Seville in 4 days
Cute, small hotel with inner courtyard. Rooms were nicely decorated but small. Located in the heart of Seville on a small street. Our room faced the back and there was noise in the middle of the night from garbage trucks. Breakfast is a good start to the day.
Guides and Tours
Carmen Flores - Private three-hour waking tour. Booked through Really Discover (Luis and David are the owners). Carmen was a lovely local guide who grew up and lives in Cordoba. Very knowledgeable.
Cost: 146 Euros
Phone: +34 639 713 679
Margarita Ortiz de Landazuri - Private 2.5-hour walking tour of the Alhambra. Highly recommended.
Cost: 130 Euros
Phone: +34 687 361 988
Veneria San Telmo - this was our favourite restaurant in Seville and we went back there a couple of times. It had modern tapas and regular portions as well.
Restauarant Sevilla - This restaurant in Plaza Nueva is known for its delicious paella.
Address: Calle Oficios, 12
Real Alcazar. This a beautiful Moorish palace with spectacular tile work. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
Alhambra. This spectacular Moorish palace and fortress is a must see, including the beautiful gardens. Special note: I ordered the tickets well in advance. As soon as you know when you will be in Granada order the tickets as there are very limited tickets each day. It gets very hot in the summer so it's best to tour in the morning. I would recommend staying in Granada overnight so you can get an early start.
Seville, Cordoba and Granada
The southern towns of Spain are like little jewels with cobblestone alleys that we loved exploring. They have so much history, it's fascinating. We stayed in Seville as our home base and went on day trips to Cordoba and Granada.
We took a high-speed train from Madrid to Seville which took about 2.5 hours. Very convenient and easy.
We checked into El Rey Moro Hotel in Seville. This is a small, sweet hotel in the heart of the town.
We did a tour inside the Real Alcazar. This a beautiful Moorish palace with spectacular tile work. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe.
We went for dinner and then to a Flamenco show at the Casa de la Guitarra which was amazing. The guitarist, singer and dancer were so talented. This is a very small venue with about 30 seats. We bought the tickets in the afternoon. Highly recommended.
Day trip to Cordoba
We took a half hour train to Cordoba where we met our local, private guide, Carmen Flores booked through Really Discover, in front of the Hotel Maimonides. Carmen took us on a wonderful tour of Cordoba which included the famous Mosque-Cathedral, which is an old Mosque that was converted into a Church. It is very beautiful. As well, we toured the old Jewish quarter and she explained the history of Cordoba.
Lunch in Cordoba and then we took the train back to Seville.
Once back in Seville we went into the Cathedral which is the largest Gothic cathedral and third largest church in the world. It's very large and ornate inside. After that we wandered around and explored the small streets and alleys.
We ate dinner at Veneria San Telmo which was delicious.
Day trip to Granada
We took a bus from Seville to Granada. This is around a 3-hour bus ride.
We met our private guide Margarita Ortiz de Landazuri at the ticket office in Alhambra. She took us on a 3-hour walking tour inside this spectacular Moorish palace and fortress. It is very beautiful - a must see, including the spectacular gardens.
Special note: I ordered the tickets well in advance. As soon as you know when you will be in Granada order the tickets as there are very limited tickets each day. It gets very hot in the summer so if you can time it, it's best to tour in the morning. I would recommend staying in Granada overnight so you can get an early start.
We ate a late lunch at Restaurante Sevilla in Plaza Nueva. This restaurant is known for its Paella and it is delicious.
We took a train back to Seville - approximately three hours.
We took a free walking tour of Seville. This was interesting and perhaps would have been more useful at the beginning of our stay in Seville. We enjoyed it and it was a nice way to end our visit in this lovely town.
We departed the hotel and flew to Barcelona. For ideas of things to do in Barcelona see my Barcelona itinerary in 5 days.
Including Cordoba and Granada
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