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The Rooftop at Fontecruz Seville

 

In my Summer Travel Series we’ve visited Lisbon, the sunny beaches of Algarve and our next stop is the charming Seville, aka Sevilla, Spain. Scott and I booked a bus transport for this leg of our trip and found it to be a convenient way to travel the 4 hours east from Portugal to Spain.

Getaway-Seville-Spain-Stylemindchiclife In Seville we caught a taxi, and experienced an ultra wild ride, through the extremely narrow streets of the city center. I’m sure we could have reached out and touched the buildings on either side if we had only dared open the windows.

Fontecruz Sevilla Hotel in Spain From the moment we entered the Fontecruz Sevilla we knew we had made the perfect choice with this sleek, modern hotel in the midst of Bario Santa Cruz. It’s located within a couple of winding blocks to cafe-lined streets, the Sevilla Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Plaza de Espana, and the river front. From this ‘wagon wheel’ of a city center we could pick a direction, head down a tiny street to explore, and it would take us to a new hidden gem.

Fontecruz Seville Hotel Along with the excellent location, I liked the vibe of the Fontecruz Sevilla. Our suite was sleek, well-appointed and spacious. The common spaces, were luxurious and comfortable. There is even an outdoor pool for a dip on hot summer days.

Rooftop Collage at the Fontecruz, Seville, Spain When I was making reservations for the trip the photos of this hotel had me at “roof-top terrace overlooking the city”. The Fontecruz Sevilla is the perfect perch for capturing a brilliant sunset from the rooftop lounge.

Heather Lindstrom Fontecruz, Seville Rooftop

A surrey in Seville We walked by this friendly fellow (with cap (center) who encouraged us to see the city, escorted by himself and his steed, in this colorful carriage. We politely declined, but a minute later changed our minds. Why not? We found the carriage to be a charming way to see the sights in Sevilla. We recommend a carriage ride in the mid-to-late morning, during the summer months, before the heat sets in.

Carriage Ride in Seville, Spain

 I captured a moment during our carriage ride here:

Carriage ride [kad_youtube url=”http://youtu.be/tpfRJieGnVc” ]

Cathedral Spain The Seville Cathedral, also called ‘Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See’, is the third largest church in the world and adorns the ancient city center of Seville like an ornate stone wedding cake. We viewed the burial site of Christopher Columbus and the scope of that slice of history is awe-inspiring. This gothic cathedral is definitely worth a visit and we appreciated it’s ability to transport us to another place in time, even for just an hour, on a sunny Spanish afternoon.

New Friends in Seville, Spain 2

One a completely different cultural note, one of our favorite aspects of travel is meeting fellow travelers and locals along our path. Just across the cobbled street from our hotel we spotted ‘Abbatia‘, an authentic tapas restaurant. We thought it would be an excellent first stop for our evening out. Little did we know that the warm, friendly owners, Pedro and Blanco, and their chef Andres, would capture our hearts. Our evening started with tasty tapas, lovely wines and lively conversation. We eventually made our way out on the town to discover more of Sevilla. As we ventured back to our hotel, late at night, our new friends waved us back in for a nightcap, an after-hours flamenco show/dance lesson and the hilarity ensued. We certainly felt the 3:30 am bedtime the next morning, but our adventure was more than worth it! In travel there are those memorable times, when a language barrier simply does not exist, and this was one of them. Thank you to our new friends in Sevilla!

Out and about in Sevilla, Spain

A few more views of Sevilla (the street view taken from our tiny balcony).

Out on the town in Sevilla, Spain

We fell in love with the charms of Sevilla. Scott and I agreed that three days was not enough and next time we will plan to stay longer. Our plane reservation was already scheduled so we reluctantly boarded the plane to Bilbao, Spain. Join me on the next leg of our ‘Summer Travel to Portugal and Spain’ series for a glimpse of the sparkling seaside city of San Sebastián.

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Bon voyage!

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29 comments

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Oh Heather, what fun I am having reading all these travel posts! Just got back from Barcelona last week (yes, we loved…it) and are considering going back, and to Sevile in late May. So this is perfect timing. thanks for the great, and very useful tips and map.

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beautiful pictures…..kissis
super blog……………….

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Your photos are gorgeous. I’m playing a little catch-up this morning while the kids are asleep.

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Hi Heather, I love your pictures and the descriptions of what you saw and experienced. It is also great to see pics with you in them. Sometimes we tend to take the pics but are seldom on the other side of the camera! Truly a beautiful place, I will add it to my list of must-sees. Can’t wait to see more of your adventure. A really great blog, love it.
– Nancy

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Thank you Nancy! It’s a funny thing about the photos. I’m not usually comfortable when doing a photo shoot, at all. The spontaneous ones are always the most fun. I do agree that it’s good to include some personal shots in a lifestyle blog. I’ll be looking for some in your beautiful blog! ;)
xx

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Wow what an amazing trip Heather and I love the video capturing the sun and cute buggie ride and all the kids on their bikes. Spain is by far one of my favorite parts about Europe. I love how relaxed and family oriented it is, and of course the sunny warm weather. :) You both look like you had a great time and you need to go to Majorca next summer. You’d love it. Great story about the tapas restaurant too!

xoDale
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I so agree about the relaxed vibe and family oriented lifestyle in Spain, Dale. I would love Majorca and must put it on my list for next time. We simply couldn’t fit in everything this trip. Enjoy all those Euro travels girlfriend! xx

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Simply gorgeous!! I’ve never been to Spain, but it needs to be on my bucket list now. I simply loved your video!! So fun to hear your excitment and feel like I was sharing the ride with you and Scott!! Let’s try to make lunch happen very soon.
xo ~J

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Thank you Jennifer! I’d love that-let’s make it happen. xx

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Oh Heather, these pictures are so delightful. I love the one of you in the carriage ride. Me and husband did that recently, and it was such an experience. The Seville Cathedral is gorgeous. Nel loves the gothic looking churches. When they travel, Nel and Jess often attend mass at these old and historic churches. And that alley is my favorite of all, soooo charming. I’m so glad you had a great time in Spain. What at wonderful place to visit.

love,
~Sheri

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Thank you sweet Sheri! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed your carriage ride. I hadn’t taken a ride in many years. It was a charming way to see the city. Thank you and Spain is right up “your alley” too! :) xx

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What a beautiful and charming place! I have a special passion for rooftops! That setting in your first image is breathtaking!
It is with your passion for life that you have connected us to this wonderful place in your post!
…and to think that I have ridden with you and Scott through the streets of Sevilla om my way to the workplace on this morn’!
~Lynne
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You would have adored that carriage ride my darling friend! :) xx

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A friend of mine is on holiday there right now. I might be just a little jealous of her after seeing your beautiful post !

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Your friend will love it, no doubt! I think you may want to put it on your travel list!
:)

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Love this entire trip. And I finally figured out why I wasnt’ getting your blogs on my RSS feed, I had old address. I’ve fixed it and am so excited to not miss a minute more! Cheers.

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Wonderful to hear! Would love to know your name my ‘anonymous’ friend! xx

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I needed the post/get-away upon re-entry dear, dear girl!! Loved the, “Surrey ride with the fringe on top” Video!!! Wonderful!!
I am sooo proud of you!
Your Blog is my sanity :)
Scott is easy on the eyes as well- He looks good in Spain :)

Love ya’ KK

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KK dear-you are so good to us! We thought of you and Dean constantly in Spain….you two would love it! Thanks for the blog love too! ;) xx

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As you know I have lived here for the last 13 years (before returning to the UK to look after my Dad). It is still home for me. When you next go let me know and I will tell you all the hidden gems ;-) xx

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I can see why you fell in love with the place Vanessa! It has a charm and beauty that is captivating. I would love to hear all about your hidden gems. ;) xx

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Gorgeous!!! I definitely want to go. Love the pics and I LOVE the story about the restaurant owners inviting you in for a late night dance session. So much fun.

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You will absolutely love Sevilla Bri! Put this one on your list for sure! xx

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This is one if the few places in Spain I haven’t been so was very interesting to see! Lucky you For having such a trip! Xx

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We did have a wonderful time Naomi. I think you would really love Sevilla. San Sebastian was my other favorite of this trip. Have you been?
xx

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So pretty. I think I have to put Spain on my must-see list.

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Thanks Jen! This city is very photogenic. We’ve been to Spain twice and have fallen in love with it.
xx

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Heather! It was great to hear your voice and Scott’s! You sound like I imagined you would sound! Thank you for providing the short video; I could almost feel the warmth and experience the color.

You are now back at school. How is it? I haven’t given school a thought until now, and I literally got a stomach pang! In just 8 days, I got back to meetings and I will start a long process of preparation. But for now, it’s summer still and I’m loving it!

Hugs my friend, Anita

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Ahhh thanks Anita! I always sound different in a video, especially when I’m captivated by a moment. It is fun to capture the memory this way for us. Enjoy every last moment of your summer my dear. I’m back, in a big way tomorrow, and it’s not an easy adjustment. There are lots of changes this year. As for you, don’t even give it a thought until the day before you go back! Enoy!! xx

Love to have you join the conversation!