With the Lisbon out of the way it was then time to visit Seville. This should have been a half hour flight but availability is low and I had to fly via Barcelona where I was delayed for four hours. So arriving quite late I chose to just hit the hotel for preparation a long day sightseeing the next day.
This was my base for Seville, the Hotel Derby. There's a shortage of chain hotels here so I ventured for a local one-off. It's located in the centre of town and is perfectly located in the centre of the city.
This bridge is the Puenta de la Barqueta, which was built for to get people to the Expo site across the river. The Isla Magica Park is right across it and I could have got there pretty quickly. But I got distracted...
The park is home to 2 rollercoasters. This the smaller of the two was the first of the day. Tren de Potosi is themed around a South American mine ride and being a cookie-cut kiddie coaster was OK.
The park is actually very nice but not a full day attraction. Fortunately I had another plan to fill the day out. The park opens at 11 (well it did on the day I was there). Bear in mind that if you are planning on getting there early only the rides in one half of the park open immediately. The Jaguar coaster is the last to open one hour after the park opens its gates.
Back in the city now and it was time to head to the other side of the city. The city had a large number of horse drawn carriages out and about. They were shipping people to and from the Feria de Abril, a large event in the south.
This is the other dragon coaster. On this one I was repeatedly bashed in the head with a balloon by the ride op each time it came through the station. The lengths I have to go through to for my hobby.
Here's another and one of my favourites that I recall riding in Albacete. Yes, those are cages on the end with people just standing inside them. At the top of the swing you lift off the floor and can hit your head on the ceiling of the cage.
The Colombian Pavilion.
I'm not sure who this belonged to? It's now a dancing school.
There is a Metro but it's very small and currently consists of a single line (there are plans to expand it). As it runs east west and I was walking north south north south north south I had no urge to ride it.
The city has two rival tour bus services; a green one and a red one. If you're colour blind the city runs a single grey service. Both follow similar routes. I chose the red one and it gives you a one hour tour around both expo sites and the spaces in between. It was fine and gave my feet a rest.
This is the Costurero de la Reina Azotea was also part of the Expo but is now a tourist information office.
The 29 Expo area of Seville was beautiful and I loved the architecture here. The best attraction had to be the Plaza de Espana which is a must do if visiting the city.
In stark contrast to the 29 Expo is the 92 Expo which again gave the city a large number of buildings but these were much more modern and not as pretty. Like some Expo sites I'd been to the buildings didn't appear to be used giving the area a bit of a ghost town feeling. This is the Torre Triana which is now an administrative building.
The Future Plaza was the centrepiece of the Expo. I don't know what it's used for now, nothing perhaps. A replica of the Ariane rocket sits outside. Unlike the first expo site which was stunning, this was not so and I didn't take too many photos here.
Another tower Torre Perdigones, this time a relic of the ammunitions industry that the tower was part of. Another Assassins Creed challenge.
People getting ready to see bulls killed and once again the building refused to stop staring at me.
Seville is another pretty city and again small enough to do in a day. I would definitely recommend visiting it during the Fair season, even if not a fan of the fairground as you get to see a lot of Spanish culture, making the visit a little more special than at any other time.