Situated in Andalusia, in what some regard to be the real Spain, the fascinating capital of Seville will do more than dowse you in glorious sunshine. The unique assortment of Moorish and Roman architecture intrigues and inspires. Flamenco dancers ignite the beautiful streets with a passion that echoes from every wall.
Here are 5 ways you can soak up Seville’s beauty:
1. Be in awe of the Alcázar of Seville
The Alcázar of Seville is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, the palace was used to shoot scenes from the Game of Thrones series. The Arabian architecture astonishes with a sea of ceramic tiles of immense intricacy, and the maze of luscious green gardens provides photo opportunities around every corner.
2. Stroll and boat around Plaza de Espana
Built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition, this atmospheric plaza located in the celebrated Maria Luisa Park is a must see in Seville. This stunning architectural gem is what you’ll likely see if you search for pictures of Seville online, and has been used as a film set for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and The Dictator. Often described as the ‘Venice of Seville’, visitors can ride a rowboat along the water and soak up the sumptuous surroundings.
3. See the world’s largest gothic cathedral
Claimed to be the third largest cathedral in the world, the Catedral de Sevilla is a majestic masterpiece. The supposed tomb of famed navigator Christopher Columbus, the cathedral certainly makes its mark in the centre of Seville. The UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most visited landmarks in the area, along with the nearby Alcázar of Seville.
4. Take a short detour to Triana
Less visited but equally fascinating, Triana can be easily accessed via the Isabel Bridge, which spans the Guadalquivir River. More authentic than the old town, Triana becomes more intriguing once you read about its past. Historically connected with sailors, ceramicists, matadors, and flamenco singers, strolling down its quiet streets is an afternoon pleasure.
5. Get lost in Santa Cruz
Getting lost is not normally something you set out to do, unless you’re in Santa Cruz, Seville’s maze of narrow cobbled streets. The car-free area makes discovering the secret squares a stress-free delight, as well as encountering the many palaces and churches. Some of the best tapas bars and restaurants in Seville can be found in this district – an irresistible treat after a long evening stroll.