Sights and Sounds: Seville (Part One)
In what I hope will be the first of many wanderings this year, I’ll be heading to sunny Seville in a week’s time! One of my best friends currently lives in Seville, so I decided to go and see him. And I’ll be documenting my trip on my Instagram page as well as right here on Lone Wandering Author!
Seville is the capital of Spain’s Andalucia region, and is one of the most vibrant cities in Spain. Seville boasts a rich history that is reflected in its Moorish palaces and architecture, beautiful churches and cathedrals, and regional creations like the Flamenco dance. I’m hoping that this blog will inspire you to travel, so I’ve thrown in some hints and tips I’ve picked up along the way!
First, I booked my hotel. I always use booking.com whenever I’m travelling because comparing hotels is easy, they usually have some fantastic deals on offer, and they boast a huge range of hotels and apartments to suit anyone’s needs! I’ve decided on the Hotel Boutique Dona Lola, a charming two star hotel with great amenities situated in Seville’s Old Town, within easy walking distance of the cities main attractions. For five nights, I paid just £200!
My flights, both via easyJet between Gatwick and Seville, cost just under £150 for a return. I used Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights, then booked directly via easyJet’s website. The flight times are pretty convenient, although I won’t relish getting up at 5 am on the day I go!
Something people often overlook when travelling, especially young people, is travel insurance. But it’s a good idea to get some in case of unforeseen problems. It’s also relatively cheap. I researched the UK’s best providers and found that LV offered the most comprehensive cover. I got an excellent cover package for just under £30! I also applied for an EHIC card, which was free via gov.co.uk. Better to be safe than sorry.
Finding your way around a foreign city can be daunting, but nowadays you can use tools like Google maps to help you. Use the directions feature and pick the public transport option, then input your starting point and destination. Thankfully, getting from Seville airport to my hotel only takes an hour by bus, with a bit of walking. Unless you have a lot of luggage, it’s always worth choosing public transport over a taxi. It’s usually cheaper, and allows you to see your destination as the locals do.
In preparation for my trip, I bought a travel guide for Seville and the wider Andalucia region, picking one of DK’s Eyewitness travel guides. If possible, choose one that includes a foldable map that you can remove. A good travel guide shouldn’t cost more than £15.
I also invested in a Lonely Planet Spanish phrasebook. I dabbled a bit in Spanish at school, but don’t know enough to get by, so a phrasebook is essential! Get a small one that you can fit in your pocket or handbag. A decent phrasebook with in-depth travel/transport and social sections should cost about £5. It’s well worth it.
As for what I’m going to do when I get to Seville, I’m eager just to experience a new city and culture. But there are some definite must-see places on my list. Here’s my top three:
- Seville Cathedral and La Giralda Tower
- The Real Alcazar palace and gardens
- Santa Cruz district markets and streets
Well, I’ll post the full blog when I get back. But for now, follow my journey on Instagram! (@eddhodsdon)