Driving around Andalucia part 1 // Seville

Andalucia Seville Oranges Giralda

The stunning Giralda and sweet orange trees sunbathing on a warm December day in Seville

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede and the Patio de los Naranjos

From our hotel it was a pleasant 10 minute walk along the Guadalquiver River to the centre of Seville. After our coffees at Starbucks we decided to visit the richly decorated Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. Its abundance of art treasures and beauty was astouding. We followed the crowd and climbed the Giralda. This 11th century mosques minaret was converted to form the exquisite bell tower of the Cathedral. It has no stairs, but 34 gently sloping ramps that lead up to a splendid panoramic view of Seville. We finished our visit in the Patio de los Naranjos. The courtyard with 66 orange-heavy trees is a small oasis of peace within the city. It was the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying a sunny December day in Andalucia.

 

Alcázar, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe

The Alcázar of Seville is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. It was truly amazing to stroll through the Moorish fort, the royal palace and the gardens, and to admire the medieval Islamic architectural designs, like the colourful mosaics and plaster work. The royal palace is with no doubt one of the history’s architectural highlights in Europe.

 

Photographs of the Alcázar and the Cathedral of Seville // Andalucia © Irèn Nooren // Memento Vivi

Have you ever been to Seville?

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More travel photography by Memento Vivi // Irèn Nooren

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