FROM TOP: COURTESY OF HOTEL ALFONSO X III (2); COURTESY OF HOSPES L AS CASAS DEL RE Y DE BAE Z A
CLOCKWISE: A guestroom with Moorish decor at Hotel Alfonso XIII; the striking suite bathroom at the hotel; terrace deck of Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza Hotel.
Running parallel to it is Calle Sierpes. And together they make Seville’s upscale shopping district. After the cobbled roads, I felt a slight incline that led me to Metropol Parasol, an example of Seville’s modern architecture. The structure looks like a giant mushroom, though the light around sunset is brilliant for taking panoramic photos of the city. I thought I had seen enough but Seville without ﬂamenco is incomplete. And even though the distances between these sights isn’t much, the wealth of information that comes along is enormous. I made my way to the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum), where I participated in my pre-booked class, amusing everyone around with my out-of-sync steps. Later that evening, as I sat to witness the outstanding performance, I once again felt overwhelmed by the passion and energy of this city. With darkness in the lanes and dim yellow lights in each corner, I assumed that perhaps the bikes would have reduced. I was surprised yet again as it made me realise that this was simply their way of life. After my dinner at Seville’s oldest bar, El Rinconcillo, I happened to step out and bump into a cyclist. As an Indian, we seem to always expect road rage, but he cooly reminded me that I had breached the cycleway partition, and went on. Perhaps, that’s the charm of Seville and its bike culture—it’s fun, it makes discovering any alien city an exhilarating experience, and it keeps people cheerful. LUXE STAY Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza; hospes.com Palacio de Villapanés; palaciovillapanes.com Corral del Rey; corraldelrey.com
5 FILMS SHOT IN SEVILLE 1 Lawrence of Arabia (1962): You’ll see the Royal Alcazar and the Plaza de Espana featured. 2 Star Wars Episode II:
Attack of the Clones (2002): Features Plaza de Espana again.
3 Game of Thrones (Season
5): Beautifully shot within the Royal Alcazar.
4 Knight and Day (2010):
The longest bike chase sequence in the movie was shot around Seville’s oldest bullring and Cathedral.
5 Kingdom of Heaven (2005):
The Andalusian palace, Casa de Pilatos makes an appearance in the movie.
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