Triana, Seville

Triana, Seville is an enchanting working class area across the river, famous for it’s gypsy community breeding flamenco dancers, sailors and bullfighters. Full of narrow cobbled streets with rows of colourful houses displaying flowers give it a romantic atmosphere. If you are visiting Seville and looking for things to do  it is well worth adding to your itinerary. You wouldn’t need more than 1/2 a day (we took about 3-4 hours).

We’ll show the the best things to see and do as you stroll around this neighbourhood of Seville, Spain.

We started off on foot in the grander area of Santa Cruz. But you can take a horse drawn carriage to the other areas of Seville from there.

Triana, Seville. Characteristic balconies.

 

I have conflicting views about taking a horse drawn carriage, so I take some time checking this beauty over. With my untutored eye, he doesn’t seem too tired and seems well cared for.

 

Triana, Seville. Horse Drawn Carriage.

 

So, we hop on and enjoy a short ride to the Puente de Isabel II. A bridge that connects Triana to El Arenal, the area of Seville that holds the world famous bullring.

But, we are busy falling apart because James was sitting comfortably until the (rather large) driver snuggled his butt right into the back of James head.

 

Triana, Seville. Enjoying A Horse Drawn Carriage.

 

Triana, Seville. Laughing.

 

Triana, Seville. Travelling By Carriage.

 

We were soon leaving the Santa Cruz area and heading towards the river through the El Arenal area.

Elaborate churches were round every corner.

 

Church In Triana, Seville.

 

We spotted bustling restaurants.

 

 

Triana, Seville. Restaurant.

 

We took photos left and right enjoying the architecture and history of the area.

 

Triana, Seville

 

Triana, Seville. Architecture.

 

Triana, Seville. Elaborate Architecture.

 

We finally reach the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the 18th century bullring. Not my bag, but interesting to see.

 

Triana, Seville. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

 

Triana, Seville. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

 

Off hoof and on our own feet now we enter the market on the El Arenal side of the bridge. Much more our cup of tea, besides we’d worked up an appetite laughing so much.

 

Triana, Seville. Market On The El Arenal Side Of The River.

 

Not all the stands were open, but we weren’t planning to make omelettes, so no matter.

Tempting lunches were prepared and ready.

 

Triana, Seville. Markets.

 

Jambon, of course. The region is world famous for it’s Iberico de Bellota.

 

Triana, Seville. Iberico de Bellota.

 

Triana, Seville. Iberico de Bellota At Market.

 

Exciting looking ice-creams were there as a cool temptation.

 

Triana, Seville. Ice-creams.

 

This lady was just warming the chocolate fountain and preparing fresh strawberries.

 

Triana, Seville. Market Place.

 

Triana, Seville. Chocolate Fountains.

 

This was too much for Charlotte, who happily caved in and enjoyed a strawberry kebab.

 

Triana, Seville. Chocolate Strawberries.

 

The men snacked on cones full of cured ham pieces and strong coffee.

 

Triana, Seville. Market Tables.

 

The market has outside seating by the river overlooking the bridge. We took a stroll along to look at Triana on the other side.

 

Triana, Seville. Bridge.

 

Triana, Seville. Walk Along The River.

 

Triana, Seville

 

Triana, Seville. Across The River.

 

Only on family city breaks can you nurse a hangover, walk for unseemly hours everyday, get rained on (regularly) and still feel blissfully happy.

 

Triana, Seville. On The Bridge.

 

Capilita del Carmen, a pretty little chapel, sits at the Triana end of the impressive iron bridge.

 

Triana, Seville. Capilita del Carmen.

 

Off the bridge you enter straight onto the Plaza del Altozano. Wrought-iron, glass-fronted balconies are a particular feature here.

 

Triana, Seville. The Market Street.

 

Lively eateries and bars fill the street ahead,

 

Triana, Seville. Ornate Windows.

 

with very few seeming to notice the showery weather.

 

Triana, Seville. Main Street.

 

We turn off to enjoy the quieter back streets.

Triana has been famous for it’s potteries since early times and you still find a number of romantic workshops still selling tiles and ceramics.

 

Triana, Seville. Ceramic Shop.

 

Triana, Seville. Narrow Streets.

 

Triana, Seville. Beautiful Windows.

 

Triana, Seville. Beautiful Balconies.

 

The narrow streets are intimate and many are residential still. It feels cheerful, even in this gloomy weather, with bright colours everywhere.

 

Triana, Seville. Yellow Streets.

Triana, Seville

 

We’ve reached the other end of the main bustling street, but we duck into the side streets on the other side.

 

Triana, Seville. The Market Place.

 

A white and ochre street is named after the Andalusian sailor who lived here. He was the first to spot the New World on Columbus’s epic voyage of 1492.

 

Triana, Seville. Ochre Street.

 

James takes photos which capture this unique area.

 

Triana, Seville. Bricked Streets.

 

Triana, Seville. Winding Streets.

 

We all become snap happy. Loving what we see round every turn.

 

Triana, Seville. Tourist.

 

Triana, Seville. Tourists.

 

Many windows are so beautiful.

 

Triana, Seville. Beautiful Homes.

 

Triana, Seville. Pretty Windows.

 

Feeling worn out but happy, a very excited hubby has spotted a local bar. He has local Sherry on his mind and we are all involved.

If drinking very dry sherry means I get to sit for a minute, I’ll go with it.

 

Triana, Seville. Sherry Bar.

 

Hubby’s pigeon Spanish has worked and we appear to be getting some home-brew.

 

Triana, Seville. Sherry.

 

 

This is a sailors chapel just opposite, built in the 1700’s, but looking bright in the afternoon sun.

 

Triana, Seville. Sailors Chapel.

 

Triana, Seville. Colourful Street.

 

 

Round the next corner the 13th century Iglesia de Santa Ana, the oldest Parish church in Seville, stands proud and freshly restored.

 

Triana, Seville. Iglesia de Santa Ana.

 

Triana, Seville. Iglesia de Santa Ana .

 

Pots of pretty flowering plants hang from many balconies.

 

Triana, Seville. Flowers And Balconies.

 

Down seemingly random streets, beautiful religious ceramic art fills a wall.

 

Triana, Seville. Cafe.

Triana, Seville. Mosaic.

 

Triana, Seville. Brightly Coloured Streets.

 

We made our way back to the river, spotting the bullring in El Arenal. How the working class men from this area must have dreamt of being bullfighters and all that came with it.

 

Triana, Seville. River View.

 

Bright water front homes,

 

Triana, Seville. River Front Homes.

 

Triana, Seville. View Of The Bridge.

 

Back towards the Puente de Isabel II (bridge), the intricate little chapel appears over the stone steps.

 

Triana, Seville. Chapel On The Bridge.

 

Leaving Triana now we head back towards the El Arenal and spot the 13th century Tower of Gold, the Torre del Oro. Once there to protect the port, it’s now a maritime museum.

There used to be a sister tower in Triana. As well as using canon, a huge chain would be linked across the river to prevent foreign ships travelling further upstream.

 

Triana, Seville. View Down The River.

 

If Triana, Seville has got your inner travel bug excited check out other areas in Seville – Parque Maria Luisa and Santa Cruz. We also have 5 amazing restaurants in Seville to recommend to you.

Just outside Seville is a Roman city of Italica.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Andy
    November 18, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Truly beautiful post. I really enjoyed it