Seville is the largest city in Andalucia and one of the most visited cities in all of Spain. It is full of culture, beauty and energy. Be prepared with water and sunscreen because Seville is one of the hottest cities as well.
Walking through the streets you will pass orange trees, lively tapas bars, horse drawn carriages and flamenco dancers. Seville is a hotspot in Spain for both Flamenco and Tapas.
In addition to the fun and nightlife, Seville also boasts an incredible Cathedral, Palace, and other worthy sites.
You can see the main sites in Seville in one day but a few nights are recommended to immerse yourself in the culture.
Seville is a very large city with 4 main neighborhoods.
Centro Historic: This is the central part of town, the heart of Sevilla, and host to most of the must see attractions. This is where you will spend most of your time and a great place to stay. There are many great restaurants in this area, but there are also many tourists traps that will be more expensive.
Barrio Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz is an easy walk from the center of town, and is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Sevilla. It is a walking neighborhood with narrow winding streets, covered walkways, and plenty of charm. This neighborhood is worth exploring to see the Andalusian tiles fountains, wrought-iron gates and plenty of cafes and restaurants. However, it is best explored during the day (muggings sometimes happen at night)
La Macarena: This neighborhood covers the north--eastern old city with Moorish city walls. It was once a slum, but now has many interesting Plaza's, churches , art galleries, and artisan food shops.
Triana: Triana is located on the left side of the Guadalquivir River. It is connected to the city by the famous bridge, Isabel II. This Bridge once was filled with locks representing love, but they have been removed. Triana is filled with culture and character. It was one known for it's Gypsies but is now famous for it's Flamenco culture.
Sevilla is an easy city to walk around. Many of the main attractions are within walking distance of Sevilla Centro.
Cathedral and Geralda Tower
Seville's Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral took over 100 years to build, has 80 chapels and is 124,000 square feet. The cathedral used to be Seville's main Mosque but most of it was destroyed in an earthquake. In 1248 the new construction as the cathedral started, but two parts of the mosque were preserved: the Moorish entrance, and the Geralda Bell Tower.
Admission includes entrance to the cathedral, where you can visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus, as well as admission to the Geralda Tower. The tower is 36 floors high and you can climb the ramps to get a beautiful view of Sevilla.
THE ALCAZAR REAL - ROYAL PALACE
This is one of the most impressive sites in all of Spain and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence, making it the oldest palace in Spain, still in use. You may recognize the palace from the 5th series of Game of Thrones.
Boasting amazing architecture and stunning gardens. you could easily spend a whole afternoon here.
The most mesmerizing part of the palace is the history, and the building itself tells the dramatic tale of the Moorish Dynasty to the Christian rule. Each chapter of this story is represented throughout the rounds.
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana is about a 15 minute walk from Sevilla Centro inside Maria Luisa park. If you would rather not walk, there are bike rental stations all over the city, as well has plenty of horse drawn carriages that will take you to the plaza. It is a Renaissance Neo-Moorish building with decorative foot bridges and a canal which allows boat rides.
The complex is decorated with azulejos, painted ceramic tiles that are popular in Seville and can be found all across the city. Colorful tiles are found throughout the building.
Decorative benches are found along the front of the building. Each depicts a different province in Spain. There are 58 benches in total.
Otherwise known as the "mushrooms", boasts the world's largest wooden structure. Locals are not too pleased with this new structure, as they consider it an eye sore. But for tourists, it is a great value and a unique way to see the city from a different perspective.
The structure was built where a market was previously located in La Encarnacion square when the area was being modernized. The market was torn down, and the area was unused until 1990, when Seville chose to construct an underground parking space. During this time, the ancient Roman and Moorish ruins were discovered, and construction was frozen. You are free to visit the ruins when purchasing tickets for the Metropol Parasol.
This is one of the best values in Seville. It is open most of the day, and is very inexpensive considering admission comes with a choice of beverage. Water, beer, or wine.
Triana is located on the left side of the Guadalquivir River. It is connected to the city by the famous bridge, Isabel II. This Bridge once was filled with locks representing love, but they have been removed. Triana is filled with culture and character. It was one known for it's Gypsies but is know famous for it's Flamenco culture.
In my opinion, Triana is one of the best places to enjoy Sevilla like the locals do. You can find great food at Los Golandrinas. It gets very busy on weekends and seating is limited. It is recommended to eat standing at the bar. Los Golndrinas became so popular they opened a second location. Los Golandrinas 2.
An excellent place to catch a free flamenco show is at Casa Anselma. The music is more folkloric than flamenco, but you
will be right in the middle of the action with spontaneous outburst of dancing, big crowds, and passionate singing. Casa Anselma is a very busy spot, but a bit tricky.
In Spain, dinner is around 8:30 pm. If you time it right, you will be just in time for Casa Anselma.
Admission is free, but Anselma will watch the crowds to make
sure you are purchasing drinks from the bar.
Seville is a vibrant and expressive city that should not be missed. It hosts some of the best food, sites, and entertainment in all of Spain.
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