Although it would have been easier and definitely quicker taking a train we wanted to drive at our own pace and check out some villages on the way.
The long silky road extended in front of us which made driving a pleasure with incredible olive trees either side which are many hundreds of years old and had been planted in no particular order while other young trees could be seen in endless incredible neat rows in their thousands as far as the eye could see.
As we continued to drive we came across white wind farms rising up like giant aliens that I found beautiful to look at. Continuing along the road it changed to a river one side of the road with lots of greenery while on the other side parched land.
The sign for Seville once we had past Antequera was very easy to see so we didn't get lost once. We stopped for a drink in tree lined La Roda which is very typical Andalucian and although it was siesta time and like a ghost town it was a lovely place for a short stop.
Arriving in Seville by car is a different matter with it's one way systems, but finally we arrived at the hotel to drop our bags off.
The hotel was perfectly positioned in the town centre near all amenities and although classed as a 2 star the facilities including the fabulous shower were fantastic with a reasonably priced restaurant, free bike hire,
great staff and a really lovely breakfast of everything you would want.
I can really recommend 'Petit Palace' (Canalejas) for a boutique hotel if you want the centre of the city.
We started the next day with an open top bus tour for orientation of the main sites to see.
We took the green bus as this gave you a second day free of charge to hop on and off at places we wanted to revisit and a very large discount on the boat trip which was a relaxing way to view parts of the city at night.
It was 45 degrees so I would not recommend going in the summer months but the bus downstairs was blessed with air conditioning which gave some relief.
The beautiful cathedral is worth a visit as it's now classed as the largest in Europe and it's next to the Jewish quarter which is supposed to be full of typical Spanish tapas bars. I say supposed to be as I was a little disappointed as they were not as plentiful or typical as expected but it's still worth walking round.
The Jewish quarter is seeped in history but unless you take a walking tour there is hardly any signs of a past Jewish community.
There are many beautiful buildings in Seville, too many to mention here and the bus is a great way to see them.
I particularly loved the Columbia building in Plaza de Americas which also doubles as the Colombian embassy with it's lovely carvings.
If you like shopping then there are all the usual shops that you find in most cities but what I liked was the Dan Eloy shopping street with some individual shops you don't see elsewhere.
Ceramics are a big thing in Seville and many beautiful and ornate items can be found.
I loved the large group of artists in the park with their tutor and the tissue seller who was dressed as
red riding hood with such a short shirt that he, yes he was nearly showing more wares than just tissues.
As we walked around we came across snatches of the old wall which if you have a good imagination can give you a glimpse of how it might have looked in days gone by.
Seville was once known as the capital of the civilised world and is steeped in history.
Lots to see but three days was enough for me and my poor old feet.
We drove back a different way towards Moron de la Fronterra which took us through large amounts of solar farms and amazing endless fields of huge sunflowers with their faces to the earth followed by a patchwork of stunning velvety hills.
We stopped off at an interesting Arabic castle to have lunch; but that's for another blog. The journey back was long and tiring but as I wasn't driving I think I slept a lot of the way back.
Great little holiday break in a lovely part of Spain.
Blog and Photos by Shaina Jan Myers