The twisting alleyways and traditional whitewashed houses add to the tourist charm of this barrio. On some streets, bars alternate with antiques and souvenir shops, but most of the quarter is quiet and residential. On the Plaza Alianza, pause to enjoy the antiques shops and outdoor cafés. In the Plaza de Doña Elvira, with its fountain and azulejo (painted tile) benches, young Sevillanos gather to play guitars. Just around the corner from the hospital,
at Callejón del Agua and Jope de Rueda, Gioacchino Rossini's Figaro serenaded Rosina on her Plaza Alfaro balcony. Adjoining the Plaza Alfaro, in the Plaza Santa Cruz, flowers and orange trees surround a 17th-century filigree iron cross, which marks the site of the erstwhile church of Santa Cruz, destroyed by Napoléon's General Jean-de-Dieu Soult.
Seville, 41004, Spain
Apr 9, 2003
Contrary to another rating, getting lost in the serpentine streets of the Jewish Quarter is half the fun. At one point, my husband and I came to a "T" and looked both ways trying to figure out which way to go. A local came by and said, "Isn't this fun?!" We couldn't have agreed more. However, if you are to be somewhere at a certain time (flamenco performance), make sure you map out your route before you go, or allow plenty of time. The Barrio is for
meandering and being leisurely, not for getting anywhere fast.
Apr 7, 2003
Take a whole day and wander around the barrio Santa Cruz. It is filled with great little cafes and restaurants. Great place to take pictures. Just try not to get lost.