The southern city of Seville is home to some of southern Spain’s most impressive historical monuments. From the Royal Alcázar Palace – the finest example of Mudéjar architecture in Spain – to a beautiful old townhouse said to have inspired the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, here are the buildings you don’t want to miss when visiting the Andalusian capital.
Winding along beside the Alcázar is a narrow, shaded alleyway called Calle Agua, named after a mini-aqueduct that used to run along the top of the Moorish palace’s walls. This mysterious path brings you out onto the absurdly romantic Plaza Alfaro, likely to be busy with tourists pointing their cameras upwards and snapping away at the building that is said to have inspired the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Whether this tale is apocryphal or not, it’s easy to imagine Romeo scaling this, one of Seville’s prettiest buildings, to reach the object of his desire.