Seville Snapshots: Patio de las Doncellas

Camp is just about over, and I’m not thinking of Seville, but of corn on the cob, fireworks, boating and all things American (after two days in Madrid with the Novio, I’m flying back to Chicago de la Frontera). But special pictures like this one, from Toby, keep the memories of my second home strong when I’ll be away for two months.

The jewel in Seville’s crown is the triangle of sites that lie in Plaza del Triunfo: the massive cathedral, Archivo de Indias and the royal palace, the oldest still in use. The center of the complex, which includes architectural hallmarks from Seville’s 2000-year history and one of the city’s largest gardens, is the Patio de las Doncellas. The Maiden’s Courtyard is said to have been named for the 100 virgins brought in every year for the Moorish kings living in the palace, and its upper courtyards are still used by the Royal

Toby writes: I spent my junior year of college in Madrid and fell in love with Spain.  But it took me nearly 30 years to return and I brought my husband and then 10-year-old daughter on a two-week trip through Spain and had a fabulous time!  We started in Barcelona, then onto Madrid. We spent several days in Madrid and took one day trip to Toledo. Afterwards we spent time in Sevilla, Malaga and Granada.  10 months later my husband and I returned to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  Now hubby has also fallen in love with Spain and we hope to retire to Malaga.  We shall see what happens (a ver lo que pasa).  I started my blog to document both trips to Spain as well as future travel plans:

If you’d like to contribute your photos from Spain and Seville, please send me an email at sunshineandsiestas @ with your name, short description of the photo, and any bio or links directing you back to your own blog, Facebook page or twitter. There’s plenty more pictures of gorgeous Seville on Sunshine and Siesta’s new Facebook page!

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. woo hoo!! thanks!! the alcázar is one of my favorite sites in all of the cities I’ve visited in Spain, absolutely loved it! and I learned something new from you about it, even better. Thanks again!

  2. Man, there are few places on this earth I love more than Spain! Isn’t the Alcazar just gorgeous?..

  3. Spain is one of my favorites. Have been to Madrid, Barcelona and Girona. A short travel through the northern side to Andorra and back to Girona via France opened a bit more of the outside of city life. Really want to get to the south of Spain and even take a ferry over to North Africa. Get pictures.

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      You two don’t know what you’re missing! Southern Spain is especially lovely in the springtime, when there are plenty of festivals and the terrace bars begin to open for afternoon cervecitas. And since you’ve had experience in South America, it would be fun to compare!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences and memories of Spain through your blog. Your vivid descriptions of Seville’s crown jewel, the Plaza del Triunfo, and your personal anecdotes about your trips to Spain are both entertaining and informative.

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