On the second day of our stay in Seville, we tried to wake up very early in the morning to visit Plaza de España, a plaza built in 1928 with a mixture of Moorish and Spanish architecture. The exotic Plaza de España charmed us with its the vastness, vibrant tiles and the tranquility. We wandered around the grounds enjoying the morning sun, there is truly nothing better than mornings in Seville.
Colorful parks filled with Nerium Oleander trees, offering much-needed shadows to escape the heat and benches styled with colorful local tiles. We made our way through this flower heaven and had our second coffee of the day.
After walking the morning away we headed back to our apartment to rest our bodies. Siesta time offers the perfect excuse to freshen up and change your outfit in Spain.
Zara cropped top (here)
Cult Gaia Bag (here)
Around lunchtime, the first stop was El Riconcillo, the oldest bar in town and by far our favorite eatery in Seville. We had two birre to cool down and then two more competing with the old ladies next to us. One thing we loved about Spain is that people do not shy away, although we had no common language to communicate they would keep talking to us. From what I understood, they were worried about our food (which was so tasty by the way) will cool down while we’re taking pictures.
There is one more thing to be said about the entertainment scene in Seville; we were so surprised to see people of all ages from infants to elders in their pubs, even late at night, way too late for German standards.
The first day of our sightseeing we came upon Palacio de las Dueñas, that for a bizarre reason was not in our itinerary. I was drawn by the luscious bougainvilleas of the place, I had a peek at through their closing bars the first day. We met two gentlemen, exiting the gates that day who strongly advised us to visit in the afternoon to avoid the tourist crowds. So after our lunch and a double espresso, a very short walk from El Riconcillo, we arrived at Palacio de las Dueñas. The palace was open to the tourists only in 2016, and we felt so blessed to be there at the right time. Although the Alcázar of Seville is one the most popular palace of Seville, if you do not have much time in this city I would highly recommend visiting Palacio de las Dueñas instead. One of our highlights of this trip!
The palace belongs to the Duke of Alba and if the name tells you nothing then let me remind you of the wedding of the Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart in 2011 at the age of 85 to Alfonso Diez, 24 years her junior. The wedding was so popular in the media back then; even if you have no idea about the Spanish Roal Family like me you will have heard of the Duchess of Alba, who truly had a remarkable life in my opinion.
Second outfit Rio dress from Artfusioncopenhagen (here)
Bionda Castana sling backs
Fourdi bag (here)
We spent hours at this place and although it’s very first there just so much to see and learn about. We tacked cameras and phones in our bags the first time and simply walked around to enjoy the beauty of it while listening to the history of the palace and the Albas family. The second day in Seville couldn’t have been better. Stay tuned for part three!