My family and I had a wonderful hassle free vacation 2 weeks in June. When my son approached me in 2021 and indicated that he wanted his children to see Spain and for me to help plan the trip, I jumped to the occasion. I had spent time in Spain in my...
S. Huff, Borrego Springs, CA USA
If you are looking for enchanting Spain, then look no further than Seville. It is without doubt the most romantic of the Spanish cities – where else will you find streets graced with horse-drawn carriages and wake up to the scent of orange blossom? Although Seville always had its fair share of visitors, monuments such as the 9th century Alcazar, the Giralda and Plaza de Espana have been even busier than usual following the filming of the HBO series Game of Thrones in 2014.
We love the atmosphere of the Barrio Santa Cruz which was the old Jewish quarter in Seville. It’s a wonderful place to walkabout and people-watch while sipping a drink at a café. Pop into the Hospital los Venerables to see a Velasquez painting and enjoy one of Seville’s wonderful private courtyards with a fountain.
The Alcazar is the oldest active royal palace and a must-see in Seville. The Telegraph recommends this “Moorish fortified palace adapted by later Christian kings. When you have explored the highly-decorated courtyards and state rooms, take a break at the garden café, and leave plenty of time to explore the gardens.”
If you like your history, Seville cathedral will be at the top of your list. According to Frommers, its “Gothic structure is so enormous that even its builders recognized the folly and fanaticism of their dreams.” Built on the site of a former mosque, it’s the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is the burial site of Christopher Colombus who docked here on his return from the Americas and put this city on the international trading map. Make sure to climb the Giralda bell tower where the views of the city are wonderful and as you exit, you should visit the Patio de los Naranjos (Orange Courtyard).
Opera fans will enjoy a visit to the Royal Tobacco Factory – the workplace for Bizet’s Carmen. Just south of the Tobacco Factory, you’ll find Seville’s beautiful botanical park - the Maria Luisa - alongside which you will find the magnificently tiled Plaza de Espana.
Shoppers should explore Calle Sierpes for traditional items such as fans, ceramics and leather goods. Anybody with a little girl in their life should pick up a feria-inspired flamenco dress or the flamenco shoes and castanets. And don’t leave Seville without seeing some live flamenco – you’ll thank us for it - really. As for daytrips, magnificent Cordoba and it's mighty mosque-cathedral is just 40 minutes away by high speed train. And Jerez, birthplace of the famous Andalusian horse and sherry wine capital of the world, is just an hour away.
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1. Alcazar of Seville (Real Alcazar de Sevilla):
A stunning palace complex with Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture and beautiful gardens.
2. Cathedral of Seville (Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede):
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, known for its impressive architecture and the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
3. Giralda Tower (La Giralda):
An iconic bell tower next to the cathedral, offering panoramic views of the city after climbing its ramps.
4. Barrio Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter):
A historic neighborhood with narrow streets, picturesque squares, and a mix of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian cultural influences.
5. Metropol Parasol (Las Setas):
A modern architectural marvel offering a unique perspective of Seville, with an elevated walkway and panoramic views.
6. Plaza de Espana:
A grand square with a semi-circular building featuring stunning ceramic tile work representing various regions of Spain.
7. Archivo de Indias (Archivo General de Indias):
A UNESCO World Heritage site housing important historical documents related to the Spanish colonies in the Americas.
8. Museum of Fine Arts of Seville (Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla):
A museum showcasing a rich collection of artworks by Spanish artists, including Murillo, Velazquez, and Zurbaran.
9. Flamenco Shows:
Experience authentic Flamenco performances at one of the many Flamenco venues in Seville for a taste of traditional Spanish music and dance.
10. Casa de Pilatos:
A beautiful mansion blending various architectural styles, including Renaissance, Gothic, and Mudejar, with stunning gardens.
11. Hospital de los Venerables (Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes):
A Baroque-style building housing cultural events and exhibitions, showcasing Baroque art and architecture.
12. Antiquarium (Antiquarium de Sevilla):
An archaeological museum displaying Roman and Moorish ruins discovered beneath the Metropol Parasol.
13. Palacio de las Duenas:
A historic palace showcasing a mix of architectural styles and beautiful gardens, once home to the Duke of Alba.
14. Triana Neighborhood:
Explore this lively neighborhood known for its ceramic workshops, vibrant nightlife, and traditional tapas bars.
15. Teatro de la Maestranza:
Attend a performance at this renowned opera house and theater, showcasing opera, ballet, and concerts.