Situated in the south of Spain, the beautiful city of Seville is a perfect destination for an exciting weekend break. As the capital of Andalusia, Seville is said to be the birthplace of flamenco and offers a rich history dating back to the 8th century BC.
The city combines history, romance, arts, culture and an array of fantastic restaurants, bars and nightlife. Step out on to the streets of the Seville and you will discover narrow, winding lanes and hidden plazas surrounded by historic architecture.
There are plenty of things to do and see in the city for visitors of all ages. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just follow the River Guadalquivir, which flows through the heart of the city and you will see everything Seville has to offer.
Make sure you set aside some time to visit all the major attractions, such as the barrio of Santa Cruz, the cathedral and the Reales Alcazares Palace. Seville is also the best place to catch a flamenco show or one of the many art or music festivals held there.
Along the river you can also find the city’s popular bullfighting ring and opposite it the Torre del Oro – the tower of gold – which dates back to the 13th century.
Take time to discover Seville Cathedral, on of the largest in the world and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The building houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus and inside you will find some breath-taking design and decoration.
Having been constructed over older buildings, the Cathedral has many influences architecturally. In particular, the very popular tower of La Giralda displays some Arab influences.
It is also worth visiting the gorgeous Reales Alcazares Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in Europe. The King and Queen still reside there when visiting the city and the building itself is open to visitors throughout the year.
This amazing structure has the feel of several palaces all linked together and again shows a variety of different architectural styles and influences. Among the breath-taking buildings you can walk around the beautiful gardens, where there are many fountains, ponds, flowers and aromatic plants just waiting to be discovered.
While you are exploring the city, spend some time in the picturesque neighbourhood of Santa Cruz. This inner-city village contains winding streets and white houses with iron grilles and is definitely worth a visit.
Getting around the city is easy, with a choice of bus, tram or metro. Another way to explore it is by bike. The community bicycle program means that bikes are available for hire around the city for a small fee and there are green bicycle lanes on most of the major streets.
One of the things you will notice about Seville is that the locals are friendly and enjoy a lively social scene. At any time of day or night, the streets, bars and cafes are teeming with people talking, drinking and eating.
The fun-loving crowds mean the streets are always busy and you will find plenty of live music and lively dancing in the bars throughout the city.
You can enjoy some of the local delicacies in the many tapas bars and restaurants that line the city’s streets. Try the tasty seafood specialities or sample a delicious Polvorone, which is a sort of shortcake biscuit made with almonds.
If you do feel like heading out of the city, it is easy to hire a car and hit the road. Pay a visit to the Roman ruins at Italica. You will find the remains of a city, complete with an amazing amphitheatre with stunning mosaic floors.
Alternatively, you could escape it all and lose yourself in the Donana National Park. Take a guided tour by bus or by boat along the river and travel through the woods and marshes to see some spectacular wildlife. Whatever you look for in holidays, Seville really does offer it all, with the added bonus of fantastic warm temperatures throughout the season.