Weekend in Seville, the Andalusian town where El Duende is alive
According to an ancient Spanish legend El Duende is an inner strength comparable to a divinity, embodied in a toreador, in a bull and in the sounds of the Cante Jondo which accompanies the Baile Flamenco. This mysterious inner divinity lives inside the bowels of each man and woman and acts like a connection frame between flesh and desire. El Duende arises only when it is called by the voice, the sounds and the gestures of a corrida or a flamenco dance. Feel the strength of your inner Duende arise during a weekend in Seville and you will not regret falling your everyday mask to set your inner wild and sensual subconscious finally free. What would be Andalusia without the rituals of the corrida and the sounds of Seville’s dancers heels on the wooden scene of a flamenco? And what would be your inner self without the mighty power of Seville to haunt you and bewitch you? For an amazing weekend, rent an apartment in Seville in the Triana district and sit every evening at a tabla flamenco; let the Duende hidden in your bowels arise in its full ancestral strength and take possession of you, drop the mask and be yourself.
One thousand and one nights in Arab Seville, capital of Al Andalous
Visit Seville on a boat on the river Guadalquivir and fall in love with Mudejar architectures spread around the banks of the river as pure jewels on the body of a beautiful woman. Seville was taken in 712 from Moors Muslims coming from North Africa and became subsequently the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate and of the Almoravid dynasty. Arabian culture led its way in Seville along seven steady centuries from year 712 to year 1350. The splendid buildings of the Alcazar and the Giralda tower are just two examples of the ancient Almoravid civilization splendor. You can spend a whole day in the gardens of Alcazar which are breathtakingly beautiful. Everywhere around you, honeycomb Mudejar walls and arcades, ponds, fountains, flowers and orange trees will enchant you. Wandering in the old barrios of Seville, you will discover that the Mudejar style is present everywhere and that sometimes it appears coupled to baroque and gothic styles: this is Seville, a never-ending maze of beauty and history. A house rental in Seville by the Alcazar palace is the best accommodation you can dream of for your stay. You should forget about expensive hotels and choose to have your own vacation home in the capital of Al Andalous.
Discover Jewish Seville
Stroll along the Barrio de Santa Cruz also known as La Juderia. This ancient district of Seville was actually its ancient Ghetto crowded with Sephardic Jews until year 1492 when all synagogues of Seville were officially closed and converted to churches. Thousands of Jews were killed during the pogroms or forced to convert, all Spanish towns had their own Inquisition tribunals and thousands of Jews left Spain whilst many others were burnt alive. Rent an apartment in Seville in the picturesque Barrio de la Juderia among churches which were once synagogues, whitewashed houses leaning one to the other in such a way that they barely seem to touch, small pleasant squares with wooden benches where you can relax, patios protected by iron gates, and private mansions spread on a maze of narrow alleys and gardens. Visit the masterpiece of the Juderia, la Casa de Las Duenas also known as the Casa de Pilatos belonging to a Spanish jew merchant family. You will simply get lost in a maze of gardens, fountains in Mudejar Andalusian style decorated with the most precious azulejos, marbles and honeycomb walls. If you are looking for a low budget stay, there are many rooms for rent in Seville. You can also find cheap apartments and a last minute accommodation in a guesthouse.
Stay in Andalusian Seville
Toros y Flamenco, all Seville lives inside these three words. Widely influenced by Indian and gypsy traditional dances, the Baile Flamenco is accompanied by the Cante music and a Spanish guitar. A number of flamenco schools were present in Seville already in the 19th century and since then the Andalusian town is considered the capital of this traditional and bewitching dance, incredibly emotive and inspired by the visceral strength of the Duende. Rent an apartment in Seville or any other vacation rentals for your holiday and experience the Duende arising in you whilst: Flamenco dancers kick their feet and clap their hands on the warm and broken sounds of the Cante Jondo. Or simply enjoy an ancient style tablao flamenco with no music but only pure singing and “toque de palmas” hand clapping whilst dancers are jerking their body in a sensual movement and their black heels violently kick the wooden stage. After a corrida day spent in the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza turn the ceremony of blood and death into the rebirth of your inner instincts in a Tablao Flamenco in Seville and let the Duende inside bring you beyond your limits to discover unknown fields of consciousness. Drop the mask, this is how Seville will unleash you. Drop the mask, you will never be the same as before.
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