How Not Having A Travel Plan Led To The Best 12 Hour Getaway – Seville, Spain

 

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

When my husband and I decided to go to Spain, we carefully planned out which sites to see, which shops to visit (Ryan says I have to be “carefully managed” in this respect) and the best restaurants to pig out at. We aren’t the types to have everything scheduled right by the second, but Ryan definitely is the man with the plan.

Upon touching down in Malaga after departing Barcelona, we rented a snazzy BMW SUV (living’ life!) and drove to my cousin’s home in gorgeous Sotogrande. On the way there, Ryan told me that Seville was pretty close by and we should definitely make a day trip out there. We were on the fence before, but the drive to Marbella and Sotogrande was so pretty, we decided to do it.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

That morning, we had a quick look at a guide book, decided that we wanted to definitely see the Casa de Pilatos, the lovely 15th century palace of the Dukes of Medinacelli. It looked gorgeous and totally instagrammable, along with having a very interesting history. That was it. The only plan we made before hitting the road.

The drive to Seville was stunning. Picture rolling hills, olive groves, wind turbines dotting the hillside (strangely beautiful) and nothing but bright blue sky.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

After the pretty two-hour drive, we sailed into the city. Ryan and I strolled around, marvelling at both the stunning Spanish Renaissance and modern architecture. We ended up in Seville’s lively shopping district which made me pretty happy. I made a beeline for Intimissimi, a luxurious Italian lingerie company. While I snapped up all of the pieces I didn’t buy in London, Ryan checked out restaurants spots for lunch.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

OUTFIT DETAILS

Off-The-Shoulder Shirt – Shein | Denim Cut-offs – Zara (similar here) | Trio Bag – Céline Paris | Sunglasses – Dior c/o Merivale Optometric | Lace-up Ballet Flats – Zara (similar here)

We found a little seafood spot nestled away in one of Seville’s little side streets. Most of the patrons were speaking Spanish, so we felt this was a good sign. Ordering up two cavas, we perused the menu and ordered some fresh anchovies marinated in lemon, salt and olive oil, along with fresh bread, baby squid and paella. We marvelled at how these simple dishes were so fresh and flavourful, and to this day, I will never get used to how amazing (and inexpensive) the cava is in Spain.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

After finishing up, we got our stroll back on. Within minutes, we were in Seville’s Old Quarter, staring up in awe at the Metropol Parasol, a behemoth of a modern, wooden structure.

The Metropol Parasol is a weird, mushroom-shaped structure dreamt up by renown architect Jürgen Mayer. It just so happens to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The underground level is the Antiquarium – where Roman and Moorish remains are on display to the public. Also, go up to the second and third levels which offer some of the best views of the city.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

Ryan and I continued on to Casa de Pilatos – a highlight of this trip. This Andalusian palace for which descendants of the original Dukes still live in, is breathtaking. There are Arabic influences everywhere, from the colourful mosaics to the large wooden doors. Its grand gardens are beautiful, featuring ponds, lush flowers and trees. We took a guided tour of the palace, and marvelled at the 600-yr-old tapestries, paintings and other fine objets decorating the family’s home. To say the Casa de Pilatos is “opulent”, is an understatement.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

After our tour, we found a little restaurant and I indulged in more cava while Ryan the Designated Driver sipped sparkling water and asked “where to next?”.

I noticed a beautiful park in the distance and thought it would be nice to wander through. Turns out is was Maria Luisa Park, the centuries-old garden of the San Telmo Palace. It was beautifully maintained – a gardener’s dream! Replete with ancient trees, beautiful fountains and a large pond full of swans, it was completely romantic and beautiful.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

The park led us to the absolutely immense Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals. I gasped when it came into view. It was originally built in 1502 on top of a mosque, for which the mosque’s towering minaret, The Giralda still stands. Strikingly beautiful! Within, there were priceless paintings and apparently Columbus’ tomb resides within. Be sure to check out the cathedral’s patio which is flanked by rows of lovely orange trees. You can also climb the Giralda to the top for amazing views of the entire city.

Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, SpainSometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain Sometimes, you don't need an itinerary to fully enjoy a new city - Seville, Spain

Our day trip to Seville remains one of the most memorable trips of my life. It was wonderful and freeing to roam around this beautiful town without a schedule to follow. To stumble onto treasures like the Maria Luisa Park and the cathedral was adventurous and fun! And for me, made it that much more meaningful – that much more awesome of a getaway.

Have you ever taken and trip and didn’t make a schedule or list of must-sees? How did it turn out?

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26 Comments

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 18, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Honey!

  1. October 18, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Seville is one of my favorite cities! And I definitely need to try this method of not planning! I am so type A

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 18, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Mei – while I’m not Type A, one of my major fears is getting lost! LOL! I’m such a wimp. when travelling, I need to know where I’m going. My husband is a master navigator though (I lovingly call him “Magellan”) and he’s so great at researching everything. I have a sense he researched the hell out of Seville, and just didn’t tell me. HAHAHA!

  2. October 18, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I want to go there so bad! Your photos are gorgeous!

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 18, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      Hey Ashley!!! How are you??? Yeah – my hubby is a whiz behind the camera!

  3. October 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

    stunning photos..makes me want to go to Spain too…! Sometimes the best memories are unplanned 🙂

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 18, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Yaw – my thoughts exactly. I’ll forever remember that special day. And you must get to Spain! I don’t know anyone who didn’t love Barcelona!

  4. October 18, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    You have so beautifully captured the essence of Spain. I so wanna go there now. Your ootd is so amazing. Love the ruffle top ???

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 23, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Thank you! I can’t recommend Spain enough! It was truly FABULOUS!!! Go – GO NOW!!

  5. October 18, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    This looks like a bucket list trip! The shots are amazing. I hope you had a wonderful time because it certainly looks it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. October 18, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    You’re so right! It’s so nice sometimes to go with no itinerary, and soak things in at your own pace. I’m so obsessed with your OTS top, it’s absolutely stunning!

  7. October 18, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    My boyfriend ALWAYS tries to gets me to not plan our trips, and it’s so hard, but one of these days I will let go and just let happen what happens! Gorgeous photos!

    xoxo brandi
    http://www.BrandiSoileau.com

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 22, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Brandi, I totally get it. I like to know what I’m doing in advance! LOL! This really want great though and probably easier not to plan as it was just a short day trip. Maybe start with one of those?

  8. October 19, 2017 / 9:24 am

    It looks like it was a great adventure ??. I hope you enjoyed yourselves

  9. October 19, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I’m normally a planner, but I agree that certain travel days without a schedule are usually the most memorable. This just makes me want to go back to Spain! Also in love with your ballet flats

  10. Jenna
    October 19, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    this is so thrilling!!! you look fab!

  11. October 19, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Sometimes no plan is the best plan! Spain is absolutely beautiful. Glad you had a great time.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  12. October 22, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Ahhhh your trip to Seville looked absolutely gorgeous!! Not overly planning is always the best, you discover places you never would have and actually have time to enjoy where you are and whats in front of you. I’m definitely adding Spain to my bucket list!

    x Sabrina
    http://mymiaou.com

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 22, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Heyyyyyy SABRINA! Thank you for stopping by! I think you especially would really enjoy Spain. The food was mind-blowing and so many beautiful sights to take in. Just incredible!

  13. October 23, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I really hear this time and time again! Sometimes over planning really can set expectations high and when things don’t pan on it an ruin a trip! I love the idea of taking a gamble with no scheduled plans!

    Birdie Shoots

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 23, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Hi Kelly! Yes – me too! Overscheduling saps the joy out of trips and leaves you more tired than when you started. What’s the fun in that? LOL!

    • Dominique
      Author
      October 23, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Thanks, Lacey! Go to Europe, but be warned…you may never come back, it’s so beautiful and fun! LOL!

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