I know I haven’t blogged in forever but I am getting ready to play catch up and in doing so my first post after my long hiatus will be dedicated to my favorite show.
So pretty much everyone knows that season 6 of Game of Thrones airs tonight, it is probably the most anticipated season the show has ever had, I mean let’s be serious who doesn’t want to know whether or not Jon Snow lives? What may you ask does this have to do with my trip to Seville? Well to all you die hard fans out there, you already know the answer but to those who don’t know, part of the show is filmed in the south of Spain. Remember the beautiful Water Gardens of Dorne, well it’s actually better known as the Real Alcázar of Seville. You know that may have been the deciding factor for my move to Spain (haha just kidding). But of course I could NOT pass up the opportunity to visit the Alcázar and I’m so thankful I took this trip because I found out something very special while I was there.
Seville is located in the south of Spain, this region is more commonly known as Andalusia. The climate here is pretty warm all year round except for the brutal summers, I’m talking about deserted streets. It is not hard to enjoy the city, we barely planned our trip (which is not usually like me). I think that sometimes its better that way, less organized.. you get to lose yourself in the city and see things that you otherwise may miss because you stayed on the guided path.
I have always been intrigued by Andalusia, there is just something about the culture there that seems so exotic to me. Throughout the region you can still see the history reflected in the lifestyle, architecture and cuisine. Long ago the Moors took control over Andalusia and occupied it for almost 800 years. Their influence would forever shape the culture in the south of Spain and even produce some of the world’s most beautiful monuments as well as most visited.
When we arrived and the weather was perfect, not to hot and not to cold. We set out in search of the Alcázar and let me be the first to tell you, it is NOT easy to find (even with a map -__-). Funny enough we happened to stumble upon a bunch of different monuments and tourist attractions without even realizing it. Unfortunately I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked to. After we spent some time wandering around and asking for directions, we finally asked someone who knew where it was located. Victory! Once we turned the corner near the main cathedral we saw everyone waiting to enter and joined the queue. The entrance fee wasn’t too pricey, it’s about 10 euros or if you’re a student under 25 its 2 euros but its free for Seville residents which is a great because who wouldn’t want to take a daily stroll through the garden and see the peacocks.
I loved everything about the Alcazar and the gardens, it was so magical and the entire time I was exploring I kept picturing scenes from GoT. Thanks to the popularity of the show tourism has grown ever since the location was added. People come from all over to see the gardens and we even saw a couple taking their wedding photos here!
I ate some great food in Seville and hands down had the BEST chocolate con churros in all of Spain, of course in my opinion. Chocolate con churros is a typical Spanish dessert that is a must when you visit Spain. On the other hand, I am not the biggest fan of chocolate but with that said I would go back to Seville just to for this dessert. If you can’t already tell I haven’t found any worth comparing to in Madrid. So if you do have a sweet tooth my recommendation is to go by the first bridge, Puente de Isabel II and you’ll see on the side a churro stand.. you’ll thank me later. There were definitely a lot of options when it comes to eating out but I have to say that my favorite restaurant was right next to the Metrosol. Eating at the Metrosol is great because you can see a spectacular view of the city for 2 euros and then enjoy some yummy Andalusian dishes. Here are a few names of places I loved TapaOle, Al Solito Posto and Albarama.
While I was in Seville I had plans to meet up with a friend of mine but unfortunately we didn’t get to see each other. She did however end up showing me something that left me in complete awe. Let me explain, you see I have a very unusual last name (Guardamino) it has actually always made me question – where does this name come from? One, because it is not the typical Latino last name you would normally hear and two, people usually assume it is Italian. Well finally there is an answer to my question. For hundreds of years (or who knows how long) people have wandered the streets of Seville seeing my last name. Calle Guardamino is about a 5 minute walk from the Metrosol. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this picture, I didn’t stumble upon this street but I was so happy that my friend did, thanks Chava! Overall I loved my time in Seville and to anyone who is thinking about going trust me you won’t regret it! Sevilla definitely has a special place in my heart but until next time.