We were glad we were visiting Seville’s cathedral (www.catedraldesevilla.es) on a cold, but sunny February day, as even just after opening at 11am, we still had to queue. We paid the €9 entry fee and declined both a guide offering tours in English (€5 each) and the audio guide (€3) as we always find they go into far too much detail.
It was truly spectacular and is said to be the largest in the world despite fierce competition from Saint Paul’s and St Peter’s.
We found the square Giraldo, the bell tower, which can be climbed for views across the city up 35 short, wide ramps and then 17 steps. Apparently the ramps were so horses could get up, but in more modern times, it’s also wheelchair friendly (apart from the final steps). However there are resting places on the way up which afford good views.
The scenes from the top were very good but it was a bit chilly, so we walked back down and visited more of the cathedral before exiting via the orange tree garden where we sat with the sun on our face for a little while to warm up.