A bit of tourism

A bit of tourism

By: Macarena Eslava


Date: February 1st, 2023

Seville is the capital of Andalusia and one of the most enchanting cities in Spain and Europe. Rich in history, culture, and art, Seville offers an abundance of sights and experiences that cater to diverse interests. Here’s a brief guide to some of the must-see attractions:

  1. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea (Seville Cathedral): This is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the third-largest church in the world. Its bell tower, known as the Giralda, offers panoramic views of the city. It was originally a minaret of the mosque that previously stood on the site.
  2. Alcázar of Seville: An exquisite and complex palace that has been expanded and modified by various rulers over the years. The Alcázar is a stunning representation of Mudejar architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  3. Plaza de España: Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, this is a massive semi-circular building with a canal running along its curve. You can rent rowboats to paddle in the canal and it’s an ideal spot for photographs.
  4. Triana: Located across the river, this vibrant neighborhood is famous for its traditional pottery and flamenco. The Castillo de San Jorge, once a fortress, and the Triana Bridge are also key landmarks here.
  5. Metropol Parasol: Locally known as “Las Setas” (The Mushrooms), this is a modern architectural wonder made of wooden structures and offers a unique contrast to Seville’s historical monuments. You can go to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
  6. Barrio Santa Cruz: The former Jewish quarter of Seville is a maze of narrow streets and alleys filled with orange trees, picturesque squares, and hidden courtyards. It’s an atmospheric and charming place to wander.
  7. Museums: The Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) is a must-see for art lovers; housing works by Spanish artists like Murillo and Zurbarán. The Flamenco Dance Museum offers insights into the art of flamenco, which is integral to Sevillian culture.
  8. Bullring (Real Maestranza de Caballería): It is one of the most famous bullrings in Spain and includes a museum that traces the history of bullfighting.
  9. Guadalquivir River: This river divides the city and is lined with numerous landmarks. You can take a river cruise or simply enjoy a walk along its banks.
  10. Archives of the Indies (Archivo de Indias):  A UNESCO World Heritage site that holds a vast collection of documents pertaining to the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines.
  11. Flamenco Shows: Seville is known as one of the birthplaces of flamenco. Attend a live show at one of the city’s many tablaos.

Seville also offers a rich culinary scene. Do not leave without trying tapas at local bars, sipping on Andalusian wines, and tasting traditional dishes like “flamenquín” or “salmorejo”.

Remember, Seville can be very hot in the summer months, so plan accordingly. The best times to visit are during the spring and fall when the weather is more pleasant and you can experience local festivals like the Feria de Abril or Semana Santa. Enjoy your time in this magical city!

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