I traveled the southern region of Andalusia in Spain for 7 days and it was like a dream. Not only is the environment welcoming and relaxing, but the landscape is stunning. I went to Sevilla, Cadiz and Granada. Here’s the bullet-point summary!
We stayed at the: Le Banda Rooftop Hostel
- I would highly recommend this hostel because the people that work there are not only extremely friendly, but they make great drinks at their rooftop bar. Also, they provided a huge family dinner for a small price and it helped all the guests get familiar with one another.
We checked out:
- The Catedral de Sevilla
- We did not go in because we were distracted by the Spanish women outside who were giving out flowers and fortunes. Beware if they say its free; it’s not!
- Torre Giralda, which is part of Catedral de Sevilla.
- We did not make the climb in the bell tower, which I heard is amazing, but we walked around the square and admired the beautiful architecture.
- The historical importance of the Catedral de Sevilla and Torre Giralda is immense and dates back to as early as the 12th century. After total reconstruction, it became the largest church in the world in 1502 and still holds the title today. This church is basically the definition of Gothic and, if this is something that interests you, it would be well worth it to check it out!
- Real Alcazar
- This palace is an UNESCO world heritage site and rightfully so! Absolutely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I’ll let the photos speak for itself.
We walked and walked and walked. We went to little gift shops, had some wine and tapas, then walked some more. Walking in Sevilla is an event within its own. The architecture is beautiful and the streets lead in an unorganized fashion, which makes getting lost part of the adventure!
For nightlife, we went to:
- Casa Anselma
- If you do anything in Sevilla, it better be this! This small bar provided the most authentic experience I had in Andalusia and I had so much fun that I went twice! The environment was very intimate, as we huddled in chairs around the three man band and watched people dance in the 5 x 5 square in front of their instruments. The vocals of the older woman, who also owns the bar, were unbelievable. It truly was an unforgettable experience.
- La Banda Rooftop bar
- Sometimes nightlife at the hostel is the most fun!
We took a day trip to Cadiz by bus from Sevilla. This city has so much to offer and, again, the architecture is stunning, but we really just hung out at the beach all day. And, we loved every second of it! After, we walked around, ate some tapas then jumped back on a bus to Sevilla.
We stayed at: Makuto Backpacker’s Hostel
- I give so many props to this hostel. We had such a great experience that we extended our stay for an extra day. Our private room was perfect and we had a view of the Alhambra from our patio. Also, they have hammocks, nightly meals and they provide a walking tour of Granada, which was amazing. At the end of the tour, we climbed hundreds of steps to watch the sunset from the top of a mountain which overlooked the whole city and the Alhambra. It was an amazing experience.
Granada is fantastic because with every beer you buy, you get free tapas. And, the tapas get better with the more beer you order. Shamelessly, we spent a whole day drinking beer, eating tapas and shopping from the local Arabic markets. Side note: the markets are pretty cheap and I bought all my family’s souvenirs there.
In Granada, you must see The Alhambra.
- As a UNESCO World Heritage site, this palace is incredibly beautiful. You could easily dedicate a whole day to touring it. A word from the wise, show up early to beat the lines and to get tickets before they sell out! There’s a limited number of tickets you can buy at the box office, then the rest have to be bought in advance online.
- Mae West
- This is a club on steroids. There’s multiple indoor and outdoor bars, it’s open until 7am and there is a huge dance floor that’s very Vegas-club-like. If you want to party all night, this is the place to go
- If you don’t want to go clubbing, there’s bars everywhere. We walked around to various different bars and actually stopped by an Irish pub where we met friends that took us out to some really cool places.
After a few days in Granada, we took the bus back to Sevilla.
We stayed at: Oasis Backpacker’s Palace
- We got tapas and sangria that night in the city center, then walked around for our last night.
The next day, we got back on a plane to Brussels!
Till next time España!