Seville and Eros Ramazzotti !

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Seville

It’s been over 1.5 months since I last wrote my post about Brazil, so it’s time for a new article. But there’s a small problem; due to various circumstances, I’m currently more housebound, so the chances of new “adventures” are a bit smaller. One of those circumstances is that my dearest and most loyal four-legged friend is very sick. I’m trying to spend as much time with him at home as possible, so I have some time to write and clear my mind. How will we solve this? Let’s dive back into that “old” box… We’re going to Spain, to the beautiful Seville.

Seville, an enchanting city in southern Spain, in the region of Andalusia. This city is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking architecture, and together we’re going to explore a bit of all that beauty.

Eros Ramazzotti

Just over a year ago, I was in Seville for the premiere of Eros Ramazzotti’s world tour concert. Those who have been following me for a while may already know this, but I’m a huge fan of Eros. He’s even one of the main reasons I started learning Italian, so I could understand the lyrics of his songs. So you can understand how much I was looking forward to this!

This time, I decide to take the bus to Seville because I don’t need a car in the city, and it’s just an obstacle because parking is difficult and expensive. I want to share this information with you because for those visiting the Algarve (or living here 😊) and wanting to visit Seville, I recommend taking the bus. I go with the well-known FlixBus and decide to depart from Faro because I can easily park at the airport there, and the bus stops next to the parking lot. A one-way ticket costs between €16.00 and €35.00, depending on the time, and it takes a little over 2.5 hours to reach the center of Seville.

So, come along with me!

I arrive in the center of Seville at around 3:00 PM, and it turns out that my hotel is only about a 10-minute walk from the bus station. The “Petite Palace Puerta de Triana” hotel is just fine, with a cozy and comfortable room and a super central location. I paid €99.00 last year, but of course, it may be different now…

Plaza del Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria

The concert doesn’t start until 9:30 PM, so there’s plenty of time for a stroll through the city and a bite to eat. But first, let’s find out where the “Plaza del Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria” is located. Yes, it’s quite a mouthful for the famous bullring where bullfights are held. I’m not a fan of bullfights, to put it mildly, but for Eros, I’m willing to enter this arena 😉

And to be fair, if you’re ever in this beautiful city, it’s a good idea to visit this beautiful arena. This iconic arena is not only the home of famous Spanish bullfights but also a piece of living history, a place full of Spanish passion and tradition. Its history dates back to 1761, and it’s also an architectural masterpiece.

The arena is also just a stone’s throw from the hotel, so everything is under control, and there’s plenty of time to wander through this wonderful city once again. Even though I’ve been here several times before, this city continues to fascinate me.

La Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede

As you stroll through the charming streets of Seville, you can’t miss it: the majestic Seville Cathedral, or “La Catedral de Santa María de la Sede.” This magnificent cathedral is not only a religious icon but also an architectural wonder. The Gothic facade rises impressively and forms a beautiful silhouette against the clear Spanish sky. It’s hard not to be impressed by the detailed decorations and the grandeur of this religious monument.

What I love about Seville is that it’s a big mix of Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures, which means you’re in for one surprise after another. And all those surprises make me hungry, so it’s time for a snack. A restaurant is out of the question at this time because Spaniards eat very late, but there’s always a cozy Bodega to be found for a cold beer and delicious tapas.

Tapas

I settle down on the terrace of a small Bodega and ask the friendly waiter to bring me a beer and a selection of tapas of his choice. Naturally, he brings me the delicious “Jamon Iberico” (smoked ham), a piece of Tortilla, Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp), and Calamares a la Romana (fried squid). It’s all equally delicious!

Eros

Well, then it’s time for Eros! It’s the premiere, and I’m super curious about his new songs. What an unforgettable evening it turns out to be, one that will be surpassed a few months later in Lisbon 🤗.

 

Plaza de España

The next day, my bus departs at 4:00 PM back to the Algarve, so there’s plenty of time for more Seville. Let’s go to the “Plaza de España,” which I consider the most beautiful attraction in this city. It’s a place where magic and architecture come together. No matter how many times you come here, the beauty of this place continues to fascinate you. The Plaza with its buildings was built in 1929 in honour of the Ibero-American exhibition EXPO29.

As you walk along the imposing main facade, you’ll pass colourful tile panels representing all the provinces of Spain with their different cultures, traditions, and history.

This is not the only colourful ceramic you’ll find on the plaza; even the benches, railings, and more are covered with this beautiful art.

 

When I walk here, it feels like I’m in a fairy tale world, which is probably why my favorite movie, “Lawrence of Arabia,” was filmed here.

Flamenco

And then there’s Flamenco! Seville is one of the main centers for this passionate music and dance art form. Flamenco has a long history and originated from the fusion of various cultures that influenced Andalusia, including the Moorish, Jewish, and Gypsy communities.

As I stroll here, I’m treated to a Flamenco performance that makes my heart beat faster. If you don’t have this luck, you can visit one of the famous Flamenco clubs in the Triana district.

Barrio Santa Cruz

I keep walking through the charming streets of Seville, and of course, you can’t skip the Barrio Santa Cruz. This originally Jewish neighborhood is a labyrinth of picturesque streets and alleys. The Barrio Santa Cruz has a bohemian and romantic atmosphere, perfect for wandering and getting lost in the narrow streets. It’s dotted with tapas bars, restaurants, and shops where you can enjoy the local cuisine and buy souvenirs.

Yes, I could go on for hours because there’s so much to see in this breathtaking city, but that’s probably a bit much, so I’ll finish with a few other icons…

Capilla de Carmen

The Capilla de Carmen is located in the Barrio Santa Cruz district, in the heart of the historic center of Seville. It’s on Calle Santa Teresa, near Plaza de los Venerables and within walking distance of Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar Palace. Take a moment to visit it; the chapel can be toured.

Hotel Alfonso XIII

The Hotel Alfonso XIII was originally built for the wedding of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia in 1928. The hotel was officially opened in 1929 and has since had a rich history of hosting celebrities, politicians, and royal guests. I wonder if Eros stayed here?

Las Setas de Sevilla

And finally, to wrap up, “Las Setas de Sevilla,” translated as the mushrooms of Seville. It’s also called the “Metropol Parasol” because the artwork looks like a set of six umbrellas. It’s remarkable to see this beautiful modern architecture in a city known for its historical buildings.

 

Now we’re already 2.5 months further… unfortunately, my dear, loyal dog has passed away, and as a result, I lacked inspiration for a while. But I am back!

Hasta Pronto! 

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