Seville is known for flamenco; we saw a flamenco show at La Casa de la Memoria, a small venue with rotating flamenco groups. Lots of feeling and emotion. We liked it. The two dancers are on the left; the singer’s head is raised; the guitar player is on the left.
On our last full day in Seville, a Sunday, we had reserved a car to drive to Ronda, a town in the hills, but we we were having a good time in Seville so we decided to stay in town.
We caught a bus to Plaza de Espana, which housed Spain’s exhibit at the 1929 World’s Fair. The small bus wound through the narrow streets of old Seville. The bus didn’t seem to follow the bus route. After a while, the bus driver told us to get off for Plaza de Espana. We walked into the park, Parque de Maria Louisa, and found it.
People hire horse-drawn carriages in the park and ride through the plaza.
We walked along the Guadalquivir River to see the 12-sided Torre de Oro, built by the Moors in 1220 to defend Seville from the Spanish Reconquista. The tower anchored one end of a chain stretched across the river. In 1248 Spanish ships broke through the river barrier, leading to the reconquest of Seville.
Note the carriages in front of the Torre de Oro. As we walked up the street, there were more carriages. Note the number on the carriage going by and that there are no cars on the road. Looks like a parade?
The mantillas add a lot. Before long, we were outside the Plaza de Toros, the bullring. Carriages and pedestrians were leaving the bullring.
We’re glad we stumbled upon the pageantry of dozens of carriages and people.