We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Nancy, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Nancy is from Barcelona, and submitted the following report about Seville. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
Easy to navigate by foot, one wanders Seville with its colorful ceramics on restaurant facades, doorway borders, street signs, and markets. Magenta bougainvillaea cascades over balconies. A photographer's dream.
I especially love Maria Louisa Park with its fountains, ceramic benches and balustrades. As the site of the 1929 World's Fair, one half mile of orange trees and Mediterranean pines allow for a canopy during the hot months. Ponds, flower beds, statues, and pavilions are scattered about.
Walking the Triana Bridge gives views of the city especially beautiful at night. I love bridges and crisscrossing the city by bridge gives one different perspectives of this old city.
Crossing the Triana Bridge from the main part of the city is the Triana Market. Spicy sausages, rabbits, eggs, and dozens of varieties of cheese are for sale. The market was built over a medieval prison that transforms that energy into a place that is loved by the city. Perfect shopping for a picnic along the river. The stalls are decorated with colorful tiles.
Friendly people congregate outside bars during the warm months to eat delectable tapas and drink wine. Often, you will hear syncopated clapping followed by the singing of old songs.
My favorite tapas bar is Hijos de E. Morales. Owned by the same family since the 1800's, wine barrels line the wall over the bar. The tapas are excellent. Shrimp and chunks of garlic cooked and served in a terra cotta dish. Fava beans with sausage. Cheese plates with six types of cheese. And if this is not enough, hundreds of tapas bars are packing them in throughout the city.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 3 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)