Back from a relaxing few days in Seville with Catherine and Fiona. The plan had included rather more sunbathing by the pool of the lovely Hotel Al Andalus Palace, but the cloud and occasional rain put paid to that. We did manage a couple of afternoon and evenings on the sun loungers – on the first and last days of our five night stay.
Palm trees and clear blue sky, from the poolside, Seville
Instead we swopped sunbathing for shopping – or more accurately mooching around the shops in Seville city centre, and taking time out for food, drink and people watching.
As planned, we indulged our cultural sides too – exploring the Cathedral and Alcázar in Seville and making a day trip to Córdoba on the excellent AVE train system (aka TGV, Spanish style).
Córdoba old town was lovely – but must be so much better under blue skies and blazing sunshine. We didn’t really have the chance to appreciate the benefits of the cool calm interior of the Mezquita mosque/cathedral or the roman bridge across the Guadalquivir, or the shady narrow alleyways. That didn’t stop us from enjoying an ice cream or two though.
Definitely places to go back to – very moorish (ho ho). Even Ryanair there and back worked out OK.