After bidding bon voyage to Alicia’s friend, we took a taxi to the airport (cheaper than parking at the airport for four days) and flew to Seville for Alicia’s birthday. (We decided to fly on Iberia for 175€, round trip for two, vs. an eight-hour one-way drive.)
We rented a small 1-bedroom apartment in a great location near Old Town from www.genteel-home.com. Because this was a three-day rental, there were no discounts on the fair-priced 250€ apartment. We used the rental agent’s pick-up service to ensure quick arrival/departure between the airport and the apartment (25€ each way). This also ensured we were well coordinated with the agent meeting us at the apartment to exchange keys and provide Internet logon and advice on the must-see attractions in the area.
We were able to walk to all the attractions in Seville: City center, cathedral (third largest in Europe), Royal Fortress, and the famous Real Maestranza bullring. Plus all the surrounding restaurants, bars, and stores. We enjoyed a relaxing dinner on Alicia’s birthday and enjoyed many other restaurants during our stay. We went to mass on Sunday at the Church of Salvador, a smaller church in Salvador Plaza on the way to the cathedral. It’s an ABC (another beautiful church) and more quaint than the cathedral.