The highlight of our Spain travels was meeting up with Phil’s brother and family in Sevilla. We don’t get to see them often since they live in France, so any chance we get to spend time together is cherished, especially since little Mia came along. We are so grateful that they are able to meet up with us all around Europe, whether it be in the south of France one year or in Cinque Terre, Italy the next year. We always love seeing them and traveling together, even if for a short while!
Our first day in Sevilla was spent across the bridge in downtown Sevilla visiting the Real Alcázar de Sevilla. Tip: book tickets in advance to skip the lines. We spent most of the time wandering the gardens and running after Mia through the orange trees and curated bushes. The last bit of our time was spent taking a peak in the inner courtyards and the palace itself. Without a tour guide, we didn’t really know what to see, what was important or what the history. But, we admired the beautiful Moorish carvings and details throughout the Alcázar. We ended the afternoon in a touristy cafe sipping gazpacho near the Alcázar to get away from the heat.
That evening we ventured around our Triana neighborhood and tried the popular Los Golindras which was delicious. The restaurant was inundated with both tourists and locals. At first when we sat down, we saw some steep prices on the menu. We asked the waiter for recommendations and he brought out large platters of grilled squid, grilled pork steaks on toast and side of artichoke salad. There was plenty of food for the four of us and Mia and the prices ended up being reasonable considering the portions. The meal was amazing, especially the squid, and we licked every bit of our plate!
The next day was spent biking around the city. It was a bit of walk across the bridge in the heat to get to downtown Sevilla, so we rented some bikes from a nearby bike shop in Triana to get around town. This was the best idea since it allowed us the flexibility and we got to see much more. Our first stop was Plaza de España where we wandered around the municipal buildings. Then it was bike ride through the gorgeous Parque de Maria Luisa. If we had more time, we would have spent more time here.
For lunch we headed back over the bridge to the Mercado de Triana. We had a picnic variety of sushi, fried seafood, salad, cheese and jamón and fruit and it was fantastic. Our waiter was multi-lingual and showed off his French, English and German language skills with our table. No Chinese though, but perhaps he’ll add it to his language repertoire. This meal was relaxing and just what we were looking for after a day of biking.
In the late afternoon, we took our bikes back across to downtown to see a flamenco performance at the Museum of Flamenco. Phil’s brother and family stayed in an Airbnb and their host, Andrea, was kind enough to take us to a pre-show peak at a flamenco dance class in the studios where her daughter was practicing. I was mesmerized by the foot work, the sweeping and exaggerated movements, and the gorgeous costumes. Just beautiful!
After the show, we headed a little bit outside of the center, where Andrea said locals frequented on summer days. Kids were running around shooting water guns and playing soccer. Everyone was sitting outside having dinner and enjoying the cooler summer night. We found a spot with comfortable chairs at a Tex Mex restaurant that was right next to a playground, where Mia happily played while we sipped tinto de verano and munched on mediocre nachos, tacos and guacamole.
The next morning, we woke up with heavy hearts since this was our last half day together in Sevilla. We walked over to Phil’s brother’s Airbnb where we played with Mia and enjoyed a typical French breakfast of fresh bread, butter, jam, fresh orange juice and fruit. We spent some time wandering Triana and old town Sevilla and had a final tapas lunch at a small local restaurant before saying our good-byes. Though we only had a few days together, it was great catching up and seeing how much Mia has grown!
That evening, Phil and I had a date night at Blanco Paloma. We arrived at opening time, but it was completely empty, so we thought we would walk around the block and return in 10 minutes. When we returned, it was packed! The sit down area was completely reserved, so we stood at the bar chatting with other tourists and locals and downing delicious tapas. It was a great end to our time in Sevilla. Next stop, Granada!