Some more colourful snaps of our exploration of Seville now and I am especially captivated by this vivid orange building.
The yellow trim pops against the hot orange walls and the detailed traditional tiles.
I also love these fragrant selections of spices that are just begging to be sniffed.
Seville is packed to the hilt with delightful traditional tiles, known as Azulejo. They are a form painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework and adorn many buildings.
Then there’s rows of delicious tourist tat commemorating all things sterotypically Spanish like guitars, fans and flamenco dancers.
Escape the hordes in the main square and duck into some of the quieter back streets to be rewarded with simple architecture in pastel shades.
I love the castellated walls of this rich ochre building set against the clear blue sky.
Then it’s back to the main square to see if the hellishly long queues to get into the cathedral have died down – tip, get there very early or go in an hour before closing time, or you’ll spend all day in a hot, angry line . .
Next on our Spainish tour is the beautiful cathedral city of Seville – capital of Andalusia.
First tourist snap of the day is the intriguing Torre del Oro or Tower of Gold. It is one of two anchor points for a large chain that would have been able to block the river and was used as a defence for the city to stop large ships floating up.
*Wikipedia alert* Constructed in the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials mortar, lime and pressed hay.
Then we get the first glimpse of the lovely Cathedral, framed by palms and purple jacaranda trees.
Its official title is Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See and was completed in the 16th century.
*More Wikipedia* It’s the third-largest church in the world as well as the largest Gothic church.
The world’s two largest churches – the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida and St. Peter’s Basilica – are not the seats of bishops so Seville Cathedral is still the largest cathedral in the world.
Aint she a beauty! Lots more to come from this lovely city soon.
The white towns of Andalusia, known as Pueblos Blancos are a series of towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Malaga.
All of the villages are characterised by bundles of houses with whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs
Although we didn’t have time to extensively tour these little hidden gems, we did make it to one – Olvera.
The main monument of this city is itself.
A phrase that exemplifies this reality is “Olvera is a street, a church and a castle, BUT what a street, what a church and what a castle!”, for that reason Olvera was declared a Protected Area of Artistic and Historical Importance in 1983.
At the very tip of the town is the church Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (the Parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation) next to the Arabic Castle.
From here you have a panoramic view over the picturesque red tiled roofs and whitewashed homes.
There is also a cemetery at the top of the village where you can see the traditional, stacked style of burials favoured in the area.
As you wander the sunwashed, crazy paved alleyways, it’s like passing by whitewashed high rises for the dead.