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Seville is a city that arrests attention from the moment you set foot in its streets. Stunningly beautiful cathedrals, immeasurably ornate and decadent palaces, countless picturesque plazas and fountains – at face value, there are few places as immediately alluring as Seville.
Scratch just a little beneath this surface of awe-inspiring aesthetic, and you’ll find a city bursting at the seams with a complex, fascinating heritage. As a crossroads of cultures – Romans, Moors, Christians, Gyspys and many more – there are stories weaving their way through the winding medieval lanes and seeping from hidden alcoves.
Whilst history is one of the main draws to Seville, the Andalusian capital is very much about the here and now. Think buzzing local plazas, legendary tapas and evenings spent in atmospheric, authentic bars tucked away in secret corners of the city, sipping red wine as the sound of gently plucked guitar strings washes over you.
And, of course, whether you’re an expert dad dancer or full-on Saturday Night Fever diva, it wouldn’t be Seville without immersing yourself in its native culture trying your hand at Flamenco. Olé.
Seville is the home of Flamenco, the very city from which the art form originated, and you can’t say you’ve truly experienced Seville until you’ve experienced an authentic Flamenco show.
Pouring with passion, crackling with electric energy, a high quality performance is sure to impress. It’s also well worth your time digging a little deeper to discover the surprising roots of Flamenco, and what makes it the dance it is today.
Another essential – don’t leave Seville until you’ve tried as many dishes as you can! These sharing plates range from delectable seafood, succulent pork dishes, incredibly cooked vegetables, and so much more.
A night spent in an authentic local tavern, soaking in the wonderful atmosphere as you taste dishes from the simplicity of locally sourced olives to the complexity of perfectly balanced paella, is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Sevillan culture.
There aren’t many cities in the world, let alone in Europe, that can boast architecture quite as magnificent as Seville. From gothic cathedrals and incredible parks and palaces, to cosy taverns and shady medieval alleyways, every corner looks as if it’s been purpose-built to wow.
Drinking in this visual treat of a city is can be done from street level, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try sightseeing from the cool Guadalquivir as you float past imposing forts, or climb to secret vantage to see church towers piercing from the dusty orange glow of tiled rooftops.
When is the best time to go?
Cool and crowd-free, winter can be a great time if you want to avoid queues, hordes of tourists and really experience Seville as the locals do. Temperatures are fairly mild, but you might catch some rain.
The buzzing months, from March onwards the city awakens and becomes alive with energy, as the locals celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Abril.
Hot. Very hot. Sightseeing can become a sweaty proposition this time of year, and the city sinks into a lazy slumber, but if you’re a fan of blazing blue skies and warm summer nights, then this is the time for you.
Visiting Seville in the Autumn can represent the very best times to go sightseeing. The harsh edge has been dialled down off the oppressive summer heat, and life is injected back into the city after a few months of siesta.
Top 10 Must See Seville Sites
Catedral de Sevilla
The third-largest church in the world, and the largest gothic cathedral in the world, is an incredible sight to behold. Incredibly ornate detailings and imposing towers tie together to constitute this beautiful building.
And as a building, it neatly serves to demonstrate the tying together of two of the key cultures that have shaped Seville, the bell tower constructed from an old Moorish minaret, as the two architectural styles mesh and weave through each other, much like the stories and the history of these two people in Seville.
You don’t need to go far from the cathedral to see this one! Attached to Seville Cathedral is the Real Alcázar, the royal palace made up of a stunningly beautiful complex of gardens, walkways, chambers and archways.
Irridescent mosaics, lush, vibrantly coloured gardens, intricately detailed, shimmering domes, it’s a real gem of colour and life in the heart of Seville. Shaded corners and hidden rooms allow your mind to wander into the past and take part in conspiratorial conversations that inspired war or revolution.
Plaza de España
Another absolute spectacle. This square, which is more of a huge vista of spectacular water features and a weave of incredible baroque, renaissance and Moorish revival architecture another must see if you’re visiting Seville.
Built as part of the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, this wide arc of beautiful brown stone captures the imagination and deserves its spot as one of the top sights in all of Seville, a city hardly short on architectural wonders.
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Catedral de Sevilla The first stop for most tourists visiting Seville, but in all fairness, it’s with good reason. A spectacular piece of Gothic architecture and the third-largest church in the world, it is a sight that needs to be seen to be believed. Twisting spires and an ancient minaret fashioned into a bell-tower, the […]