Home of flamenco dancing and bullfighting, Andalucia is a popular destination with tourists seeking an authentic slice of Spanish sunshine. With dramatic mountain scenery, sweeping beaches and beautiful historic cities it’s easy to see why this region of Spain entices visitors each year. For the honeymooner looking for a destination that is relaxing yet has plenty to do and see this is a fantastic honeymoon destination.
Seville’s unique combination of Spanish and North African architecture makes the city a fascinating place to take a leisurely stroll or a horse and cart ride around the winding streets. Possibly the most iconic building is the Seville Cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Standing at an impressive 42 metres high from its central nave and covering 11, 520m this intricately designed building is simply breath-taking. A trip inside the cathedral is definitely worth it as you take in the true scale, architectural detail and the cathedral’s fascinating history. It is also possible to climb the bell tower, with stunning views of Seville from the top.
Spend an afternoon at the Plaza de Espana, located in the stunning Parque de Maria Luisa, and leisurely explore this spectacular complex. A beautifully decorated crescent of buildings featuring tiled fountains, walls, benches and ponds, the Plaza de Espana is only accessible over a moat by small picturesque bridges. It is possible to rent a rowing boat and drift round the moat admiring the architecture as you pass. A relaxing day spent at the Plaza de Espana is sure to be a highlight of your honeymoon.
One famous feature of the landscape that courts considerable controversy is La Maestranza Bullring museum. Visitors are guided round the oldest bullring in Spain given a tour of its fascinating history showcasing trophies and paintings of famous bulls and bullfights. Although many of the younger generation in Spain abhor the sport it is an undeniable part of this region’s history (not that I am advocating the tradition).
For a more serene encounter there are a number of beautiful gardens to wander round, including the Parque de Maria Luisa, Jardin Americano and Jardines del Guadalquivir, all perfect for a romantic stroll. Enjoy the shelter from the trees as you explore the beautifully manicured grounds complete with statues, fountains and ponds.
From restaurants serving Spanish classics to contemporary tapas bars offering a new take on the traditional Spanish way of eating, you will be spoilt for choice. Highly recommended is chic tapas bar Barra 9 offering a selection of contemporary delicacies such as Spanish style chicken wings and patatas bravos with salsa and herb sauce. Barra 9 is very popular with the locals so if you arrive at peak time, you may have to wait for a table.
For a more traditional dining experience venture to El Riconcillo, the oldest tapas bar in Seville, with an equally well established restaurant at the back. Choose from favourite Spanish meals including paella, sea bass and suckling pig. The interior of the restaurant is rustically Andalucian and your bar tab is even written in chalk on the bar. Take on a truly authentic Spanish tradition and sample iberico ham (cured ham) with a glass of sherry before your evening meal.
Spain is fantastic honeymoon destination and Seville holds a particularly special place in my heart. The beautiful and warm people, the glorious culture, the food and the atmosphere combine to make this city and this province a glorious and romantic escape .