Head south from Madrid on the E-5 and sooner or later you arrive in Andalusia. Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) is the capital and biggest city of this autonomous region, and also its most significant destination from a cultural perspective.
On the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Seville has a population of about three quarters of a million and a history going back to Roman times. But before we go on to tell you that its subsequent rule by the Vandals, Visigoths and Moors left behind plenty of history for present day travelers to explore, we should make a small side-step here and tell you that this is not really why you will want to visit Seville. I mean, it is of course, but what people who have been here rave about is something else: it is the city's atmosphere.
Some call it magical, some call it bustling, others romantic, but whichever it is to you, it is fair to say that this city, in seemingly eternally sunny southern Spain, is likely to touch you in some way. This is after all the city where tapas came from, which played an important role in the development of flamenco, and which is home to the oldest bullfighting arena in the country. Its people are a friendly and fun-loving bunch, and we can hardly think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than on one of the terrazas near the river with a drink in hand and happy, smiling sevillanos surrounding us.
But we are drifting a bit, because obviously the city has plenty of "hard" qualities too. Let's rewind a bit to the part of how history left its traces here and tell you about the Plaza del Triunfo and the main sights around that: the Gothic Cathedral and Giralda (its bell tower which was originally constructed as a mosque's minaret), but more importantly the Royal Alcázar of Seville: a Moorish-style palace in mudéjar architecture featuring lush gardens, courtyards with ponds and rooms with ornate decorations. The government buildings of the riverside Plaza de España and 13th century Torre del Oro as well as the Casa de Pilatos palace are the other key historical sights, all but the last one (Pilatos) concentrated in very short distance from each other.
Besides exploring charming neighbourhoods like the narrow shaded alleys of the Jewish Barrio Santa Cruz and checking out aforementioned sights, you should keep in mind what we told you about atmosphere. If you're not opposed to it, check out a bullfight or else go to see a flamenco show, eat some tapas, dance the night away at an open-air discotheque after getting your first drinks on a terrace here or there... [Review by travelindicator]
- Sevilla is a city in Spain's region of Andalucia. It has a population of 703,021, is situated at an altitude of 30ft and the best airport to fly into is SVQ (San Pablo, Sevilla)
- The main spoken language here is Spanish, and the average English skill is low
- Note: Sevilla is a good point of entry for trips to Spain as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Spain is the Euro (EUR)
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More Sevilla travel resources
You can read on at the Seville Lonely Planet or Wikitravel, both solid resources. At Insight Guides you find more good stuff, similarly at CN Traveller, but maybe best and most straightforward resource of all is this list at Touropia. We give you Tour Spain for good order and then leave you with Travels of Adam ("the week I fell in love with Seville") and Nomadic Matt.
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