Probably the most passionate city in Andalucia, Seville is home to a stunning range of historical monuments, including the Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral, which is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Stroll through Santa Cruz, the city’s tourist heart and sample the delicious tapas.
Turn Back Time in Seville's Old Town
One of the most beautiful cities in Andalucia, Seville offers narrow medieval streets with flower-festooned balconies, vibrant tapas bars, lively pavement cafes and a host of historical attractions.
The Cathedral, the Giralda, the Alcazar, with its stunning gardens, the secret patios, the bars full of chatter where you can sit and watch flamenco dancers, the air drenched in the heady scent of orange blossom… These are all a vital part of a city which, with its firmly forged links to Flamenco, is at the heart of Andalucian culture.
This is the city of Carmen and Don Juan. It boasts the greatest Gothic cathedral in Europe and is home to two of the country’s greatest festivals – the renowned Semana Santa (Easter) celebrations and, hard on its heels, the spectacular Seville April Feria when the city is full of music, dancing, and finely dressed folk astride magnificently-bedecked horses.
Seville during festival-time is a must-visit destination in Andalucia.
A City Drenched in History
The Baroque Fabrica de Tabacos (tobacco factory) on Calle Fernando was the inspirational setting for Bizet’s well-loved opera Carmen and nowadays is part of the city’s university. The UNESCO World-Heritage listed Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and its Giralda (bell tower) is at the heart of the city’s historic centre. The cathedral was founded in 1403 on the site of a mosque and is the largest Gothic building in Europe, with five naves, and contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
It has been claimed that the tasty morsels called tapas were invented in Seville, and that the city has around 4,000 tapas bars and tabernas which offer plenty of opportunities to take time out from sightseeing. Pause for the sort of refreshment enjoyed by Sevillanos themselves and soak up the atmosphere while sipping a chilled sherry and sampling the delicious Iberian ham, spinach and chickpeas or oxtail stew.