Barrio Santa Cruz Walk With Kids
Activity: Barrio Santa Cruz. How to Get There: Start at Plaza Virgen de los Reyes in front of the Giralda Bell Tower. Cost: Free. Hours: Anytime, but best in the early evenings.
Barrio (that means neighborhood) Santa Cruz is the cultural center of Seville. The tight little lanes with flowers draping every window offer charm around every corner. It’s an ideal place for wandering and getting lost. Most of the streets are too narrow for cars, so don’t be afraid to let the kids take the lead.
Start at Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. Above you is the Giralda Bell Tower, part of the Seville Cathedral. Notice the chains surrounding The Seville Cathedral. In the old days, all people running from the law would have to do is get to the other side of these chains and the authorities couldn’t arrest them!
Continue on through the arches next to the Alcazar. You’re walking into the free part of the Alcazar and it’s an excellent place to let kids run. The square is called Patio de Banderas (like Antonio, but Banderas actually means flags!). Notice the orange trees everywhere. They are evergreen, so they provide shade year round. The oranges are actually very bitter so they are usually used in soaps and marmalades. The sand below your feet are covering up Roman ruins which were excavated and then buried again for their protection. Don’t miss the view of The Giralda Bell Tower from here!
Keep going to the opposite side of the square. You will go through some narrow lanes. The buildings are built so close together, that they are called “Kissing Buildings.” If you’re here when it’s hot (most of the year) these narrow lanes are a nice cool place to hang out. Keep going until you hit Plaza Santa Cruz. There’s a nice park in the center of this square to take a snack break.
Go uphill on Santa Teresa and peek in some houses as you go. I love the little gardens everywhere! Turn left at the first opportunity and continue on through the cute narrow lanes. End at Plaza Dona Elvira, which is every bit as cute as the plazas before it. We ate an overpriced meal here in the plaza under the orange trees.