Experiencing Seville by Horse and Carriage

Well, we have officially passed the one-month mark and I cannot believe how fast time is flying! I am absolutely in love with the city of Seville and all that it offers on a daily basis. To think that I can sit by the river to relax and do homework or attend mass in the third-largest cathedral in the world each week is too much to ask for. I want to give you all my ideal day tour of Seville, in hopes that you’ll love the city just as much as I do!

First, I would start off from my quaint apartment where I live with a host family and roommate/fellow blogger, Xochitl. My host family consists of a mother (Toni) and two 16 year old twins (José Luis and María). The family is very welcoming and I couldn’t have asked for a better living situation.

My humble abode
My humble abode

From here, a horse and buggy would pick me up! These are seen all throughout the city and are truly the cherry on top of this magical city! Although, you do have to be careful where you’re walking when you aren’t in the carriage…if you know what I mean! :)  The city does a great job keeping everything clean though, the streets are hosed each night and the horses have a designated path.

Horse and carriage in Seville
Best ride in town!

The first stop would be at Plaza de la Encarnación that is home to the Metropol Parasol, most commonly referred to as “the mushroom”. This structure was recently constructed and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world! It consists of four different levels, including Roman remains, a restaurant overlooking the city, and the highest level offering the best view of the city!

Las Setas de la Encarnación
Las Setas de la Encarnación
My favorite view thus far!

Next, I would head to the city center and visit the University of Seville. Although I am not studying at this beautiful school, I love the architecture and its historical importance. It was actually once the Royal Tobacco Factory where Carmen, from the opera Carmen, worked as a cigar maker.

Univeristy of Seville
Univeristy of Seville

After the University of Seville, I’d get back on the carriage and head towards El Museo de Bellas Artes de Seville. This fine arts museum is home to the infamous El Greco and the portrait of his son, Jorge Manuel. This museum contains a variety of art for all to enjoy!

El Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
Inside El Museo de Bellas Artes de Seville

Phew! That’s a lot of exciting sites, but I’d be ready for a snack after all of this! Spain is well-known for its churros con chocolate and I have no problem taking advantage of it! In fact, every Tuesday after class a group of us meet up for churros con chocolate right near my house.

Mmmm, doesn't that look good!

Now that my stomach would be overly satisfied, the tour would continue! This next spot is honestly one of my favorite sights I have ever seen in my life. It is called Plaza de España and constructed with extreme detail. The railings are hand painted and the architecture just screams Spanish. It is truly serene and a must see in Seville. The first time I visited a couple was having their wedding pictures taken… priceless! Here is also where scenes from Star Wars Episode II were filmed!

Plaza de Espana
Pretty impressive, huh?

You haven’t experienced Seville until you have seen a flamenco show! La Carbonería is a hot spot to catch an entertaining flamenco performance. It’s a nice tavern where the guitarist and performers are right in front of you and you are always guaranteed a great show.

La Carbonería
La Carbonería

I don’t know about you, but after a great show, I might be craving some ice cream! I would head over to La Ibense Bornay for a guaranteed delicious treat. There are all sorts of flavor options and you can sit outside and enjoy your treat right in the heart of Seville. It is also well priced, which is even better!

Yum!

By this time, it will most likely be dark outside. In my opinion, this is the best time to see the Guadalquivir River, especially in the carriage! It is the fifth longest river in the Iberian peninsula and runs right through the center area of Seville. It is also where the Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold) was constructed in the 13th century and held great importance to the defense of the port.

Gualdalquivir River and Torre de Oro
Gualdalquivir River and Torre de Oro (on right)

For the final spot, I would end at the Seville Cathedral right in the middle of the city. It is the largest Gothic Cathedral and the third-largest church in the world! Don’t get me wrong, it is a breathtaking sight during the day as well; however, seeing it at night with the lights hitting the architecture in perfect angles is truly surreal. I love attending a full Spanish mass here each Sunday.

Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral

The tour doesn’t have to end here! There are plenty of places to dine at a delicious restaurant and enjoy a true Spanish cuisine. If I were to tour Seville in one day (and if I had the money to pay for a day long carriage ride…) this would be my ideal day! Now, come enjoy it yourself!

Emily Pena
Sevilla, Spain
Spring 2012

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Princess, Loved the tour It is beautiful there and you are having a great guide. I miss you so much, but then when you are here you are away at school or working . Have a great time and study hard. See you soon love MaMa and Papa Tom. by the way he said the princess is doing it up right, you may get as smart as him some day. xoxo

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