Europe road trip – day two

Europe road trip – from orange-laden trees to snow

Europe road trip - Plaza de España, Seville

Plaza de España, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Seville – the orange city

On the second day of my trip I was able to ogle with admiration at the architectural wonder of the Plaza de España, Seville, Andalusia, Spain, a favourite location for the producers of Star Wars.

Seville is a gorgeous city. In early march the trees which line its streets bulge with the famous Seville oranges used for marmalade. Local residents are so used to them they don’t even bother picking up the windfalls.

Europe road trip - Seville It’s a favourite destination for people on the Algarve, Portugal, and on the Spanish  Mediterranean coastline .

Seville’s feast of architectural delights include everything from Roman ruins to  one of the most famous bullrings in Spain.

And then there is the nightlife. The winding medieval streets of Santa Cruz and other old town areas weren’t built with revelry in mind but they are bursting with cafes and bars that go on until all hours. It is very easy to get lost in the narrow streets but you will rarely be short of company.

See the link at the bottom of this piece for a video clip of Seville at night.

After taking in Seville and enjoying a beer and tapas in a bar, I was off in the car again to get through Spain in one day. I was heading for the French side of the Basque region.

The route up to Madrid was great, A4/E5 auto-route all the way to its ring roads. Madrid has three main ring roads, the M30, M40 and M50. I chose the M30 and seemed to sit on it for ages waiting for my exit on to the A1 to Burgos. Here I faced the only road toll I paid in Spain which was 1.95 euros.

From here it was onwards to San Sebastian and a taste of the Basque country. The pretty French village of St Jean de Luz was my destination.


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