What to do in Seville and Granada?

Old Sep 4th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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What to do in Seville and Granada?

I will be travelling to Spain soon and will be stopping in Granada and Seville. Any thoughts on what we should do while we're there and where we should stay? thanks!!
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Old Sep 4th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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In Seville, you can see the cathedral, alcazar, bull ring (tour but not an actual fight depending on when you are there), wander the various neighborhoods, climb the bell tower, take a carriage ride, etc. We used a guide named Connie - my trip report has her full name and contact info. She took our family for the morning on a walking tour and then we met up with a few others for the cathedral tour in the afternoon. Highly recommend her! We stayed at Alfonso XIII - well located and beautiful but pricey - don't know your budget. Obviously in in Granada, you'll want to visit the alhambra.
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Don't miss the flamenco shows in Sevilla. It was one of the best things we did there. Also, it's really fun to stop by a local bar in the afternoon and eat tapas. In Granada, I would recommend staying at the Parador that is part of the Alhambra...it's a wonderful experience. Also, my secret tip...drink the orange juice in So. Spain...it is so amazing!
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There's lots to see in both places. The Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens in Granada--also the Albayzin. We wandered the back streets, where there are interesting shops, even if you're a non-shopper, as I am. We stayed in Hotel Inglaterra. Very pretty and centrally located.

Sevilla is a delight to wander through. The Alcazar isn't as large or as ornate as the Alhambra, but it has much to offer as well, and the cathedral is interesting. I enjoyed strolling through the gardens there as well. There are lots of great back streets there as well. Sevilla is absolutely one of my favorite cities.

You won't lack for things to see and do at either place.
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sevilla: do not miss the second story of casa de pilatos.

casa de la memoria ..a one hour (or so)flamenco guitar/singer in historic porticoed patio for small group.
very intimate and the show changes daily. no drink. no dinner.

go for at least a drink at the fine hotel alfonso XIII. gorgeous interior.
also, take a carriage ride as soon as you get there to see the most important monuments sitting down .

granada: visit the tombs of the catholic kings, ferdinand and isabel and their child/ren. beautiful alabaster tombs.

have an appetif on the terrace of the parador overlooking the gardens if you can find a table!

-buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in long lines , or even risking not getting in the day you want.

if you are driving from the east to granada, stop at guadix to see the cave houses. quite interesting.

and if you are driving to sevilla,or have some extra time for a bus there, carmona is quaint and lovely.

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Did anyone mention the Plaza España and the park where it's located. This building was used in the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" when he returned to Cairo.

This park and the building was built for the worlds fair in 1929. This was for the Queen ???? who was in charge at that time.

This whole complex is worth a half-day or more. Beautiful.

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The Lawrence of Arabia shots are of the Museo de Costumbres Populares, very near the Plaza de España. This Plaza appears in Star Wars, episode Two.
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Again, not far from Sevilla has the Coto Doñona park. This was filmed for the sand dunes in the film Lawrence of Arabia.

It's a good day trip from Sevilla and this is one of Europe's largest wild park.

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the "obligatory carriage ride" will take you right past that wondeful photo opportunity.

and we loved the costume muesum
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