Santa Cruz, Seville

Santa Cruz, Seville represents the Jewish quarter of this Spanish city and contains many of the best known tourist sights. If you are wondering what’s Santa Cuz like, or why visit this historic centre, this is the travel article for you. I’ll show you the best things to see and do in Santa Cruz, Seville.

In a nut shell, Santa Cruz a warren of picturesque whitewashed streets along side the cavernous Seville Cathedral and the splendid Real Alcazar. If you visit Seville, you would definitely want to visit this historic and exciting area.

Winding streets full of shops and eateries are interspersed by bright squares where cafes spread out their tables.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Beautiful Squares.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Shops.

Enticing glimpses of ornate bell towers peak over rooftops.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Decorative bell tower.

Highly decorated buildings are everywhere, colourful and tiled in the local style.

Santa Cruz, Seville. A Travel Article.

Charming narrow streets are lined with lime and orange trees.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Fruit Trees.

Santa Cruz, Seville. A Religious City.

Tall buildings and trees allow for shade in sun drenched days,

Santa Cruz, Seville. Narrow Streets.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Trees.

and round every corner people enjoy eating and drinking in the open air.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Alfresco Dining.

On reaching Seville Cathedral, it’s Gothic immensity is breathtaking.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gothic Cathedral.

We found an entrance, but discovered there are many. This part may be used by locals for worship today.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Cathedral Alter.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Decorative Cathedral.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Mother And Child.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Many Cathedral Doors.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Statues On Cathedral.

Look out for this simple cross, nearby we spotted people passing through some iron gates into the main entrance.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Cross By Cathedral.

Gothic architecture sets off this sculpture beautifully. It is actually the weather vane that was once on top of the bell tower. It depicts Faith and therefore is given the name La Giralda.

Santa Cruz, Seville. La Giralda.

Santa Cruz, Seville. La Giralda By The Cathedral.

Inside there is a ceiling of gold. There is a mirror to save you looking up.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Golden Ceiling.

Built on the sight of a great mosque, work on this Christian cathedral began in 1401.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Ceiling Of Gold In Cathedral.

Sunlight flows through the colourful windows and bounce off the walls.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Cathedral Ceiling.

The only way to tell that this is the largest cathedral in Europe is by looking up at the length of the ceiling. The floor space is full of enormous structures.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Inside The Cathedral.

The Cathedral organ looms darkly.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Cathedral Organ.

It’s incredibly decorative…

Santa Cruz, Seville. Decorative Organ In Cathedral.

A breath taking sculpted river of gold.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gold panels Inside Cathedral.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Cathedral Crypt.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Details In Cathedral.

The bell tower is called La Giralda after the bronze weather vane that was positioned on top.

Santa Cruz, Seville. La Giralda.

Superb views over the city can be seen from it’s top. But, not for us today – too many things to fit in already!

Santa Cruz, Seville. La Giralda. Cathedral Tower.

We head through the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, where horse drawn carriages trot round the fountain and giant oranges are ripening on the trees.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Plaza Virgen de los Reyes.

We pass the souvenir shops and tapas bars as we make our way towards the Plaza Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Back Streets.

This small but pretty square is a garden. Standing at it’s centre is an ornate iron cross from 1692.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Ornate Iron Cross In Park.

We join an alley alongside the Alcazar walls. Washington Irving lived at number 2 and has attracted lots of tourists. It feels like a fashion cat walk and we strut our stuff.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tourist sights.

We follow the paths twists and turns,

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tiny Streets.

and pass through enchanting hidden away squares.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Small Square.

Until we find ourselves on familiar ground.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Old Gate.

Next major tick for us is the Real Alcazar, Seville’s Royal Palace. I can’t wait.

I’m determined to think about the exquisite Mudejar craftsmanship, regal grandeur and beautifully landscaped gardens, and not just ‘Game of Thrones’, which filmed many scenes here.

Santa Cruz, Seville. The Entrance To The Real Alcazar.

There was a queue through the Plaza del Triunfo, which gave us a minute to appreciate the statues.

This one celebrates the triumph of the city over an earthquake in 1755 (Lisbon was devastated). It was believed that the cities devotion to the Virgin Mary saved them.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Plaza del Triunfo.

Gorgeous horses work so hard to show us tourists the best of Seville and trot through the plaza regularly.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Horse Drawn Carriage.

We queued through the Lion’s Gate (Puerta del Leon), set in an impressive defensive wall built during the 12th century. The heraldic lion poses over the entrance.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Puerta del Leon.

This old section dates to 1116 when a fortress-like palace known as the Al-Muwarak (the Blessed) was built.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Al-Muwarak.

We keep with the oldest sections and explore the Hall of Justice.

It was the first Mudejar construction, added in the mid-14th century.

Santa Cruz, Seville. The Hall of Justice.

Decorated with schematic plaster work. In the centre there was a fountain with a narrow water channel connected to a pool. Later it became a courtroom.

Santa Cruz, Seville. The Decorative Hall of Justice.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Water Channels In The Real Alcazar.

Through the ancient arch you see the newer Palace and the Patio de la Montería. It is named after the hunters (monteros) who met here with the King Pedro I before they went out hunting.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Arch Leading To The Patio de la Montería, Real Alcatraz.

From the patio you see the original palace of King Pedro I. Its facade is decorated in Mudéjar style with lobed arched windows and blind arches.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Original Palace Of King Pedro I.

Stepping inside James and I are blown away by the detailing. We take photo after photo.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Santa Cruz, Seville represents the Jewish quarter of this Spanish city and contains many of the best known tourist sights. If you are wondering what's Santa Cuz like, or why visit this historic centre, this is the travel article for you. I'll show you the best things to see and do in Santa Cruz, Seville.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Inside The Real Alcatraz.

‘Come see what we’ve found’

Santa Cruz, Seville. Beautiful Tiles Inside The Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Real Alcatraz - Ceiling.

‘Come on, this way!’

Santa Cruz, Seville. Exploring Real Alcatraz.

We reached highly decorated Hall after stunning Hall.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Courtyard In Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. The Halls Of Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville represents the Jewish quarter of this Spanish city and contains many of the best known tourist sights. If you are wondering what's Santa Cuz like, or why visit this historic centre, this is the travel article for you. I'll show you the best things to see and do in Santa Cruz, Seville...

This is the Hall of the Embassador used for ceremonial events. The stunning gilded dome is made of interlaced wood.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gold Ceiling In Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Real Alcatraz Gold Ceiling.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Decorative Details In Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Beautiful Real Alcatraz.

In the centre is the Patio de las Doncellas, the main courtyard of the palace. This was the hub of public life in the palace of Pedro I. From the patio, named after the ladies (doncellas) who spent much of their time here, you can reach several halls.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Taking Photos In Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Courtyard Real Alcatraz.

Charlotte hanging out like a doncella.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Real Alcatraz Courtyard.

I loved the ancient wooden doors. They must have been so bright.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Ancients Doors Within The Real Alcatraz.

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Ancient Santa Cruz, Seville.

We find our way to the Flowers Garden.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Discovering Real Alcatraz.

This garden is separated into rooms and unripe oranges hang over head.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Garden Rooms Of Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Citrus Fruit Trees.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Water Feature At Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Real Alcatraz Garden Patios.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Ancient Tiled Seat.

This enchanting gateway leads you to the larger gardens filled with lawns and trees.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gate Into The Real Alcatraz Garden.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Visiting The Real Alcatraz Gardens.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Trees In The Garden Of Real Alcatraz.

All surrounded by the enormous protective walls.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Walls Of Real Alcatraz.

 

Santa Cruz, Seville. Fountain In Garden Of Real Alcatraz.

Garden Of Real Alcatraz. Santa Cruz, Seville represents the Jewish quarter of this Spanish city and contains many of the best known tourist sights. If you are wondering what's Santa Cuz like, or why visit this historic centre, this is the travel article for you. I'll show you the best things to see and do in Santa Cruz, Seville.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gardens Of Real Alcatraz...

Santa Cruz, Seville. Fruit In TheGardens Of Real Alcatraz.

James is the technical member of the family and achieves some wonderful intimate and arty photos.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Fountain In TheGarden Of Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Water Fountain.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Garden Real Alcatraz.

The Grotto Gallery overlooks the Alcazar gardens.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Walls Of Real Alcatraz.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Enjoying The Gardens Of Real Alcatraz.

The Mercury pond is an old swimming pool which collected water from the Roman aqueduct. By 1575 it was changed to a pond. Eventually, a renaissance bronze of the God Mercury was placed as it’s centre-piece.

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Santa Cruz, Seville. Water Feature Of Real Alcatraz Garden.

Entering back inside through these imposing gates.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gates From The Real Alcatraz Gardens.

Real Alcazar. Santa Cruz, Seville represents the Jewish quarter of this Spanish city and contains many of the best known tourist sights. If you are wondering what's Santa Cuz like, or why visit this historic centre, this is the travel article for you. I'll show you the best things to see and do in Santa Cruz, Seville.

We enter a Gothic style hall full of tapestries and azulejos.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Gothic Hall Of Real Alcazar.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tapestry In Real Alcazar.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tiles In Real Alcazar.

The complex is a maze of halls, where monarchs over centuries have expanded. We found a small chapel.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Chapel In Real Alcazar.

Some areas are still hidden. Today’s Royals regularly use the upstairs. I wonder if that’s why this petite courtyard is kept behind locked gates.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Private Courtyard, Real Alcazar.

Another secret world are the numerous tunnels beneath the palace. Charlotte was convinced she could hear voices.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tunnels Beneath Real Alcazar.

There are a number of intimate courtyards. Everything is designed with the blistering Spanish heat in mind.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Intimate Courtyard.

We leave by the ‘Alighting Area’ where the old stables are found.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Stables In Real Alcazar.

Back on the streets, heads crammed with new things learnt and tired legs, we are nearly ready to head back.

Santa Cruz, Seville

The men are really enjoying learning about the locally reared and cured Iberico ham. We pass a rather masculine looking deli and they leaped inside.

 

The serious business of buying packs of ham to take home began. Lots of samples were tasted and compared. Some were creamy, some intense.

We’ve never seen so many, but we are in the world famous area of the Iberico pigs.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Iberico Ham Shop.

Everything looked of a great quality but all attention was on the melt in the mouth cured ham.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Food Shop.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Food Sampling In Ham Shop.

A selection was made and gifts were bought. They have a year to eat them all, but I suspect it won’t last that long!

Santa Cruz, Seville. Local Foods.

Heading back to Hotel Alfonzo XIII in the Parque Maria Luisa area we pass through grand streets full of shops,

Santa Cruz, Seville. Arcitecture.

Santa Cruz, Seville. Street Scene.

and a tram that whizzed by in the wrong direction for us!

Santa Cruz, Seville. Tram.

Santa Cruz, Seville is a must-do area when you visit this city. And compared with many other cities, we found Seville very good value for money!

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