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Romantic sights of Seville

By: SUZY TURNER

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Suzy Turner has lived in Portugal for 22 years and works as a freelance writer. As well as putting pen to paper for The Resident’s travel section, she contributes to the beauty, parenting and fashion columns and is also our Features Editor.

HAVING VISITED a few years ago and had the most wonderful time, my husband and I recently headed back to Seville to celebrate ten years of marriage.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, we could only manage one night in this beautiful city.

Arriving on the outskirts of Seville late evening, we proceeded to drive around for another two hours trying to find the hotel!

Having booked online and got a fantastic deal, we neglected to realise the

A different perspective at the Plaza.
A different perspective at the Plaza.

Hotel Eme Fusion had only opened a few months previously and didn’t yet have any signs anywhere – and the website’s map would not open!

After asking two taxi drivers and phoning the hotel for directions, we were still no closer to finding it. All we knew was that it was right next to the cathedral – you’d think we would be able to find a cathedral, wouldn’t you?!

In the end, squabbling among ourselves and becoming increasingly irritable, I hopped out of our car and into a cab and my husband followed behind.

Amazingly, we had never been that far from the hotel – had we been on foot, we would have found it within minutes! But the multitude of narrow one way streets we had to navigate before being dropped off at the hotel had us totally confused.

It was 11.30pm Spanish time. We were exhausted, starving and irritable. However, the moment we stepped inside the hotel, all our irks melted away … it was the most amazing place we had ever stepped foot in.

The staff were quick to make us feel welcome, booking us in and taking the car keys to park it for us.

The PR Manager, Manuel, presented me with a beautiful flower before giving us a quick tour and dropping us off at the hotel’s Japanese Fusion Restaurant. The food was divine and we were so grateful that we were not turned away at such a late hour.

Our evening culminated in a romantic glass of wine atop the hotel’s terrace, where a variety of seating areas on different levels overlooked the stunningly-lit cathedral next door. It was the perfect end to a ‘disastrous’ evening!

On entering our room, we were delighted to find a modern, contemporary style with a Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV, separate Rain Shower and a funky bath actually in the bedroom – if only we’d had more time to relax!

Only a two hours’ drive away, Seville is conveniently situated for a long weekend away and it has a tremendous amount to offer.

Particularly suited to loved-up couples, one of the most romantic things to do is to take a horse drawn carriage around the city – wonderful at dusk when all the lights begin to glisten.

During the day, there is a choice of boats that offer river cruises which are a great way to see the sights from a different perspective.

Another option, and particularly popular with tourists, are the open-topped buses where you can buy a day pass that allows you to hop on and off at various locations throughout the city. There is much to see throughout the area. For example, the cathedral is one of the largest in the world and the Alcázar has developed from the old Moorish palace – its gardens are absolutely beautiful. There are also some fantastic shops dotted around and some wonderful little places to eat tapas, particularly in the old Jewish quarter.

Whatever your tastes, Seville has something for everyone so don’t be put off by the city’s romantic connotations. It’s just as wonderful for singles or families!