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Walking the old town of Seville

Streets lined up with orange trees, a little square that appears suddenly as you walk a narrow road, little shops with hand made ‘abanicos’ (fans) and ceramics, cafés, tablaos, the old town of Seville has been one of our top places during our visit to Spain. Our hotel Petit Palace Canalejas has a perfect location, we start walking to the Cathedral, as we reach to the Plaza Nueva we stop by the book stalls, we then follow the tram line and see this café on the right handside, La Canasta, full of people inside, the smells coming out to the street make us to promise ourselves to come back here for breakfast. As we pass the cathedral on the left we reach to the squares surrounding the cathedral; Plaza de la Encarnación, Plaza Virgen de los Reyes; we take the little streets that open up to the square. As we walk to the Alcazar we pass by the Jewish quarter of the Juderias, which was the neighbourhoud of the Jewish community until they were expelled from Spain by the Catholic kings. We see several artisan shops, guitar shops, tables where live flamenco performances take place at nights (Alcazar, like the Cathedral, can be visited by paying an entrance fee). We continue to Plaza de España, a huge semi-circular square inside the park was built for the Iber-American expo in 1924. This iconic place that was used in the movies such as Lawrence from Arabia and Star Wars has a typical Andalusian style with tile decorated bridges, fountains carrying the name of every city in Spain. It is full of people of tourists and performance artists and musicians at every hour. We then go back to the old town and walk towards the Guadalquivir River to pass to the neighbourhood of Triana. Triana is another neighbourhood worth to visit with its colourful houses by the river, tapas bars, and the beautiful bridge that looks even nicer at night time.

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