Seville, located in the south of Spain, is one of the most important cities of the country. It is the capital city as well as the economic, politic and cultural heart of one of the 17 Spanish autonomous communities: Andalusia. This city is well known across Europe for the incredible diversity of its artistic heritage, that definitely makes it an attractive touristic destination. Of course, the mildness of its climate, the numerous traditional events and the richness of its historic past also contribute to the development of the city.
What to visit in Seville?
The Seville Cathedral or Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede is the most important cathedral of the country. It is also one of the biggest cathedrals worldwide considering its mind-blowing dimensions. The edifice is located on a site that previously housed a mosque. The former minaret, la Giralda, has been preserved and has become the bell tower of the cathedral.
The Alcazar, one the oldest Royal Palace in Europe, is an emblematic monument of Seville. It has been built centuries ago and many changes have occurred over time: the Alcazar, with its numerous architectural styles, is a real mix of culture and civilizations. Nowadays, it is considered as a testimony of the historic evolution of the city and this is the reason why it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 80’s.
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla was built between the 18th and 19th century. Its typical architecture makes it one of the most visited monument in the city and also allowed them to be classified as historic monument. The historic bullring of Seville is also well known for hosting, each year, one of the most important ferias of the world: the Feria de Abril.
La Casa de Pilatos is an aristocratic palace built during the 15th and 16th century, which is located in the historical centre of the city. Like the Alcazar, la Casa de Pilatos is a harmonious and sophisticated combination of different styles, an architectural treasure typically Andalusian. It has been classified as national monument in the 30’s incidentally.
The Gold Tower or Torre del Oro is located near the Alphonse XIII canal, in Santa Cruz district. Built during the 13e century, this military watchtower allowed, in the past, to control the entrance of the city by the Guadalquivir River. A legend explains that the tower was a storehouse for the gold brought from America; hence it’s name.
Where to go out in Seville ?
The Alfalfa district is always lively! We suggest you to go to Pérez Galdos street: restaurants and bars are full of people and the ambiance is always festive, even at the beginning of the week. When the weather is nice, the Plaza del Salvador is the perfect meeting point to meet people and have some drinks.
The Alameda district is also a must for nights out. The more time passes, the more restaurants and bars are lively. Go to the street Alameda de Hercules; it is, for sure, one of the best spot in the neighbourhood!
Small pleasures to enjoy in Seville
- Strolling in the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz
- To relax in Maria Luisa Park
- To do a cruise on the Guadalquivir River
- To discover the Andalusian culture visiting the Museum of Art and Traditions
- To taste some tapas
- To eat a home made paella
If spending a few days in Spain, what about going to Madrid?