With less than 24 hours in Sevilla (I only reached the city around noon), let me share with you what you can accomplished within this short period in time. I’m thinking of doing this 24 hours series in the different cities I visited, either as a day trip or because I only had 24 hours in them. So here’s hoping this would be a useful guide if you wish to drop by any of these cities and maximise your limited time in them. Unlike the route from Sevilla-Granda which was decorated with sunflowers, the reverse direction took across poppy (?) fields and christmas tree-like plantations. It was a long bus journey (~6 hours) as we traversed across the different parts of Spain to finally arrive back in Sevilla.
Once we landed, food was naturally of utmost importance before we even attempt to begin the long walk to the accommodation. Head down to La Paella for an affordable paella meal. Serving a few different types of paella at €5/individual plate, the rice was flavourful and the portion was just right. Here’s the paella valencia, which was cooked with chicken and vegetables. This is an alternative to the typical paella served with seafood if you (like me), are allergic to prawns and you still want to give paella a try. It’s definitely a dish you wouldn’t want to miss when you’re in Spain! I definitely regretted not having paella for a second time before leaving Spain, but this just gives me more reason to re-visit this country in the future 🙂
La Paella address: Calle Albuera 11, 41001 Seville, Spain
En route to our hostel, the wheel of my luggage got tangled up in a stringy mess. This begun a mini-op to get rid of it in front of a carpark because I was having difficulties dragging my luggage. It literally felt heavier and heavier with each pull. After semi-rescuing it and praying hard my luggage don’t die on me, we continued on and settled into the hostel where I did my laundry and we settled the online check-in stuff needed for out next Ryan air flight out to Berlin. I would highly highly recommend this hostel if you’re looking for a cheap and comfortable alternative. It has all the facilities you need (at an affordable price) that makes your stay so much more comfortable. Furthermore, the receptionist all speak wonderful English and this place is well-situated (~5 mins walk) from the main attractions.
Sevilla Inn Backpackers Hostel: Calle Ángeles, 11, 41004 Sevilla, España
While waiting for the dryer to complete its turn, we roamed the streets to pass the time. Yellow and white buildings are an iconic feature in Sevilla. It was painted in this manner because the sand used in bullrings originated from this city.
We visited Terre del Oro, a military watchtower, before heading back to the hostel to collect my laundry load. The entrance fee will cover a museum within its structure and you can get a pretty nice view of the Guadalquivir river bank, but it isn’t an attraction I would recommend entering unless you’re really keen on it.
Horses, horse poop and more horses. Sevilla is literally littered with them! You really need to watch your next step so you don’t end up stepping in a poop or a freshly washed puddle of poop-covered floor.
The Sevilla cathedral, which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world, was constructed to demonstrate the city’s wealth.
The alcázar, where I had a bit of mishap with my wallet at the ticket counter (the zip broke and all the coins flew all over the place -.-). But this place is HUGE! Aside from the palace, there’s the garden ground which was beautiful. You can easily spend at least 2 hours wandering here.
Thereafter, we headed to plaza de toros, where they had a tour of the bullring grounds and museums. It’s a highly fascinating tour, where you understand a bit more about the history of bull fighting, the evolvement of the entire process and how certain bulls are released for breeding even after they were brought into the ring for the bull fight. It’s one tour I would recommend visiting if you’re sick of the typical museums. Although at €16/pax, I would have to think twice about it, haha.
Plaza de Toros – Entrance fee: Students (€8), Adults (€16)
The place where the bulls were kept in waiting before they were brought out to the ring.
Here’s a mini prayer ground for the bull fighters to pray for their safety before heading out
The place where the horses were kept, which was separate from the bulls.
After the tour, I grabbed a brown pistachio flavoured gelato (my first one!) from la albuela for €2. They were really generous with the serving and the gelato was fantastic, rich but not too sweet. After that we struggled to find the supermarket and ended up ‘stalking’ two peeps from our hostel who were headed to the supermarket and we got lost on our way back.
La Albuela: Calle Larana, 10, Seville, Spain
But, we managed to find our way and eventually arrived at La Casa del Flamenco just in time for our pre-book show timing. It was a passionate performance by the team and an interesting sight to see. Although, I honestly didn’t know what the entire thing was about and almost dozed off because there was this period where only the guitarist was playing and no one was dancing. But overall, it was an entertaining performance, and something I would encourage people to see when in Spain. ‘Till the next post, bye!
La Casa del Flamenco: Ximénez de Enciso, 28. 41004 Sevilla. Entrance fee: €18