European travel and lifestyle
There's a world of wonders to discover in Seville and - for anyone with an Instagram penchant - around 5 million photos to take during your trip there.
Plenty of corners around the city are photo-worthy, but only a few will give you the picture perfect factor you crave. Don’t waste precious churro-eating time trying to find them. I’ve scoped out the best spots for cityscape wowzers so you don’t have to!
Barcelona has Gaudí, Madrid has Goya, and Seville has six giant wooden mushrooms. Designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and boasting a height of 26 metres, it claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world – go figure!
Nestled on Plaza de La Encarnación, these mighty mushrooms (commonly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación) may not be to everyone’s liking, but there’s no denying that the 2nd and 3rd panorama floors offer some of the best views of the city centre.
It’s interesting to see how the other half live. Their wealth conjures images of high ceilings, extravagant artwork and intense competitions to see who had the biggest fountain. Whether it’s medieval conquerors or royals in glossy magazines, their residences exude power and make neighbors green with envy. And that’s easier than ever if you live somewhere like the Alcázar.
Built by the Moorish kings of Al-Andalus (the Arabic name for Spain’s Muslim kingdom), it’s the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use today. You’ll wish you were next in line to the throne…
Look up and don’t break your neck. La Giralda is Seville’s official symbol and the city’s tallest building for over 800 years. It’s named after the original weather vane placed on top (girar means “to turn” in Spanish), which was sadly destroyed by an earthquake and ultimately replaced by a small bell and cross.
You can climb to the top via a series of ramps, which were placed there so that bell ringers could comfortably climb the minaret on horses or donkeys. Sadly, using donkeys isn’t an option today – you’ll have to walk up instead.
The Plaza de España was specially designed for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The buildings around it form a perfect semicircle, accessible by fours bridges symbolizing the ancient kingdoms of Spain (Navarra, Aragón, Castilla and Granada). In the centre lies the Vicente Traver fountain, and the walls around the square are decorated with tiled alcoves that represent each of the 52 provinces in Spain (including the cities of Ceuta and Melilla).
Think it looks familiar? The square is regularly used as a film location, most notably in the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film and as the City of Theed in the Star Wars movie prequels (for those who bothered with Episodes 1-3).
The Puente de Isabel II, Puente de Triana or Triana Bridge, is a metal arch bridge that connects the Triana neighborhood with the rest of the city centre. The neighborhood is a cultural treat, and wandering over the bridge will get you amazing pictures of the Guadalquivir river.
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