Up until now, I haven’t been able to think that much about travel around Europe. Needing to apply for a visa to go anywhere has been rather effective at keeping my wanderlust at bay. But now that I’m applying for UK citizenship, well, it feels like the world has opened right up. We’re starting to daydream together about where we might go and what we might do.
I think Spain would be such a great place to visit as a family, especially Sevilla. I keep hearing how child-inclusive everything is over there. It’s not odd to take your kids into bars and it’s expected that your children would be up having dinner with you at 9pm. Pictures reveal a city that is friendly and bright. Walking through Sevilla seems a walk through history. There are just so many cultural attractions (I’ve a few on my little list I’ll mention in a minute).
I’d love to visit in the winter and spring months to get some respite from the cold British weather! With flights around a couple of hours from London Gatwick, it’s a relatively easy destination to get to with kids. And I can speak a very little bit of Spanish too so it would be interesting to go
get laughed at practise.
Anyway, I’ve put together a little bucket list for a dream family holiday in Sevilla and I’m hoping that in the not too distant future I can blog about actually doing some of this stuff.
1. Take a river cruise or rent a paddleboat down the Guadalquivir river
2. See an authentic flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria
3. Visit the gothic cathedral
4. Taste the local ice-cream at Rayas
5. Take a day trip to Ronda (maybe even get a tour of the prehistoric Pileta caves)
6. Catch the sun and take a dip in the sea at La Barrosa
7. Eat at Sevilla’s oldest bar, El Rinconcillo
8. Visit the Real Alcázar and gardens
9. Check out a local food market (this is becoming a favourite thing of ours to do anywhere!)
10. Rent bikes and cycle around the city
11. Visit the city cemetery (the statues look stunning and the grounds peaceful in photographs)
12. Try a glass of sweet orange wine
13. Go olive oil tasting
14. Buy sweets at a closed convent
15. Experience an Arab bath
16. Keep our girls up late in a restaurant
17. Smell the oranges as we walk about
18. Go shopping (or window shopping) in Santa Cruz
19. Have breakfast or lunch at a bar in La Alameda de Hércules (apparently it’s got great atmosphere)
20. Take in the art at the Museo de Bellas Artes
Who knows? Maybe we’ll celebrate me finally getting citizenship with a weekend in Spain? Also, if you’ve been, share your tips!
This post was brought to you by Thomson Flights