Oceans apart, the Spanish city of Seville (Sevilla) and Latin American are very much connected. At the turn 16th century Seville was the sole gateway to the Spanish colonies far away, but not before the Muslims left their incredible footprint.
The monopoly on the transatlantic route by the Casa de la Contración de las Indias (House of Trade of the Indies) that made Seville rich for the next 300 years has left its marks in what is now the capital (700,000 inh) of the Spanish region of Andalusia. Located far inland Seville was a safe haven against pirates and foreign armies.
Not that others never ruled over Seville. The Moors were the masters here between 712 and 1248. And even if you find history boring, what it has left will most certainly entertained you: the jaw-dropping Patio del Yeso. This gorgeous Arabic part of the Alcázar of Seville is one of the most impressive palaces we have ever seen. Or climb the Giralda, the bell tower to which the Seville Cathedral was later built. Only the top view is from a modern edition, supporting on a very stable Moors construction.
As a modern city Seville has almost everything you wish for when thinking of Spain. Good food, beautiful people and wonderful sites to visit, both with historic and modern architecture. The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is the place to be if you want to experience the bullfights Spain is famous for. It may be much discussed by many because of the animal welfare, but bullfighting is still much supported by the locals.
Being Northern Europeans we are surprised to see oranges and lemons growing everywhere in Seville, pimping the gardens of the palace as well as normal streets with an happy orange and yellow. The fruits almost mirror the sunset when we leave Seville after visit-to-short-to-see-it-all and head for Cádiz and the mountain roads to Ronda. | MAGMAR |