{Seville: Day 1}

Where We Stayed: While in Seville, we stayed at the Hotel Rey Alfonso X. It had a great central location, the rooms were modern and had a good amount of space and the staff was very friendly. The only con was that the walls are paper thin and we could hear EVERYTHING going on in the hallway. Kind of annoying when the maids are chatting away at 8 in the morning! At 75 EUR/night we were pretty happy with our choice.
The view from our room (definitely suggest getting a room that faces this back courtyard as opposed to the busy street out front):
Our first day in Seville we didn’t have much of an agenda. We dropped our bags upon arrival and quickly made our way to the main plaza by the Cathedral. We met up with Nicole and plopped down in the sun where we caught up over tapas and Sangria. It was the perfect introduction to the city. We then just wandered around the city and made our way down to the river to watch the sunset. It was incredible how many people were out enjoying the day. They just sit right down on the riverbank, bring their own food and beverages and lounge. 
We were just completely smitten with the cobblestone streets, rows of orange trees, the horse-drawn carriages and the crowds of people on every street and corner, living in the moment and enjoying the good life. I could really get used to the laid-back Spanish lifestyle! 
On our walk back to our hotel we stumbled upon this processional happening in the streets. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and felt rude asking. Any ideas?
MUCH more to come on our trip to Seville! 
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

57 thoughts on “{Seville: Day 1}

  1. Seville looks gorgeous! Love those river shots. Looks to me like your mystery processional is probably a religious feast for a patron saint, or a Lent-related ceremony – it looks very Maltese!

  2. Seville looks gorgeous! Love those river shots. Looks to me like your mystery processional is probably a religious feast for a patron saint, or a Lent-related ceremony – it looks very Maltese!

  3. Wow, this post makes me miss Europe so much! When I was living there Spain was my favorite place to travel, hands down. Seems like you had an amazing time, too!

    Oh, and you and Nicole look like you could be sisters. But I'm sure you've heard that before 🙂

  4. It's very common to see processions in Spain throughout Lent leading up to Semana Santa (Holy Week). Beautiful post! Makes me miss Spain. I'm glad you enjoyed.

  5. so beautiful! It makes me think of my weekend trip to Sevilla 5 years ago… I sat near the river near that same bridge! I remember buying roasted chestnuts and waiting in line to see the cathedral and the palace where Christopher Columbus's diary is! I'm glad you had a great trip!

  6. LOVE these photos. lets just have a bunch of photo shoots in Edinburgh. awesome.

    please god let the sun come out while you are here…

  7. Hi Liz,
    this trip looks amazing and i'm actually wondering why i don't do those trips… seems like i need an american girl to remind me how beautiful europe is 😀

    end of may i am going to spent three days in amsterdam with my girlfriends and i wanted to ask you if you have any tips for that? i would love to see a blog post about your amsterdam favourites or maybe some tips to save money?

    compliments for your blog, i love reading it!
    Kate

  8. This makes me want to jump on a plane and head straight back to Seville – I was only there for a day and that was clearly far too little time!

    Your photos are stunning!

    xxx
    Jenna

  9. I'm going to Europe summer of 2013, and I definitely will consider adding Seville to my list. Every photo is gorgeous! Love your blog.

  10. You've made Seville sound like the greatest place on earth, Liz. Not only are your pictures gorgeous, but your description really makes it sound like such a laid-back place. It sounds less tourist-y than say, Madrid. Originally, the boyfriend and I were planning to make Madrid one of the cities we visit when we go in May, but honestly, Seville just looks more like the type of city I want to visit. I can't wait to see more from your weekend there!

  11. I've been reading your blog for a while,and have never commented. I studied in Sevilla last spring for a semester and fell in LOVE with the city, the procession is a “practice” for Semana Santa [holy week processions] most likely. These “pasos” go out throughout the city all hours of the day and night during that whole week. In weeks leading up to it you'll see them occasionally through out the city! Love your pictures!

  12. We had an amazing time on the Rappelling and Zip lining tour. Ender was a great guide; he didn't go too fast and he made sure that we all were doing good and were comfortable. Afterwards, we had a delicious home cooked meal. It was the best meal we had on our entire trip! We would definitely recommend this trip for anyone visiting Spain in the future by http://www.privatetoursinistanbul.com

  13. We had an amazing time on the Rappelling and Zip lining tour. Ender was a great guide; he didn't go too fast and he made sure that we all were doing good and were comfortable. Afterwards, we had a delicious home cooked meal. It was the best meal we had on our entire trip! We would definitely recommend this trip for anyone visiting Spain in the future by http://www.privatetoursinistanbul.com

  14. oh, you cute girls! i love all these photos! and i bet it was so nice to be somewhere warmer for a little while! seville looks wooooonderful.

  15. looks like such an amazing getaway! I have been dying to get back to the south of spain and barcelona again, but definitely think you sold me on making a trip to Sevilla as well. Hope you soaked up the sunshine before getting back to Amsterdam- as it seems winter has returned, brrrrrr!

  16. ok i need to go to seville, like yesterday. so so amazing. so happy to see those two cute smiling faces – yours and nicole. and yours too Corey!

    and thank you for that sweet comment on monday. all that you've told me about your mother makes me think we'd be fast friends (:

    can't wait to see more Seville!

  17. Oh wow! That looks incredible! I live in Valencia right now and my boyfriend and I were just mentioning that we'd both love to take a weekend trip to Seville! I'm glad I saw these pictures… I will be linking him to it asap!!! Thanks!!!

    xo
    Lindsey
    wanderluck.blogspot.com

  18. makes me want to go to Seville! Loved seeing the streets, the buildings, the people, the food and drink…you captured it beautifully!
    That pitcher of Sangria is making me thirsty!
    annie

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