Andalucía’s capital, Seville, is infused with the perfume of its lemon and orange groves, for which the region is famous. Flamboyant and feisty, romantic and passionate; Seville bursts with iconic and historic architecture, art and culture and a pleasing hybrid of the modern and traditional.
Among the maze of cobbled alleyways and winding streets lined with elegant, colourful balconied buildings rumble horse-drawn carriages. Impressive grand plazas like the Plaza de España lead to districts like Triana, the old gypsy quarter and one of the most charming areas of the city, Barrio Santa Cruz or the ‘Jewish Quarter’. Gaze at the magnificent Cathedral of Seville or the 16th century palace; Casa de Pilatos in all their architectural glory.
Discover Seville’s cultural side with a trip to one of its many museums from archaeology and science to Flamenco and the iconic Museo de Bellas Artes – considered by many to be the second most important fine arts museum in Spain. Flamenco clubs or Tablaos as they are known locally, show off Andalucía’s most famous, and most fiery, export. Opportunities for wining and dining are plentiful in Seville with tapas bars, gastrobars and traditional Andalucían tavernas squeezed into every available space. There are so many, in fact that Seville can boast more bars per inhabitant than any other city in Europe!
Love it or hate it, witnessing a bullfight at the famous Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza is a heart-racing experience, though it’s not for everyone. Alternatively, set a more relaxing pace with an amble along the Rio Guadalquivir or a Sunday stroll along the riverbank to the lush, refreshingly green Parquet de Maria Luisa past the stunning Moorish architecture of the Real Alcazar Palace with its lavish interiors and courtyards. Climb the 13th century Torre del Oro ‘Tower f Gold’ or the beautiful Giralda Tower minaret for breathtaking views across the city.
Nightlife is second-nature to Seville; from partying in Plaza Alfalfa with sangria cocktails to open-air clubs, live flamenco performances and even an Island (Cartuja) whose summer parties push on until 7am! Soothe the senses from last night’s overindulgence with a brisk climb to the top of Cerro de Carambolo for sparkling clean air and invigorating views or visit the lively atmosphere of the outdoor markets of Avenida de la Paz and Avenida Carols III that are sure to re-inspire the senses.
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Seville Airport is located 6 miles from the city centre of Seville and take just 25 minutes by car. There is a bus that runs to the city centre from outside the terminal building also taking 25 minutes to reach Seville. Alternatively, there are taxis available from opposite the airport terminal.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU nationals for not require a visa for Spain however a passport valid for the duration of stay is required. Nationals of other countries may require a visa – more information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: 18 is the legal age for purchasing or consuming alcohol while smoking is banned in all indoor public places including cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs as well as on public transport. It is also banned on television broadcasts, near hospitals or in school playgrounds.
Best Time to Visit
With its inland location Seville has extremely hot summers and very mild winters. Summer is inevitably peak tourist season thanks to the endless sunshine hours but it is worth exploring the area and making the most of cheaper flights in spring and autumn when the weather is more pleasant and there are fewer visitors. From June to September temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees which does not make for outdoor sightseeing. May and October are much more bearable.
Classic guitar fans should visit in January for the many guitar related events held in that month. Los Carnivales livens up February while March gets and injection of life with the Cristo de la Expiracion Fiesta. April is one of the most aromatic times of year with the stunning orange blossoms beginning to bloom in time for Semana Santa. May brings International Theatre, June the giant bonfires and fireworks of Dia San Juan, August is horse-racing on the beach while September to November mean music festivals, dance and sport. The Fiesta del Vino sees the local village fountain filled with wine, just in time for Christmas celebrations as Spain heads into December.
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