Since we first moved to Spain back in October I’ve been longing to visit Seville. I’d read and heard so much about it and so I wanted to see it for myself . We finally managed to get there for a long weekend and it was worth the wait. Spain has so much beauty and so many incredible cities, but this one for me is now probably my favourite (apart from Madrid of course)
We took the high-speed train from Madrid which took around 2 1/2 hours. The train is so smooth and so roomy it’s such an easy way to travel especially with children. Lila had room to play on her fold down tray – the play doh and lego were out in force, (then the iPad obvs) & the time passed by quickly. Before we knew it we had arrived.
Rather than stay right in the thick of it, we decided to stay at the Barcelo Sevilla Renacimiento Hotel (find on insta @barcelosevillarenacimiento ) which also had a swimming pool and was only a quick 10 minute cab ride into the centre of town. We always use Uber but they had a taxi rank outside too. As we were only here for a short time we booked a suite so we had the chance to close off once we put Lila to bed. She’s definitely not on Spanish time and still sticking to her UK bedtimes. The room was glorious and also had an outside patio area with a hot tub/Jacuzzi (we watched Love Island out there on the laptop – the ROMANCE!) . There is also a kids club every day, which we used once for an hour – as the rest of the time we were busy. What’s not to love. Was kind of hard to tear ourselves away from the room but we definitely did and it was worth it.
After a good nights sleep we were up and out early to head to the Real Alcazar. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (as you know I am) they filmed scenes here for the kingdom of Dorne. So I was already giddy with excitement at the thought of seeing this beauty for myself. I wasn’t disappointed.
I literally could have taken 1000 pictures it was breathtaking. Possibly the most beautiful place I have ever been to I really cannot express enough how much you must go here if you visit Seville. We didn’t buy tickets in advance but we did get there for opening, the queues had already formed but they moved very quickly so don’t be put off.
I honestly could have spent much longer there but as we had our four-year-old daughter with us we couldn’t. We left and headed for a wander around town and to find some lunch. We had the most wonderful Tapas and Paella before we headed back to the hotel for some afternoon sun.
Day 2 we set off out early again this time to the plaza de Espana. We go early to avoid the intense heat & the crowds to be honest. I’ve seen So many Pinterest images of the plaza de Espana in Seville, it really is a sight to see. It was like another world, from the flamenco dancers and horses & carriages riding around the square, tiled bridges, the boats on the water, the incredible tiled dedications to Spanish cities, the Fountain & of course the majestic Spanish architecture.
We then moved on for lunch, just a short walk away we found streets lined with bustling tapas bars & restaurants, we feasted on paella, Spanish tomato’s & cerveza in the shade to cool down in the afternoon heat. Try Calle Mateos Gago & close to the cathedral there are many gorgeous restaurants also.
All in all I cant recommend Seville, or Sevilla as we call it (living here) enough. I really felt like there was so much more to see, we factor in having a small child who actually loves ‘adventuring’ as she calls it, but that’s because we know when to call it a day for her & make sure there’s plenty of child friendly activities in the days too. We will definitely be back and I can’t wait.
Thanks for reading,
The SummerMama Xx