Walking in Seville

Seville is a walking city.

It’s small enough to get everywhere you need to go by foot, you won’t find a street without a bar or restaurant that’s worth stopping at, the streets are shaded by orange trees and the more you wander, the more you’ll discover.

Slip on a pair of sandals and set out to explore.

The Cathedral is a good place to start.

Skip the queue (utter madness at this time of year. People queue all.day.long.) and enjoy it from the outside.

The biggest gothic cathedral in the world, building started in 1402 and finished in 1506 – quite the project!

The famous words behind its conception? “Hagamos una Iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandiosa que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos” (“Let us build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will think we are mad”).

Mission accomplished!

The surrounding buildings and plazas are worth strolling past. The sun warmed sand stone, babbling fountains and swaying orange trees make it feel like its own little oasis, in the middle of the city.

Cat eye sunglasses

Button up cotton dress (comes in 3 colours)

Blue jumper (25% off with “2C2Z”) // Top handle basket

Gold & tan sandals

Take your time as you explore, peer into little courtyards and explore streets that seem to go nowhere.

You never know what treasures you’ll find.

If you visit during Samana Santa you’ll notice balconies decorated with flags, hangings and dried palm leaves.

Nowhere is this more impressive than in the square behind the cathedral – during Easter celebrations all roads lead to the cathedral!

And you’ll soon be joined on the streets by good Spanish catholics, on their way to see the processions.

Make your way into the pretty pastel coloured, narrow and winding streets of the old Jewish quarter – known as Santa Cruz.

Cobbled streets filled with traditional shops, old bars and crumbling churches.

Admire the local women in their Semana Santa finery.

A quick comment about how lovely they look goes a long way!

And they really do.

The combs (peinetas) and black lace veils (mantillas) are traditional for Semana Santa and show that the women are in mourning for Christ.

White ones are worn during a time of celebration, particularly weddings.

There’s a tremendous amount of pride involved in getting ready for Semana Santa. People pass down peinetas to their daughters and granddaughters and once the celebrations are over, the mantillas are carefully packaged away in tissue until they’re needed again

If only we had more excuses to wear lace veils in England!

There’s no quiet period for restaurants during Semana Santa, and you’ll often find them ignoring their usual opening times – throwing their doors open far earlier and serving late into the night.

People eat around church services and processions, filling the streets with chattering groups of all ages.

There are so many tapas bars in Santa Cruz and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Choose one that’s bursting with locals and you’re onto a winner!

After a couple of days of traditional tapas however, we ready for something a little different.

So we carried on, right into the heart of the Jewish quarter.

“The new face of Spanish tapas” – El Pintón.

Which serves up modern takes on Spanish classics.

In spectacular surroundings.

You can sit out in the street, or take a quieter table inside where it’s cool.

Be sure to order up a jug of sangria.

You’re on holiday after all!

 

The menu is pretty varied and changes with the seasons.

Jamón croquetas.

Battered egg in truffle polenta.

Perfectly grilled prawns.

Fried cod with aioli.

And a few more classics.

El Pintón is well worth a trip if you’re in town for a few days and fancy something different.

You can book a table (needed for Friday & Saturday nights) or just pop in for cocktails and nibbles.

Utterly worn out from our exploring and ready to melt into two puddles on the floor… we went home for a swim and a siesta.

When in Rome Spain!

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  • You went at such a great time! I do love myself a walking town too hehe.

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    Much Love, Karen

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  • Lovely photos as usual! Some of them wouldn’t load, but that may just have been my ‘superfast’ broadband… 😉 Think I’ll have to convince my friends to come out for a sangria night now! 😀
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    • I had the same issue with some of the photos (And I have got a fast internet connection!)

  • Isn’t that gorgeous cathedral used as a filming spot for Dhorne in Game of Thrones? Looks so similar.

    Cristina | *janded

    • Mayra Nunez

      No, they used the Alcazar which is literally right next to the Cathedral, but you can’t see it in these pictures. I hope Rosie managed to go because it’s gorgeous!

  • It looks beautiful there! X
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  • You’ve got me thinking that I need to book a trip! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • The slow pace

    Seville is just wonderful! I think it’s one of the cities with more personality in the world! Were these pics taken on Holy Thursday or Friday? Traditionally those are the only days in Easter when women wear black dresses and peinetas. Another tradition is to wear something new on Domingo de Ramos, that’s why that day you will see everyone looking all dress up (mostly in pastel colours!).

    • From the photos Rosie posted in Instagram, I gathered she was there during the Easter weekend as I saw the processions going on so you are right! 🙂 Julie x

  • I’m going to Seville in June and cannot wait to explore all its beauty! I will definitely check out El Pinton too. I plan to walk, eat and drink the whole time!
    Vicky x
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  • All of these pictures have me craving a Spanish holiday! That food looks so good, and I love your yellow dress!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn.

  • Rossie those pictures are beautiful. My favorite is the one with the girls eating while wearing the mantillas!
    You looked quite lovely as well, the yellow dress is very flattering.
    Have a great start into the new week.

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  • The food all looks amazing and the cathedral looks very impressive x

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  • I could spend an entire afternoon in that shop filled with colorful, ruffled dresses!
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  • Oh Rosie you are such a ray of sunshine! Looking absolutely beautiful in your snaps, I LOVE Spain – we have a little flat out there that we visit each year. All your food just took me straight back to drunken lunchtimes with many jugs of sangria! Immy x

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  • michelle

    Love your yellow dress! 🙂 …and also the food looks amazing.

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  • Modrapunzel

    I want to IMMEDIATELY pack my bags for citrusy Seville! I am so attached to your blog Rosie, thank you!

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  • Your dress and bag are adorable, Rosie!
    You visited what in my opinion is the most beautiful city in Spain! I went a year ago and had lunch at El Pintón too. Their food was our favorite from the whole trip.

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  • This post brings me back lots of memories from my year as an Erasmus student in that magical city. I had one of the best years of my life and I definitely need to return to Seville rather sooner than later. Seville is beautiful and traditional and the food scene is quite unbelievable, I am sure it appealed to the good lover that you are dear Rosie. I love all the snaps on Pinterest too, really beautiful photography and always classy with your style! Hope you have more to share about your trip! (Next on your list should be Granada, Ronda and Cordoba, all so fabulous in Andalucia too!) Julie xx

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  • Lovely trip! Those dresses in the shop window looked incredible, and the combs!! I would have just been photographing all the combs! Haha.

    I thought for sure those slides were Dolce Vita – I live in my pair during the summer because they’re so easy and comfortable. And I think you’re secretly turning your blog into a food blog 😉 I’ve caught you!

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  • beautyby_lucia

    Looks beautiful 🙂 Makes me wanna go soon!
    The pictures you took of the ladies in black, eating or drinking…it looks like those D&G Sicilian ads! Love it!

  • mariel

    It looks like such a good holiday Rosie, love your outfit, very fitting for Seville and you just look so good against all the beautiful buildings and colours <3
    Their traditions and holidays are so interesting, all the women and men look dashing in their celebratory outfits

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  • You look gorgeous in that yellow dress! Plus Seville looks stunning too – what a location!

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  • never heard of Sevile before you went there. You’re good at finding spots of the beaten track! Looks like you had a wonderful time there. Look forward to seeing where you’re off to next!

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  • You have the most pretty dresses!!! <3
    I've never seen strawberries in sangria before :O Yum!

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    Victoria

    X

  • Lourdes Martin

    Love it all!! On my list of cities to visit. 🙂

    xoxo
    Lourdes
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