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Seville Part 2: the Alcazar

This post is part of a multi-part series on my recent trip to Spain and Morocco. You can read other posts here and here.  Thanks for following along!

Moorish Tile Patterns at the Alcazar

Entering the Alcazar was like stepping centuries back into a beautiful moment in time.  A time when craftsmanship was everything, and every detail was constructed with intention and purpose. A time when beauty was valued, so much so, that constructing a building was a lifetime process.

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What’s pretty ironic is that I just stumbled upon this place, not knowing just how significant it was.  I was completely oblivious to the fact that the Game of Thrones was filmed there. Or that it is still a residence for Kings to this very day.  All this I learned later after we had left Sevilla.  If you remember from my Malaga post, this whole Spain thing was the most unplanned trip I’ve ever done. I did minimal research, so whatever we explored was pretty much by chance.

We hit the Alcazar at the end of our day, about an hour before closing time, after the lines had subsided. One of the first things that caught my eye was the tile.  It was the perfect combination of Spanish and  Moroccan details. Southern Spain is known for its Moorish architecture.  Being located so close to Morocco you can definitely see the Islamic influence and style.

Tilework, Moorish Influence at the Alcazar, Seville, Spain - Vim & Vintage

The palace was the equivalent of a human size maze. Each room was a completely new color palette with surprises waiting.  I pretty much spent the entire time obsessing over the tile patterns.  Although, the door and ceiling details were equally as mind-blowing.

Favorite Ceiling in the Alcazar - Vim & Vintage Blog

This was my favorite room in the whole palace. I struggled to get the perfect shot for a while. With it being so close to closing time, I kept waiting for everybody to get out of my photo.  It was kinda funny because I kept getting irritated that inevitably someone would walk across while I was trying to snap the photo.  Like I own the place. The photo below is the best one I took – with just one shadowy figure in the doorway.  I may photoshop them out.  Clearly, it still bothers me.

Alcazar in Seville,Spain - Vim & Vintage Blog

My favorite exterior space was the courtyard.  Those arches and the relief patterns…*sigh*.  The experience was just so beautiful. I could have spent all night here. I’m pretty sure we were probably one of the last few to leave.

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No palace is complete without a ridiculously maintained garden area.

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The outside of the building kind of had this tie-dye effect, which I totally fell in love with.

Tie Dye Building! - Vim & Vintage

I’ll leave you with this view of the ivy and a bench. Because I mean, just how cute is this??

Ivy & Bench - Vim + Vintage Blog

Is Spain on your travel bucket list? If not, it should be!  It never was on mine but now I’m just dreaming of the day I can go back.

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charm + inspiration in Sevilla

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*This post is part of a multi-part series on my recent trip to Spain and Morocco. You can read other posts here and here.  Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting the different cities I visited along with travel tips.  I’m excited to share it all with you! Thanks for following along!*

After spending my first day in Europe in the beautiful city of Malaga, I went to bed excited because I knew when I woke up it was going to be another adventure.  I arose that Sunday minimally unaffected by jet lag and ready to hit Seville, or as it’s called in Spain, Sevilla.

We hopped in the car and began the 1.5 hour drive north. I was elated.  The rolling hills and lush fields on our drive were beautiful. Again, the Spanish countryside woo’ed me.

Spanish Countryside

I heard such great things about Sevilla. Nate fell in love with the city as it was the first place he explored in Spain. The minute we got into Sevilla I knew I was going to love it too.

Building Detail in Sevilla

It was a different feel than the beachy, upscale parts of Malaga. Sevilla is a place filled with history and old world charm.  A true Spanish city.  Magnificent architecture, flamenco dancing, and tapas define this iconic place. I couldn’t wait to dive in.

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Sevilla

beautiful building in Sevilla

We began our day walking outside the city’s iconic bullring and Cathedral.  Sevilla’s cathedral definitely trumped Malaga’s in size – it was about the size of a full city block! Nate had previously toured it and Christopher Columbus’ tomb rests inside.

Cathedral in Sevilla

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One of my favorite activities in general is eating, but I just love how special sit-down meals are in Europe.  The relaxed atmosphere at the cafes and restaurants was just so nice. You don’t just go there to eat, but to enjoy the company of who you’re with.  People are laughing, talking, and enjoying life, not playing on their phones, which is refreshing.

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We sat down for lunch at a little tapas cafe called Carmela. It was then that I realized why tapas are world famous.  Perfect for sharing, Nate & I ordered about 4 different small plates and they all were so good.  I didn’t take pictures of the food (probably because I dove in the second it hit the table), but here’s one of the items we had on the menu from their website.

Chicken with Soy Sauce & Honey - Carmela in Sevilla, Spain

Then Nate took me to the Plaza de Espana. Definitely one of the places you have to see if you are in Sevilla. It was gorgeous! And so huge.  Actually, huge is an understatement. Let’s go with colossal. Or monumental.

Plaza de Espana in Sevilla

Plaza de Espana Panoramic

Every single detail in that place was pure money.

Plaza de Espana - ceiling detail

Plaza de Espana - Sevilla

When Nate and I find ourselves in a city, we enjoy just walking around with little to no agenda. Instead of planning up the entire day and frantically trying to get from point A to point B, we try to take in the beauty of the journey.  Ending up in random alleyways was one of my most favorite things about the trip.

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I love the buildings you find when you just wander.

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Blue Door in Sevilla

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The Museum of Fine Arts was probably one of my favorites in the city. I definitely have a thing for pink architecture.

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The Metropol Parasol is the most modern thing you will see in Sevilla.  I later found out it’s the largest wooden structure in the world!  So cool.

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Our last stop of the day was to check out the Royal Palace and Castle, the Alcazar.  Since there are so many pictures, I will do a separate post on this special place. It was phenomenal.  Stay tuned for the next post – it’s a must see!