Everytime we move into a new city we try to look for a place where we can feel comfortable, free. Some people choose a coffee shop, some others a specific bench in a park. Some others, like me, choose an entire neighbourhood. During your stay in Seville you will see many other places, but for me it is particularly the Alameda where I feel that thing I was talking about before.
The Alameda de Hércules is a square in the city center that has never been much famous. However, it has turned into a very interesting place nowadays. Located in the Macarena district, it has become a boheme place where you will find people of all styles and races. You will also notice that is the young people who come here mostly.
It was supposed to be a park, but due to the floods that used to happen, it never grew any grass. So you can only see the cobbled floor with little spaces in between where grass was supposed to grow. There are also many benches all around where people come maybe just to talk or maybe to play an instrument. Besides, you can identify the Alameda because of the four columns located in the square: two at the front and two at the rear. These columns are from the roman period and they were brought in their entirety from an excavation close to the Cathedral. You will also recognize it because it is a green area with poplar trees (which translation, Álamo, gives the name to the place) all along the square.
The place nowadays is full of pubs all around, with affordable prices and lot of concerts too. There is also a cheap cinema with special offers on Wednesdays. At least once a month they organize some markets with different themes, it could be a normal fair, or a handmade products one, or a secondhand clothing. In wintertime, even though it does not snow in Seville, from late December until February you can go there and do some ice skating or have a hot chocolate! So if you ever happen to be in Seville and have nothing to do, you can always come and see what’s happening that day, I’m sure you won’t regret going!