|The Start of our Adventure!|
Shayne and I had decided to use hostels rather than albergues and because Hotel Simon could give us a comfortable first night's sleep as well as supply our pilgrims credentials we decided to stay there for our first night's stay in Seville. We had travelled up from Marbella by bus and arrived at the Prado de San Sebastian bus station in the south of Sevilla. Two minutes walk from the Estación de Autobuses Prado de San Sebastian is the Plaza transport interchange. We climbed aboard the super smart T1 tram and glided at walking pace towards the Giralda Cathedral. There is a T1 stop at Archivo de las Indias and the next and last T1 stop on the short journey is Plaza Nueva. Hotel Simon is halfway between the two. I suggest getting off at the Archivo de las Indias stop, just before the Giralda and walking along the left hand pavement in the direction of travel until you intersect with Calle García de Vinuesa just after the Giralda. You could easily walk from the Prado de San Sebastian bus station to the Hotel Simon but it'll be your last chance to travel with your pack on the floor and for less than €2 it's well worth it!
If you are arriving by plane and taking the Sevilla airport bus into the centre of the city, you'll also get off at the Prado de San Sebastian bus station and follow the same route as we did on the comfortable T1 tram. We actually arrived by bus from Marbella having booked our tickets online using the Los Amarillos service.
|Seville's Giralda Cathedral by night.|
|Where we got our first Credentials Stamp|
We left our packs in our room and walked around the corner to wait with the other early morning worshippers at the Avda Constitución side entrance to the cathedral. The security guard that you see on the left of the photo taken inside the cathedral told us to wait until the end of the mass and then kindly took us into an inner room through the black door that you see to the right of the cathedral explaining to the priest that we wanted our credentials stamped. The priest did so and wished us ¡Buen camino!
|978km to go!|
Day One Seville to Guillena