Exploring Sevilla, Metropol Parasol & Town Squares

Sevilla! What an incredible city full of life and color – I could not get enough of everything it had to offer. This trip was particularly special, as not only was it my first time to Spain, but my mom and I went together. We felt spoiled to get so much one-on-one time together – especially since I now live in Europe, we really treasure our time together. With clear blue skies and perfect weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our three days in Seville and would recommend it to anyone in search of a sunny, relaxing getaway.

The gorgeous terrace at our airbnb

The gorgeous terrace at our airbnb

We rented a room through airbnb and were blessed with wonderful hosts, Alfonso and Victor, and their incredible terrace. I took great pleasure in enjoying my morning coffee out on the terrace as the city slowly came to life. I can't say enough about our stay – we were perfectly located in city center and had the kindest and most knowledgeable hosts. I highly recommend checking out their listing

Basilica Macarena 

Basilica Macarena 

Macarena Gate 

Macarena Gate 

ALameda de Hércules, the first public garden in Europe. It is now a public square, full of bars and restaurants (especially tapas)

ALameda de Hércules, the first public garden in Europe. It is now a public square, full of bars and restaurants (especially tapas)

Alameda de Hércules

San Francisco Square (  Plaza de San Francisco) with Giralda Tower (ancient minaret of the old mosque of Sevilla) The pink building was the Royal Court in the 16th century

San Francisco Square (Plaza de San Francisco) with Giralda Tower (ancient minaret of the old mosque of Sevilla) The pink building was the Royal Court in the 16th century

Plaza de San Salvador. Ancient "forum" in Roman times.

Plaza de San Salvador. Ancient "forum" in Roman times.

The ancient church of the ancient Hospital de la Paz.

The ancient church of the ancient Hospital de la Paz.



Patio de abluciones. Courtyard of ablutions of the ancient mosque. Currently the courtyard of El Salvador church.

Patio de abluciones. Courtyard of ablutions of the ancient mosque. Currently the courtyard of El Salvador church.


Plaza Cabildo

Plaza Cabildo

Bodeguita La Parihuela

Bodeguita La Parihuela

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Sevilla Eats

 churros with chocolate dipping sauce

 churros with chocolate dipping sauce

 PAella

 PAella

If there is one restaurant you must visit in Sevilla, it is Contenedor, a slow food restaurant that was amazingly enough, located next door to our airbnb. The food, ambiance and staff were so excellent that we came here for dinner twice, something I never do when exploring a new city. I'm sure many of you can relate to the feeling of being rushed when dining out – table turning isn't anything new, and personally, it's a game-breaker for me, no matter how good the food is. Here, with this ‘slow cooked’ manner, we were able to truly enjoy our wine, starter, entrees, of course, dessert. There was no one pressuring us in order to clear our table, or my personal favorite, "Are you still working on that?" – as my mom puts it, "I'm not working on anything." There is something truly unique and to be appreciated of local establishments that just "get it" – the art of preparing fresh & local food in an environment that leaves you satisfied. Being that Contendor adapts their menu to offer fresh, seasonal produce of the region, they serve only fifteen or so dishes at a time.  

duck with crispy rice (pato y arroz cruicante)

duck with crispy rice (pato y arroz cruicante)