Sevilla is the Disneyland of Spain, a fantasyland of matadors, flamenco dancers and otherwise outgoing people who enjoy singing and dancing in the streets and reveling in all that is the best of Spain.
At least that’s how it seemed to us on our recent #Photowalk visit to the city in the South, the capital of Andalusia.
It is the land of Carmen, Don Juan and that notorious barber, the inspiration for over 100 operas and birthplace of flamenco. (Clap your hands everyone!)
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This here is our companion, with a suggested map itinerary of the sites you’ll want to see and remember in photos. If you start at the Cathedral and do a loop through the top spots, without stopping, it’s an hour and 44 minute walk. More realistic, however, is 8 or so hours, once you factor in the rest stops, tapas and the like.
We’ll experience historic monuments, an old palace that dates back to the year 900, great overlooks, river walks and those crazy, narrow streets. In other words, a photographer’s paradise. Follow along.
Catedral de Sevilla Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004
The center of Sevilla — everything congregates around it. Even if you’re not into churches, you can marvel at the architecture of the building that dates back to 1401. No need to go in, just admire the outside view.
Royal Alcazar, Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004
One of the oldest palaces in Europe, built in the 10th century. It’s quite the spread, and no one comes to Sevilla without stopping by. Your best photo spots are within the castle and the outside gardens. Pro tip: when we were there, we heard of people standing on line as long as five hours just to buy tickets to get in. But you don’t have to. Buy the tickets online or at one of the local tour shops, and you can waltz right in.
La Giralda Avenida de la Constitución, s/n – apartado de correos 61
A second tower, built in 1568, with 24 bells that you’ll be hearing every hour. Looks best at night.
Santa Cruz Barrio
The heart and soul of Sevilla, where all roads will lead you back to the Cathedral, and side streets will take you to Carmen’s balcony and the former Jewish quarter of the medieval city. Plan to lose yourself exploring the narrow sidewalks, dodging the cars, and partaking in the many, many tapas bars that line the streets. The highlight of any Sevilla trip and photo tour.
Torre del Oro Paseo de Cristobal Colon
Another really old tower, (from the 13th century) that’s worth bringing your camera to. For 3 Euros or so, you can climb up the stairs and get a great overhead view of old Sevilla from one side, and the Triana district on the other side of the river.
Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza Paseo de Cristóbal Colón, 12, 41001
One of the oldest bullrings in the world, even if you don’t have the nerve to suffer through watching a matador kill an innocent bull, you can always stop in for a tour of the 12,000 capacity arena. It was built in the 1700s. I decided to spring for 20 euros to see the fight, so I could get up close and personal with a matador. And I’m glad I did!
Puente San Telmo
This is the name of the bridge that takes you to the Triana district, home to some of the oldest tapas bars in the city, and many great ceramic shops. The guys below were photographed in Triana.
El Rinconcillo Calle Gerona, 40, 41003
This is the oldest tapas bar in Sevilla, circa 1670, and a great place to relax. As in most tapas bars, you’ll be enjoying the view under hanging legs of jamon, Our favorites: the potatoes brava and Padron peppers.
Don’t forget that your best exploring is down those wild and crazy streets of Sevilla. Have fun!
Also be sure to check out our Photowalk Companion for Madrid, in central Spain.