24 hours in Seville

After traveling for 32 hours from Australia, our first stop in Spain was the gorgeous little town of Seville. Here you will find history, culture, archictecture, great food and a perfect starting point for making your way along the coast of Spain.
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Make sure you arrange a pick up from the airport with the hotel you are staying with to make it easy for you when you arrive. Once you check in to your hotel (we stayed at in a gorgeous AirBnb apartment in the old quarter), freshen up and get ready to explore the town. If you’ve only got 24 hours what are you waiting for?
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If you’re there in summer you can’t go past a nice cold beer. Find a little cafe on the one of the many winding ancient streets and sit back and relax (it seemed to be what the locals did all day long!) Locals don’t eat lunch until about 2/2.30 so when it’s time head to this tiny little local lunch spot we found: Bodeguita Casablanca (Adolfo Rodriguez de Jurado, 12). This place is famous for their lamb shoulder paella and also has a delicious vegetable quiche.
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When you’ve had a bit of food head straight off to the Cathedral of Seville where you will find an incredible mix of Muslim and Christian architecture. The scale is hard to comprehend and the intricate details that cover the structure are all carved from marble. There is also a beautiful courtyard full of orange trees. Construction of the main mosque started in 1184 and it was converted into a cathedral in 1218 where pieces then continued to be added from 1434 to 1928. The total surface area is 23,500 square meters, making it the most extensive gothic cathedral anywhere in the world.
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By now, we were certainly feeling exhausted from the flights but managed to sneak in a gelato and espresso to give us that much needed energy to keep going. Make sure you take a moment to pop into Hotel Alfonso XIII – it was built during the 1920s and the grandeur and opulence of the design is amazing, even Madonna thought so!
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The final stop for the day is the Alcazar, also known as the Palace of Seville. It was built during the 1500s and is the oldest palace in Europe still in use. Make sure you give yourself the entire afternoon to meander around all the incredible buildings and gardens, there is no need to rush experiencing it in all its glory.
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We had an early night trying to beat the jet lag, but there are plenty of restaurants to select from if you want to go out. We highly recommend waking up really early and going for a walk through the town and the botanical gardens. You’ll barely see another soul and it’s the perfect opportunity to soak up all of Seville’s beauty before you’re off to the next town.
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