What was once a ghetto for Spanish Jews—who were forcibly expelled from Spain in 1492—is today one of Sevilla’s most colorful districts. Near the old walls of the Alcázar, winding medieval streets with names like Vida (Life) and Muerte (Death) open onto pocket-size plazas. Part of the quintessential experience of visiting Sevilla is getting lost in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, only to stumble into a plaza where a waiter will offer you a seat and a drink. Flower-filled balconies with draping bougainvillea and potted geraniums jut over this labyrinth, shading you from the ferocious Andalucían sun. In the evening it’s common to see Sevillanos sitting in the patios sipping wine under the glow of lanterns. To enter the Barrio de Santa Cruz, turn right after leaving the Patio de Banderas exit of the Alcázar. Turn right again at Plaza de la Alianza, going down Calle Rodrigo Caro to Plaza de Doña Elvira. “Santa Crus” is also loosely applied to the dense streets of the Judería that lie just west of the main portion of Santa Cruz.
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