Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

We’ve arrived to Malaga from Dusseldorf.

Rented a car at economycarrentals.com, we got this beauty with automatic gearbox. The car costed 175 EUR for 10 days with additional 80 EUR for full tank of gas.

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We booked a hotel in Seville for one night at Sevilla Center Hotel for 75 EUR. The hotel was in the city center and was very decent. In the price was included swimming pool and SPA with Jacuzzi. Underground parking in the hotel for one and a half days supposed to cost 23 EUR, but the paying machine wasn't working and the girl on reception gave us a discount, so it only cost us 15 EUR.

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View from our room.

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Swimming pool. The weather was quite chilling so we didn’t swim.

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After checking into hotel and relaxing in jacuzzi we went for a lunch to a local restaurant close to our hotel - Mesón Guadalquivir. It had good reviews on Tripadvisor, and as it turned our it was really good indeed. Lunch for two with drinks cost us 35 EUR.

Croquettes.

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Jamon Iberico.

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Shrimp stuffed mushrooms.

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Grilled salmon with guacamole.

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After lunch we went to the historical city center.

Park near to the hotel.

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Old artillery factory.

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Oranges are growing right on the streets. Later we tried one and it turned out to be bitter as hell :)

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Streets.

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Someone’s inner yard.

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Someone’s house.

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There are a lot of such small squares on the crossings of several streets. Most of the streets are pedestrian only.

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Hiralda Tower, symbol of the city.

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Entrance to Alkazar - our goal for today. Unfortunately it was closing in 40 minutes and you need good 2-3 hours to visit it. So we decided to come back next day and just went strolling around the city.

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Seville Cathedral - the biggest catholic cathedral in Spain and third in the world.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII. It’s a bit pricey.

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We went to Square of Spain in Maria Luise park. The whole complex was built for Iberico-American exhebition in 1929. Nowadays city hall and museums are located here. Also here was filmed Star Wars - Clone Wars.

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The square is surrounded with a channel in which you can ride in a boat. Even though it was +30C degrees outside, there were a lot of people paddling.

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Panoramic view.

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Rainbow in the fountain.

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People are riding in such bikes. There’s even a 4-seater option.

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Even riding in carrieges.

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Bridge over the channel.

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View from the balcony.

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Then we went for a walk to Maria Luise park.

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The park is big and a bit crowded.

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Waterfall.

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Trees are blooming.

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Turned out that the day we visited Seville was one of the biggest local holidays - Semana Santa de Sevilla. The Holly Week. The whole city gathers in the center and runs strange processions on religious thematic.

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Platforms with statues are carried on the streets, everybody’s trying to touch them.

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The crowd is giant and the procession is going around the cathedral in circles. So we got locked down inside the circle - it was not possible to get out of the central district. We had to wait in the bar until it's over :)

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In the evening the procession finished and people went celebrating.

Cathedral at night.

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Next day we went to Alkazar.
The city has a lot of trams and buses running, but we didn't use them because everything was close to our hotel and we just walked.

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On the way to ALkazar.

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Oranges again.

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Alkazar’s walls and street.

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Restaurants on the streets.

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Plates are interesting.

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Everywhere on the streets on the walls hanging some icons and crossings.

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On the square near the cathedral you can ride on horses. The price is 50 EUR, we decided to skip.

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Finally we got into Alkazar. Originally it was Moors castle, later it was an Arab stronghold and somewhere in 13th century Spaniards took it to themselves and use it as royal residence. The castle and it's castles take up around 3 ga territory. Entrance fee is 9 EUR.
Also here was filmed 5th season of Game of Thrones - Dorn was here.

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And it has ceramics museum.

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Stairways in Upper Palace - King’s residence in Seville.

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Floors are made of stones, handwork.

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Fish swimming in the pond asking for food.

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Mudaher architecture.

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Castle’s halls.

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Great celling.

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Rood made of glass.

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Then we went to the park. It’s enormous :)

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What a castle park would be without a labyrinth?
It’s really possible to get lost in here :)

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King’s Philip V gazebo.

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The flowers are blooming.

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Oranges jungle.

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Queen’s bathrooms. Was built underground to keep comfortable temperature in the summer.

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Exit. That’s the end!

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