To disconnect from our daily routine, to break (temporarily) with our obligations and to get away from that which generates stress, what better way than a last minute short break to Seville. Apart from being one of the most happy and alive cities in Spain, it is a place where you can loose yourself and discover unique spots, which will help you once again fall in love with life.
Although walks through charming places such as the central squares of Ecija and Carmona are ideal options for those who already know the destination, it is true that there is a visit that you really cannot miss if it is your first time in Seville, the ascent to the bell tower of the Giralda. If you have also chosen an hotel in Seville such as the Petit Palace Canalejas Seville, the Petit Palace Marques de Santa Ana or the Petit Palace Santa Cruz, you are in luck because you will be just a few metres from the principal entrance.
Recommended for those travelling alone, with a partner or with the family (with young children included), the ascent of the Giralda is always exciting and fun. It consists of a walk through the heart of the mosque, which dates from the XII century and due to historical events was converted to an authentic Christian temple, well known throughout the world.
Open from Monday to Sunday (the only day that the visit is completely free of charge) and to ascend to the highest point of the Giralda means taking on a thirty five floor ramp. However, we can assure you that the views from the bell tower (situated just a few metres from the popular Giraldillo), fully compensate the fatigue of this upward hike.
Which points can you see from this location? From the towers of the beautiful Plaza de España (Spain square) to some of the many bridges to be found in Seville such as the Alamillo or Barqueto bridge.
Although you may think that the most exciting part of a visit to the Giralda is the ascent to the bell tower, it is true that to walk around the Patio de los Naranjos (Patio of the Oranges) or learn about the history of the chains around the Cathedral, are extras that you can treat yourself to, in order to imbue yourself with the essence of Seville.
How can you terminate this touristic visit of Seville per excellence? By doing exactly what any of the locals would do, enjoy a cold beer at any of the small central bars in Mateos Gago street.