The City of Seville is located in the region of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. Walk around the city center and enjoy the local architecture before succumbing to delicious tapas in the Triana District.
How to Get There?
Seville has an international airport with several incoming international flights. Make sure to book your flights in advance in order to ensure affordable tickets. Prices are steep during the city's main event, the Feria de Abril fair, celebrated shortly after Easter. Another way of getting into the city is by bus and by high speed AVE trains, which connect the city to Madrid.
Where to Stay?
When planning your trip, take into account that it is preferable to stay in the city center in order to enjoy what the city has to offer. This city can be explored on foot, and most of the landmarks are located near the city center. Stay at one of the hotels located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz historical district. If you are looking for cheap hostels, head towards the Triana neighborhood, located opposite the historical city center.
What not to Miss?
There are several landmarks you must visit during a trip to Seville. Two of the most important places to visit are the Cathedral, with its famous Giralda tower, and the Alcazar, a Moorish fortress located close to the city center.
The cathedral's interior will leave you speechless. There are large marble columns, narrow windows and a set of gardens filled with fragrant oranges. The main feature of the cathedral is the Retablo Mayor, an altarpiece that was carved from wood and covered in gold leaf. Part of the halls have been transformed into galleries where religious relics can be seen. After touring the inside of the cathedral head towards the Giralda, the cathedral's bell tower. This bell tower used to be a minaret and is now one of the city's most famous symbols. Climb up to the top in order to enjoy views towards the city center.
Another main landmark, located opposite the cathedral, is the Alcazar. This ancient Moorish fortress was later transformed into a palace used by the Catholic Kings, and its halls represent Spain's architectural history. There are Gothic halls, several Mudejar patios, Arab-style courtyards and Renaissance rooms. Do not miss the Hall of the Ambassadors, a large hall decorated with golden latticed domes and murals representing civil servants.
What to See?
There are many other attractions besides those that can be found in the Barrio de Santa Cruz historical district. Another way of exploring this city is by enjoying a ride in a ferry boat along the Guadalquivir river, from where you will be able to see the historical city center and the traditional Triana district. Check out the María Luisa Park, an ancient park located close to the city center and the river. This park can be explored during a ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. In the center of the park you will find the Plaza de España square. Most of the buildings have been transformed into museums dedicated to local art and culture. There is a river in the middle of the square and rowing boats are available for rent. The square itself is decorated with tiled colourful niches, and each niche represents a Spanish province. The mural above each niche's mural shows typical products from that province.