Category Archives: Seville

Seville: the throbbing heart of Spain?

The chance of spending a few days in Seville was too tempting to ignore. Mid-January, cool temperatures, few tourists….but a near certain guarantee of sunshine without the blistering temperatures of the summer. Seville is one of my favourite cities in Spain.

CIMG9729It not only has a jaw-dropping past to discover, but the result of centuries of Moorish occupation, and the 16th century expansion of the Spanish empire meant that Seville became one of the wealthiest places on earth. And it still shows today.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

The huge, monstrous Gothic Cathedral (3rd largest in Europe) may not be to everyone’s taste, but the arrival of Columbus’ bones 115 years ago (and his dead bones have travelled almost as many miles as when he was alive) reunited Seville with the man who put the city on the map.

Columbus' tomb

Columbus’ tomb

If your taste is for sumptuous Moorish palaces, with exotic tiling, stucco ceilings and huge scented water gardens, then the Real Alcázar needs to be on your itinerary.

Real Alcázar

Real Alcázar

If you want to dig and delve into Spain’s expansion across the Atlantic and, indeed, across the Pacific to the Phillipines, then you need to pay a visit to the grandiose building that houses the Archive of the Indies.

Archive of the Indies

Archive of the Indies

Nor would a panoramic view of the whole city go amiss. One of the best places is on the terrace of the Golden Tower (Torre de Oro), right next to the River Guadalquivir. One theory about its name is that it was the place where all the gold and silver from the colonies was stored when the galleons arrived from the Americas.

Torre de Oro

Torre de Oro

But a visit to Seville cannot be complete without immersing yourself in the history and the culture of Flamenco, and attending a live flamenco performanceCIMG9791

…nor sampling the local finos and manzanillas

Solomillitos (left), stuffed aubergine (middle), cuttlefish (right)

Solomillitos (left), stuffed aubergine (middle), cuttlefish (right)

…to accompany any of the immense array of tapas decorating the counters of bars and restaurants.

If, perchance, this is still not enough excitement for you, try going to Seville for the Holy Week processions, with their powerful, emotional dirge-like rhythms…

Holy Week:

Holy Week:

…or two weeks later, the sumptuous exhilaration of the April Fair (Feria de abril)……you will not be disappointed.

Cycling | Travel | Adventure | Podcast

The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

Vintage Bicycle Odyssey

Ocean's world from the saddle of his 1984 Specialized Expedition

It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver - Mahatma Gandhi.

Matildas Musings

A blog written by Matilda - the "old lady" classic tandem - and her Musings about her adventures, trials and tribulations with the "old git" and Chief Pilot, aka Colin and the "old gal" and Chief Stoker (as well as Chief Engineer) aka Diane.

Fit Recovery

Stay Clean Get Fit

Northern Walker

Lightweight backpacking, hillwalking and bicycle touring adventures in Northern England and Scotland

Looking For 42

Traveling the world looking for the meaning for life (and whatever else I might find along the way)

Off The Beaten Path

All contents ©2019 Rene Herse Cycles.


KITESURFING, CYCLING, SUP: ramblings, idiocy and not much more

Cycling Dutch Girl

the only certainty is change


Brians Blog...


On a bicycle from coast to coast across the USA

Self Propelled

Self propelled adventures through life; blogging on cycling, touring, micro-adventures, general shenanigans, and environmental news


Cycling across Europe, Cornwall to Munich

The Vicious Cycle

A man searches for between leg shavings

2 l o v e c y c l i n g

It's about cycling ... and other travels

There And Back Again

Life at 15 miles per hour

As Easy As Riding A Bike

Well it should be, shouldn't it?

Bike Around Britain

Blog on cycling around the coast of Britain

David Noble's Blog

Life, Loves and Living


The Weston Front - the destination of a road less travelled...

The Innocent Bikestander

It can be better

Bike, Banjo & Baby

They go together so well

Something for Kiki and the Pok

the adventures of Christopher Yardin - by plane, bike, through a lens, or the eyes of a child


Cycling Blog

Richard Tulloch's LIFE ON THE ROAD

Travel adventures on wheels and legs


................."Cherry picking the nicest places in the world to cycle"

Gippsland Granny

Musings from Metung

Serendipities of life

Taking the road less travelled

I Do Not Despair

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells

Tom’s Bike Trip

Adventures and experiments in two-wheeled travel

All Seasons Cyclist

Real World Product Reviews For Avid Cyclists

machacas on wheels

Taking the road less travelled

%d bloggers like this: