Things to do in Seville
The charm of the capital of Andalusia, Seville, rich in culture and traditions, is unique in the world. The Andalusian style is not only an attraction for tourists: traditions and passion, from tapas to nightlife, from bullfighting to flamenco. Seville is also rich in art and history: its Cathedral Saint Mary of the See is the largest in the world in the Gothic style, the Real Alcazar is a wonderful palace in Arab style while Plaza de España, which is a symbol of the unity of Spain, is the perfect place for impressive pictures. The river Guadalquivir river divides the city in two parts: the city center (el casco antiguo) and the district of Triana. Several bridges connect the two sides of the city; the most important one is the bridge Isabel II. Seville is one of the most sunny city in Europe with a mild climate in winter and a hot summer. It is recommended to visit Seville during spring or autumn. Seville is also very famous for its fair, the Feria de Abril, during which all the citizens dress up in traditional dresses and party all day and night long.
Real Alcázar of Seville
is a Royal Palace in the city of Sevilla. Built for the Christian king, Peter of Castile, on the site of a former Muslim Residential Fortress. In 1987, the Alcazar was registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located nearby the General Archive of the Indies and the Cathedral of Sevilla, the neighborhood of the castle some of the most beautiful in Andalusia. Some parts of the fifth season of Game of throne were filmed in the Alcazar.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the main Cathedral of Seville
. Consecrated in 1507, it is the third largest church in the world and the largest gothic church. As well as its neighbor, the Alcazar Castle, it was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage SIte in 1987. The neighborhood near the cathedral, spanning from El Arenal to the barrio of Santa Cruz, is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia.
The Tower of Giralda
is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville. Initially the minaret of the former mosque of Seville, it has been turned into a bell tower in 1248 when the mosque of Seville was turned into a cathedral. As well as the Cathedral, this bell tower is inspired from the Moorish and the gothic style. It has inspired a lot of architects in the world, especially for the construction of the Ferry Building in San Francisco or the Freedom Tower in Miami.
The Plaza de España
is a square in Seville. It has been built for the Ibero-American exposition held in 1929. This Plaza is a landmark of Seville with some great inspiration from Moorish and Renaissance style. Located at the margin of Maria Luisa Park, the Plaza de España showcased the industry and technology of Spain during the exposition. It has been used for two films: Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.
is a traditional dance from south of Spain. What makes the flamenco impressive is at the same time the beauty of the dance and the clothes that the dancer wear. The show is performed together with some Spanish Folklorique music. The oldest record of Flamenco dates back to 1774 in a book of José Cadalso. It is a typical dance performed by the gypsies especially from Andalusia, the other regions of Spain did not practice it as much as in the Southern area. The Flamenco dance museum is one of the best places to see a flamenco performance and learn more about this fine art.
is the touristic district of Seville. Merging the three wonders of Seville, this area is the must visit area of the city. Beside the cathedral, the Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies, Santa Cruz is a Jewish neighborhood with narrow street and orange tree giving it a real charisma. Like every touristic district, Santa Cruz is full of handcrafted souvenirs shops.
The Plaza de Toros
de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Seville is the famous bullring of the city. With an internal capacity of 12,000 people, this bullring is one of the largest in Andalucia and Spain. Built in 1749, the circular bullring replaced the former Bullring of Seville. Now it is also the house of a guild of traditional cavalry training.
Located in Granada, Spain, the Alhambra
is a spectacular fortress of Moorish and Christian styles built in AD889. This fortress hosted the royal Nasrid Dynasty until 1492. Alhambra, in Arabic means “the red”, probably derived from the reddish color of the Tapia of which the outer walls were made of. The French King, Charles V fell in love on this castle and built a palace in front of it to admire it's beauty. The Alhambra in Granada is the perfect location for a day trip from Seville.
is a typical city of Andalusia located 150km from Seville. It is mainly known for its Moorish history as it was a significant Muslim city in the Middle Age. Especially known for its Grand Mosque, the Mezquita, dating back 784AD. This city was for a time the capital city of Muslim territory in the south of Spain, known as the Caliphate of Cordoba. Its historic center is now classified in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
, stretching over 657 km, is the fifth longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, and it is also the only navigable river in Spain. Situated in Andalusia, the open part goes from Cadiz to Sevilla. This navigable part also includes the Doñana National Park. The Guadalquivir is also hosting a species of fish unique in the world. The particularity of this fish is that he doesn't have the right number of chromosomes.