Sevilla Ciudad de Ópera, another reason to go there.

carmenI have written before about all the things that Sevilla has to offer. Recently I came across a new combination for me. I mentioned before the city is quite inspiring and obviously not just for me, but also some to the most famous composers of all time like Verdi, Donizetti, Beethoven, Bizet and Mozart.

The Tourist Office in Sevilla has created several walks in the city leading you to opera related spots, such as:

Route of the Legend of Carmen:  This tour is dedicated to one of the most passionate characters in opera. Carmen was created by Mérimée and obtained lasting fame thanks to Bizet. Why not see how it feels to step into the shoes of this gypsy girl, the symbol of freedom, and relive her amorous encounters? Stroll along the alley known as the Callejón del Agua (where she used to dance), see Seville University (the location of the tobacco factory where Carmen worked) and the Real Maestranza bullring (where she met her death), and have your photo taken beside the statue of Carmen. The route is almost 4 kilometres long and lasts about three hours.

Route of the Legend of Don Juan: Is there anyone that doesn’t know this universal character? There are over 50 operas based on this figure. The route that takes its inspiration from this symbol covers 3 kilometres and can be done in two and a half hours. You’ll be able to visit what was once the house of Don Juan Tenorio, the home of Doña Ana de Pantoja (Don Juan’s betrothed in the work of Zorrilla) and the tomb of the Tenorio family, located in what is today the archway of the City Hall.

Route of the Legend of Figaro: The author Beaumarchais created this character, who was then reincarnated in the operas of Rossini and Mozart, based on an idea by Cervantes. Among the thirty or so works in which he features, for this route we propose ‘The Barber of Seville’. This itinerary will take you back in history to Seville at the time of the Enlightenment. You’ll see Figaro’s house, the magical setting of the Indias Archive and the cathedral, and you’ll be able to envisage Rosina’s balcony, where Figaro advises the young count of Almaviva to climb in search of his true love. It is 1,5 kilometres long and can be done in a little over an hour.

It may be a good idea to do (one of these) routes before it really gets hot soon, or when you visit Cortijo El Guarda in fall. Of course in this App Era there is one of these walks as well. It is free and called Sevilla Ciudad de Ópera.


About The El Guarda Posts

We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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