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Located in the South-West of Spain, in the beautiful region of Andalusia, Seville is a stunning city with an incredibly rich history that we can still see today in its incredible buildings and landmarks. Home to three Unesco World heritage sites, it is also famous for its warm weather, amazing festivals, orange trees, tapas, flamenco, and a Mediterranean lifestyle that the rest of the world envies.
Visit the Alcázar during the day… and night:
The Alcázar of Seville is one of the city’s Unesco sites and most visited monuments, as it is the perfect example of mudejar architecture – a mix of Moorish and Christian details – with its intricate arabesques and ornaments, golden details and its numerous courtyards. It was built as a Royal Palace but it is now open to visitors and sometimes used as a movie set – in fact, some scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed there!
After visiting the palace itself, which is truly a masterpiece, the gardens are definitely worth a visit, as they stretch behind the palace buildings and are perfect for a nice stroll. You’ll encounter a lot of different plants, as well as cute benches made of colourful tiles, magnificent fountains and lots of flowers!
Top tip: if you have time, from April to September, you can visit the palace at night in an immersive live play that will guide you through the palace, telling you the story of Magellan’s expedition to the East Indies. You’ll have the place almost exclusively to yourself and the light and sound effects make this experience truly magical!
Check out the stunning Plaza de España
Located a bit further away from the pedestrian city centre, the Plaza de España was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and is another incredible example of architecture mixing a lot of different styles. On one side, there is the María Luisa park and, on the other side, a very long semi-circular wall with an archway on top of it. In the middle of the plaza, a big fountain stands tall and a small artificial canal are crossed by colourful bridges.
The best thing to do here is just to walk around. Thanks to the vastness of the place, the crowds disappear, with only some gatherings under the archways, were you might stumble upon an impromptu flamenco show. Then, you can move onto the numerous alcoves on the wall surrounding the plaza that represent the different provinces of Spain with colourful tiles. Similarly, the bridges crossing the canal represent the ancient kingdoms of Spain, and each of them is adorned with amazing details.
Explore the Parque de María Luisa
On the other side of the Plaza de España, the María Luisa park is another wonder of Seville with its stunning gardens, tiled little benches here and there, stunning pavilions, large ponds and beautiful fountains. It also serves as a botanical garden, and in fact you can admire a huge variety of Mediterranean and exotic plants throughout the whole park.
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Admire the Seville Cathedral and Giralda tower
Santa Maria de la Sede, Seville’s cathedral, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Counting as one of the city’s Unesco World Heritage sites, it is truly a masterpiece, standing tall in the city centre. It was built mostly in the 15th century on the site of a mosque, of which you can now only see a beautiful patio with orange trees and the Giralda tower, which was formerly the minaret and is now the bell tower.
Inside the cathedral, after marvelling at all the architectural details, you can check out Christopher Columbus’ tomb, walk around the Patio de los Naranjos with its Moorish architecture and, of course, climb up the Giralda for breath-taking views over the city.
Get lost in Triana
Triana is one of Seville’s most famous districts for its beautiful market, vibrant culture, colourful tiles and sense of identity. Located on the other side of the Guadalquivir, the river that runs through Seville, Triana feels like a little town on its own with its quaint little streets to get lost in. While you are there, do not miss a stop at the Mercado de Triana for a full immersion in an Andalusian market, and be sure to walk along Calle san Jacinto and its many cafes and restaurants, and Calle Betis along the river for beautiful views!
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Go to a Flamenco show
Usually associated with Spain in general, flamenco is an art that originated in Andalusia and has roots in the gypsy culture of that region. It is also said that it was born in Seville specifically, which is why going to a flamenco show and witnessing first-hand this energetic and passionate art, which associates voice, song and guitar in a powerful performance is another must-do while in Seville.
Watch the sunset from Las Setas
Las Setas, also called “Metropol Parasol”, is an immense wooden structure resembling mushrooms located in a cute square of Seville. It consists of six parasols standing on concrete columns, and stretches out to cover a huge portion of the square. On the ground floor, there is an exhibition that allows you to see an archaeological museum, but the best thing to do is to climb up the “mushrooms” and walk along the boardwalk to get stunning 360° views of the city, especially at sunset.
Eat a lot of tapas
Tapas are usually bite-sized food portions that can be a whole lot of different things, from simple fresh olives to more complex dishes. While the tapas culture is common in all of Spain, it is in the South, and specifically in Andalusia and Seville – where it is said to have originated – that it reaches its peak. So, while you are in Seville, don’t miss on the opportunity to try and share countless delicious tapas in one of the hundreds tapas restaurants of the city!
The complex history of Seville probably accounts for the incredible amount of things to see and do there, and while all the historical monuments are worth a visit, it is also particularly enjoyable to just walk around the centre, get lost in its narrow and cute streets, and take in the vibrant atmosphere of the city, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of its inhabitants, and immerse yourself in its beauty.
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