Seville is the capital of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain. It's a beautiful and historic city and it's a great destination for your holidays where sun, light, culture, history, folclore and outdoor life are all to be found under an intense blue and mostly cloudless sky.
River and center of Seville, seen from the Triana quarter.
The excellent weather is the main reason for which important part of (daily) life in Seville traditionally takes place outside, generally on the street. This explains the great number of bars, restaurants and specially terraces all over the city.
The giralda tower is Seville's most emblematic monument.
World Heritage in Seville
- the Cathedral of Seville & the Giralda Tower
- the Alcazar palace
- the Archive
of the Indies
This group of monuments was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987
The Seville Cathedral
Alcázar palace - Los Reales Alcázares
The archives of the indies
Very popular as well is Plaza de España (the spanish square) in the María Luisa Park. In this area you can find many interesting buildings, reminders of the Latin American Exhibition which took place in Seville in 1929.
Plaza de España has even been a scenery for STAR WARS.
You can also take a look at the Royal Tobacco Factory where the famous story of Carmen (by Bizet) took place. Now it is the main building of the university of Seville.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Torre del Oro (the Gold Tower) is a building of arabic origin (C. XIII) which once formed part of the city walls. Due to it's close links with spanish maritime history, it was chosen as the site of the Naval Museum.
This tower marks the entrance to the Arenal district; the bullfight sector of Seville. Here you can find one of the most emblematic bullrings of Spain, the Real Maestranza de Caballería bullring of Seville .
Popular districts of Seville, Spain
In the center of Seville, Spain can be found more well-known streets such as Sierpes or Campana, as well as numerous churches, hospitals and renaissance and baroque palaces. Moreover in the Macarena district you can find the Alameda de Hércules, the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas (site of the Parliament of Andalucia), the Arch and Basilica of the Macarena and the San Lorenzo Church. The latter house two statues revered by the people of Seville: la Virgen de la Esperanza and Jésus del Gran Poder, celebrated during the processions in Semana Santa.
Another of the more traditional districts of Seville is that of Triana, on the other side of the river. Its profound maritime tradition can be seen in the streets Pureza, Betis or Alfarería and in Plaza del Altozano.
The Isla de la Cartuja is situated on this bank of the river, where bulidings remaining from the The 1992 Univeral Exhibition add to the existing historical monuments of the Cartuja and the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art.
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monuments, hotels and apartments in Seville
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Semana santa - Holy week (easter)
Feria de Sevilla
- Seville April fair
Terraces, (tapa)bars and restaurants
If there is something not too little of in Seville, it's definitely (tapa)bars, terraces and restaurants. In the historic center there is probably no radius of a 100 meters that does not contain a public drinking or eating establishment. In some areas the concentration is so high you can see, in one glance, over a dozen, like on the Alameda de Hércules, in the Santa Cruz, Triana or Alfalfa districts.
El Rinconcillo, the oldest bar of Seville (1670)
Shopping in Seville Spain
In the bustling old town you will find the main shoping area with shops of all kinds.
Tetuán street, shopping in Seville
Around Plaza Nueva and the pedestrian zone of Sierpes and Tetuán Streets there are many international shops and department stores as well shops selling souvenirs, crafts, leather goods, guitars, flamenco outfits, fans and embroidery.
On the other side of the river in the narrow streets of Triana there are numerous specialist ceramic shops.
The province of Seville, Spain
In the province of Seville there are several nice historic towns that are well worth a visit. Most recomendable and closest to Seville is Carmona, at only 32 km. on the route to Cordoba. Other typical towns are Écija (halfway to Cordoba as well), Marchena or Utrera.
To the north of Seville you find the only nature park of the province, conveniently called: Sierra norte de Sevilla
nature park. It is the continuation of La Sierra de Aracena y picos de Aroche nature park, that lies to the west in the province of Huelva. To the east it continues in the province of Córdoba as la Sierra de Hornachuelos first and next la Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro.
Coastline and beaches of Andalusia
Monuments in Andalusia
Nature parks and reserves in Andalusia
Airports in Andalusia