So ... while we were in Albufeira, we were trying to figure out what we could possibly do on the final day. The horse rides and cave trips were done, and there didn't seem like anything more that we could do ... especially since it was winter. I knew Albufeira was famous for its beaches, sun-bathing and all that kinda stuff, but heck, I couldn't even take off my jacket! So, we popped into the nearest travel store and lo & behold, there was a brochure of Seville right in front of us. Mr D immediately told me "Lets go to Spain". I told him that I wasn't mentally prepared. And his reply was " What's there to prepare? We're going!" And there we were, leaving the store with two tickets in our hands to Seville.
On the day of our tour, we were picked up at 7 a.m. to be taken to Seville. I slept for a good 2 hours in the bus until we reached our first pitstop which was a city on the border of Spain. After a quick dose of caffeine, I was up & kicking for the next 45 minutes until we reached Seville. We reached there around 10.30 a.m.
We were dropped off at the centre of Sevilla where most of the so-called tourist spots were located. After a short briefing from our guide, we were on our way to explore Seville on our own. We had only six hours to cover as much as we could. Here's what we did.
1) Seville Cathedral - This was the first thing that we noticed as our guide gave us pointers. This magnificent masterpiece is supposedly the largest cathedral in the whole of Europe. We had to buy a ticket to see the inside and the queue looked pretty long. But it moved rather quickly. The interior was pretty impressive with lot of gold carvings and other artworks. The entire structure had a very Gothic touch to it. This cathedral also houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. There were a number of little rooms inside the cathedral with stuff to explore inside them. There was also a staircase that led us right to the top of the church. It felt as though we were climbing a mountain but the view that we got from each window as we were climbing up was just lovely. Not to mention, the panoramic view that we got when we reached right the top. We could see the whole of Seville.
2) Jewish Quarter - This historical area in Seville houses, some lovely little cafes, bars, flamenco shows, souvenir and herb shops. There were a number of a narrow winding alleys, painted buildings and orange trees. We just lost ourselves to its beauty.
3) Dining - One of the restaurants that we had lunch at was inside the Jewish Quarter. We were in Spain and all we could think of was Sangria and Paella. After searching through a number of restaurants, we finally sat in a place called Cafe Alianza and had the most yummiest, authentic paella, prawns fritters and sangria. Mr. D tried out the sherry too, but his face showed that he didn't quite like it.
4) Out & About Seville - After exploring the Jewish Quarter, we just went around exploring the rest of Sevilla's centre with a few stops for food of course. I found a number of places selling gelato and I had to stop by one to try it out. And as if that wasn't enough, we ended up having a second lunch (which comprised entirely of tapas) at a place called La Tradicional Bodega Bar Tapas. Mr. D was hell-bent on killing me with his enormous appetite! Although I must admit, the food there was top-notch!
I don't know how six hours passed by and in no time we were on our way back to Albufeira. I'm so glad that we planned this last time trip to another country, even if it was only for six hours. But I'm definitely going to return back to Spain in the future and explore the whole country.
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