Last weekend I’ve been to Seville for a girls weekend. The only thing I can say about it is that we truly had an amazing time. We were 7 girls and totally enjoyed ourselves. I’ve never been to Seville before and that’s a shame now that I know what a beautiful city it is. It’s very affordable too. So if you want to do a short trip with your girls on a budget Seville is your choice! I especially would recommend a trip in fall or winter because the weather is just great. We had around 30 degrees for the whole trip – a great change to the cold weather in Germany. As we rented a house on Airbnb I can’t tell you anything about hotels but I will give you some hints what you shouldn’t miss at your weekend in Seville. Of course we couldn’t see everything of the city in four days and I don’t consider these things universal but we had so much fun that I would do those again when I go back. If you have some other things someone shouldn’t miss I would love to read your comment about it!
A private boat trip
We hired a private boat for a river cruise on the second day and it was marvelous. We booked it with drinks of course and we even extended our booked time by another hour because we enjoyed it so much. The river passing Seville is the Guadalquivir. It’s the fifth longest river in the Iberian peninsula and the second longest river with its entire length in Spain. This is something you should really do while staying in Seville!
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The Old Town of Seville is the third largest in Europe with an area of 4 square kilometres (2 sq mi) and it contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. We visited the first two and they’re really impressive. The architecture is magnificent. Actually I dragged my girls to do some sightseeing because I love old places. The architecture of cathedrals and castles is just one of a kind and defiantly gone. No one would create buildings like that anymore. Well, I already loved old churches as a kid and I am still fascinated by them. If you’re interested in history and architecture like me you should defiantly take some time and explore everything. It probably takes about a day.
The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It is also the largest cathedral in the world, as the two larger churches, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St Peter’s Basilica, are not the seats of bishops. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Alcázar palace complex. After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.
Admire the Plaza de España
The Plaza de España is located in the Parque de María Luisa built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture and was designed by Aníbal González. He combined a mix of 1920s Art Deco and ‘mock Mudejar’, and Neo-Mudéjar styles. The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the centre is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. I just loved those alcoves. They’re absolutely beautiful and one of a kind. We really couldn’t stop admiring them. And you probably know it from different movies. It has been used as a filming location, including scenes for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia or the Star Wars series — Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) — in which it featured in exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo. You should always know some nerd facts when you travel 😉
Walk the city at night and eat Paella
At night Seville might be even more beautiful than during the day. The Old Town with its fancy architecture is so pretty at night. We really enjoyed walking around an exploring it. You can stop wherever you like and get some Sangria or wine but what you really need to do is eat classic paella. Paella is a rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near the Albufera lagoon, a coastal lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish. Types of paella include Valencian paella, vegetarian/vegan paella, seafood paella and mixed paella, but there are many others as well. We ordered the mixed version because it’s awesome! I also really like seafood paella too but of course that’s not for everyone. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of land animals, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. It comes in a big pan and everybody can just help himself. It’s a very social dish 😉
For really good paella I would recommend the restaurant Albarama. It’s a bit more expensive as the average in Seville but it’s worth it! We had tapas first and paella afterwards. So delicious! We had dinner at several places but this restaurant was the best. For a budget lunch with really good tapas I would recommend flores Gourmet. It was close to our house and we found it by accident but the food and wine selection is really decent.
Party at night
What would girls weekend be without some party? Not a true one 😉 We were lucky someone recommended Bilindo to us. It’s an awesome club mainly Spanish people go too. So I guess it’s kind of authentic. The location is great because it’s open air and the design concept is contemporary. We partied all night here and met so many local people who were totally friendly and open minded. If you’re looking for a good party place in Seville this is it!