Jaw-dropping architecture, vibrant streets with blooming orange trees, gorgeous people, cheap tapas, beer and tinto–Sevilla is easily one of my favorite cities so far.
I knew I’d love Sevilla after talking to one of my close friends (shout-out to the lovely Jenn Sanchez!) who spent a month this past summer doing an intensive language immersion home-stay. I had the opportunity to spend Easter break visiting my roommate in college, Tamara, who is currently studying in Sevilla. The moment I got off the bus from Madrid, I could feel the intensity of the city joining together in celebration for their Easter rituals, as men dressed in cultural attire gathered together along with the rest of the city. We could barely get through the streets to the residencia it was so packed. Accidentally speaking in Italian, all I could do was laugh as we made our way to the front of the scene to experience my first paso. I quickly realized, Semana Santa is a religious holiday that is taken very seriously in Sevilla. After meeting Tamara’s speaking partner, he educated us about the importance of the procesións and led us through the crowds.
The pride Sevillanos have about their beautiful city is contagious and refreshing. The intricate Moorish architecture reminded me of Morocco and unlike most cities commercialized by tourism, this city still embodies its own sense of awe in their own culture, which I loved.
*Traveling from Perugia to Sevilla took close to 16 hours of multiple trains, 1 plane, and 1 bus. After arriving in Madrid, ‘Socibus’ can take you from Madrid to the center of Sevilla in 6 hours for only 22 euros.