain
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OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana



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Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville | Best Guide to Where to Stay Eat and Things to do

Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville | Best Guide to Where to Stay Eat and Things to do

Stunning Seville, the rhythm of Andalusia celebrate a myriad of local customs, traditions, boundless energy and the marriage of spices in their salivating dishes. There is no better place to experience the Sevillanos passion than in the heartbeat of Seville, Barrio Santa Cruz.

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What to expect from this guide on Barrio Santa Cruz

Having wandered and wondered around the city for three days, exploring the thrills of the many labyrinth of alleys in the Old Jewish Quarter, in the backdrop of the flamenco dancing and the strumming of the guitar, amidst the chatter, laughter and the friendly neighbourhood vibe, I share the highly rated places to stay at Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville including the one I stayed in.

Also included in this best guide are 14 highlights of the very best things to do in this barrio Santa Cruz so you do not miss anything on the history, vibrancy and culture of this colourful city.

As the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is highly touristy, this guide offers suggestions on where to eat along with tips for enhanced experiences so you do not fall into the tourist traps.

Whether your visit is for one day, three days, a week or even longer, this best guide will help you choose where to stay at Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville, select places and things to do along with where to eat that best suits you like a breeze.

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1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Go for the best deal – Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Experience the culture of the Sevillanos – Tapas hopping tours

5 | Experience the passion and vibrancy of the time honoured Flamenco – Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana


Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville – Seville City Centre / Old Town / Old Jewish Quarter

Welcome to my guide on Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville, the best guide to where to stay, eat and the very best things to do.

Barrio Santa Cruz was the Parish of the Holy Cross and is the oldest part of the city of Seville. Located within the perimeter of the Roman city walls, the first settlement dates back to the 1st century , with a large Jewish community settling here after the Reconquista in late 1248. Thereafter, followed a period of dark history encapsulating deceit, destruction and the loss of many Jewish lives.

Today, Seville City Centre or Seville’s Old Town, also known as Barrio Santa Cruz was the old Jewish Quarter of Seville. This area is the heartbeat of Seville, ideally located to public transportation (not that you will need it) and is home to the most popular tourist attractions. Seville City Centre is the area around Seville’s Gothic wonder, the breathtaking spectacle of Mudejar palace, Plaza Nueva and El Arenal.

Santa Cruz is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods, in Seville. Encompassing white-washed houses, a labyrinth of narrow alleys of cobblestone, and charming Andalusian balconies. This is an area where you can wander for hours trying to decide which bar or restaurants to go to as each has its own appeal and warmth.

Staying anywhere in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood means you are only minutes away from the city’s historic attractions, the famous Bull Ring in Seville and dangerously close to Calle Sierpes, the heart of small business and a place where you can get anything you want. If you are looking to stay in Seville at the heart of the city, barrio Santa Cruz is the place to be.

While the Santa Cruz neighbourhood is splendid for a stay, the barrio is also one of Seville’s busiest and touristy neighbourhoods. Hence, the streets can be noisy at night if you are visiting Seville during the high season such as the summer months.

I | WHERE TO STAY IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Barrio Santa Cruz boasts a splendid collection of hotels and boutique accommodations, ranging from high-end to budget finds.

i | Luxury Hotels in Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | The historic and much desired Hotel Alfonso XIII

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Where to Stay in Seville | Hotel Alfonso XIII Seville
Hotel Alfonso XIII | Image: ©TTS photographer

2 | For luxury and a modern feel, stay at EME Catedral Mercer Hotel, Seville

3 | Hotel Colón Gran Meliá

Other luxury hotels to stay in Seville at Barrio Santa Cruz

Hotel Palacio De Villapanés

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla

ii | Mid-range hotels in Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | Hotel Casa 1800 Seville

2 | Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana

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Georgina: “We stayed at Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana in Seville. Ideally located to all attractions that were on our list, and a few blocks away from the tram station. It was quiet.”

3 | Hotel Las Casas de la Judería

Other mid-range accommodations in Barrio Santa Cruz

Puerta del Principe

Casa del Rey Sabio

iii | Budget accommodation at the edge of Barrio Santa Cruz

1 | Basic Hotel Puerta de Sevilla

2 | Hotel Murillo

II | WHAT TO DO IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Primary attractions and places to visit in Barrio Santa Cruz are:

1 | The Royal Palace Alcázar  — a palace complex and home to the most beautiful gardens, colourful ceramics and mind-blowing architecture.

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Courtyard of the Maidens | The Royal Alcazar Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

the majestic Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower | Image: ©TTS photographer

3 | Iglesia Colegial del Salvador — Church of the Divine Saviour at Plaza del Salvador is the second most important church in Seville following Seville Cathedral. Built on the site of a former mosque, the Salvador Church is filled with remarkable altarpieces in solid gold. Definitely worth a visit.

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Church of the Divine Saviour at Plaza del Salvador Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

Tip: Join a guided tour of Seville Cathedral and /or the Royal Alcazar.

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Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda

4 | Casa de Pilatos — besides the Alcázar, there is more insanely beautiful architecture in this well-preserved 16th century palace.

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gardens of Casa de Pilatos

5 | Archivo de Indias — the General Archive of the Indies along with the Alcázar and Seville Cathedral are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1987.

6 | Plaza Nueva  this is the central square in Seville and has a statue of King Ferdinand III of Castile. Everyone goes here! 🙂

7 | Jardines de Murillo — a serene park with a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus.


8 | Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes —  this building was a hospital for the priests in the 17th century. The most attractive part is the church with exquisite frescoes.

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Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes | Barrio Santa Cruz Seville

9 | Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija — Palace of Lebrija is another architecturally fascinating palace. Home to a beautiful collection of colourful mosaics ranging from ancient Greece to Roman times. An unmissable experience.

10 | Plaza del Cabildo — a lovely quiet semi-circular square to just enjoy… except on a Sunday when it is not so quiet. Stamp Collectors market takes place from very early in the morning till about lunchtime.

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11 | Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Plaza de Toros de Sevilla is an emblematic monument of Seville. Built in the 18th century, the bullfighting arena is the most important in Spain and can accommodate 13,000 spectators. Bullfighting takes place throughout the year but there are some days when the arena is open to the public for a visit. There is a museum that tells the story of the arena’s evolution and the bullfighting scene.

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Bull Ring in Seville | Barrio Santa Cruz in Seville

Georgina: I do not support bullfighting and would never pay to watch a live bullfighting event. I respect those who do as each is to our own. As many of you may already know, I love history and I always visit monuments and landmarks that tells a story of a nation’s culture. I visited this monument to learn of its story and to see for myself what an incredible arena it is. It is an incredible arena indeed!


12 | Experience the spirit and passion of Flamenco

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street performance of flamenco in Santa Cruz neighbourhood Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

When walking around Santa Cruz, you are sure to bump into an impromptu flamenco performance. These are pretty good to watch, in return for a small tip. Watch a short video below:

Flamenco street performance in Santa Cruz, Seville

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13 | Walk around Barrio Santa Cruz

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Al Arenal Seville | Image: ©TTS photographer

… explore the winding and narrow alleyways unhurriedly – the mysterious cobblestone paths are both romantic and intoxicating with its bright, bold colours along with the white-washed walls. The architecture is delightful showcasing a varied of cultures with a unifying trait – conquest, and so many conquests! You can see that the Romans were here, the Visigoths, the Moors, the Castilians and the Spanish Empire.

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While exploring the labyrinth of barrio Santa Cruz, go also in search of Calle de los Besos (Street of Kisses) – the narrowest street in the city.

Georgina: We were out late on both nights and it was kinda nice to see the Cathedral glow against the night skies, with not many people around.

14 | Horse-drawn carriage ride

This appeared to be a popular activity among tourists but we did not participate in this activity. If you wish to, learn more about a horse-drawn carriage ride and what it entails here.


III | WHERE & WHAT TO EAT IN BARRIO SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz neighbourhood is a great place to try any and all of Seville authentic food — seafood, tapas and drinks.

While Vineria San Telmo is highly recommended and rightly so for their exquisite dishes, Lobo López is a restaurant I would return to in a hearbeat for its natural and relaxed feel. Both were excellent.

Vineria San Telmo —  Paseo Catalina de Ribera, 4 41004 Sevilla

Lobo López — C. Rosario, 15, 41001 Seville, Spain

For traditional tapas, try Casa Morales > Garcia Vinuesa 11, Seville. Two minutes from Seville Cathedral.

While Seville’s most popular eating spots serve tapas and cañas, you must not leave town without trying Seville’s Spanish ham! This is no ordinary lunch meat ham bought off the shelf, for sure. Once you try, you will want to try again.

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Jamón Ibérico — Iberian ham

The traditional ham is the celebrated Jamón Ibérico — Iberian ham, cured to perfection over years at a time. For the best in Central Seville, go to Flores Gourmet.

Flores Gourmet: Calle San Pablo 24 | Centro, 41001 Seville, Spain

Experience an Evening of Tapas in Seville – Avoid the tourist traps and join a guided tour of the most emblematic of the tapas bars.



IV | HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR VISIT TO SANTA CRUZ, SEVILLE

Seville is a small city and compact. The best way to explore the city is by foot. I can assure you, public transport is not needed at all when visiting the barrio Santa Cruz and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes.

However, if you do wish to experience the public transport in Seville, the Tram (Metro Centro) is the best option. It is a 1.4 kilometre line that runs through the centre of Seville. The Centro Tram line connects Plaza Nueva to Seville Cathedral, with stops at Archivo de Indias, Puerta de Jerez, San Sebastian and San Bernardo.

While exploring the city centre independently is encouraged and easily done, your visit to Seville is significantly enhanced if you join a guided tour. A knowledgeable guide who knows exactly where to take you for the best tapas, best dining, best bodegas, best Jamón Ibérico and for the best stories ever told.


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