When I first visited Seville in 2010, I’d just quit my job as a graphic designer the month before. I was starting out on my big trip around the world (eventually to last 15 months) and design was very much on my mind. I’d quit my job to travel and I was scared. I’d essentially left behind my career in graphic design and was traipsing around the world. Of the 5 reasons that I set forth for my travel purposes, the search for inspiration was #1.

So it was with that on my mind that I first visited Andalusia. The Moorish architecture, the orange trees, the windmills… southern Spain left a lasting impression on me. So much so that I returned this year for the purposes of learning Spanish in Seville. And with that month-long trip to Seville came plenty of time to rediscover the fact that southern Spain is beautiful. And in Seville, it’s the Real Alcázar de Sevilla which is most beautiful.

The palace is quite historical. Amerigo Vespucci and Magellan both planned their trips around the world in one of the rooms of the Real Alcázar. And Spain’s royal family still uses the place today when visiting Seville on official visits. With extensive gardens and rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with tiles, the building is a hotspot for design inspiration. Just check out my photos below to get a sense of the design inside & out.

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

View more of my travel photos here.

TRAVEL TIP: While in Seville, I took photos with a new Olympus camera: the Olympus Stylus TG2 shockproof & waterproof camera. It’s sturdy so it was great for taking around on day trips.

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