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Seville is a city that captivates the senses and enchants visitors in unique ways. Perhaps it’s the grandeur of its monuments, or the allure of neighbourhoods like Triana. It could be the aroma of jasmine wafting through the air or the soulful sounds of Spanish guitar music filling the streets. For others, it's the vibrancy of cultural festivals or the unbeatable tapas that make Seville unforgettable. Join me on a journey as I highlight some of the must-see attractions in this stunning and charming Spanish city.

Seville is an alluring destination, teeming with history, sophistication, and lively locals who know how to have fun. The city is a melting pot of cultures and eras, with each street symbolising a fusion of different times and influences. From the 500 years of Moorish reign to the extravagant 16th-century edifices, funded by the wealth of the Spanish Empire, when ships sailed the Guadalquivir River straight to Seville. The old town centre is a labyrinth of slender medieval alleys, while the former gypsy quarter of Triana, one of the birthplaces of flamenco, has turned into the city's trendiest hotspot.

Seville isn't just a city with a rich cultural history, it's also a green oasis with plenty of well-maintained parks and natural spaces to escape the summer heat. Take a boat ride on the river Guadalquivir, the only navigable river in Spain, to experience the city's historic roots. But it's not just the scenery that makes Seville so special – it's also the people. Join the locals at night, as families gather to chat over a glass of tinto de verano (summer wine) and tapas. Even in the height of the tourist season, you can still explore the city's authentic atmosphere without battling the crowds.

While the surrounding cobbled streets and alleyways near the world's largest Gothic cathedral are worth exploring, it's the hidden treasures that are truly worth discovering. Take a wrong turn and stumble upon a time-worn taverna with crisp local sherry or the rickety home of Seville-born painter Diego Velázquez. It's a shame that many visitors to Spain's fourth largest city don't venture beyond the main attractions. Seville has much more to offer a little further afield.

Jonathan Lewis

Plaza de Espana

Plaza de España is without a doubt one of Spain's most renowned and photographed squares, and for good reason. The plaza, which was built by Sevillian architect Aníbal González for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, is a true masterpiece. It's not just the immense size of the plaza or its artistic beauty that make it popular, but also its fame on Instagram. Additionally, the square has been featured in blockbuster films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. The plaza spans an area of 50,000 square metres and is located adjacent to Maria Luisa Park (which is definitely worth a visit). As if that wasn't enough, there's also a 515-metre Venice-style canal that you can explore by boat.

 

Real Alcazar

The Real Alcázar is a stunning UNESCO-listed palace that still serves as the Spanish royal family's residence. Fans of Game of Thrones may recognize it as the Water Gardens of Dorne. Its Moorish patios predate the Alhambra in Granada, and the grounds feature magnificent gardens with a maze, pools, fountains, and bougainvillea climbing the walls that are over 150 years old.

Seville's Alcázar Palace complex is a breathtaking masterpiece, combining Christian and Mudéjar architecture. Originally built as a fort in 913, the site underwent many renovations over its 11 centuries of existence. King Pedro added the Palacio de Don Pedro in the 14th century, which remains the crown jewel of the Alcázar to this day.

As a royal palace, the Alcázar hosted the wedding feast of Infanta Elena, daughter of King Juan Carlos I, in 1995 after her marriage in Seville's cathedral. The Cuarto Real Alto (Upper Royal Quarters), which serve as the Spanish royal family's rooms when they visit Seville, are available for guided tours. Take a stroll through the Alcázar Palace and immerse yourself in its rich history and stunning beauty.

 

Seville Cathedral

Directly across from the palace, you will find Seville's stunning showpiece church – the Catedral de Sevilla. Its grandeur and size are awe-inspiring, making it a must-visit while in the city. Originally built between 1434 and 1517 on the remains of the former city mosque, it now stands as the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Here are a few highlights to look out for: The Giralda, a mighty bell tower that incorporates the mosque's original minaret, the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Capilla Mayor, which features a breathtaking gold altarpiece.

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Seville Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of St Mary of the See) is not only the largest Gothic church in the world but also the fourth-largest church overall.

 

Triana

Triana, situated across the Guadalquivir River in Seville, is accessible via the 'Puente de Isabel II' bridge. This bustling working-class neighbourhood is renowned for producing many famous bullfighters and flamenco dancers. Unlike other districts in Seville, Triana lacks remarkable landmarks. Instead, it is a genuine neighbourhood with winding alleys that offer a delightful experience for wandering. Historically, Triana was the heart of the city with all major waterways intersecting here. In the past, this commercial district was famous for its Azulejos tiles and pottery, which are ceramic tiles with blue paintings. Despite its significant role in Seville's history, Triana remains relatively untouched by tourism. Over time, as the Guadalquivir silted down, Triana evolved into a bustling working-class district that maintains its authentic charm.

 

Tapas

In Seville, tapas reign supreme, surpassing even the most highly-regarded Michelin-starred restaurants and fine dining establishments. The most unforgettable culinary experiences can be had in a jam-packed bar, rubbing elbows with locals. The city’s fiery capital has always been known for its tapas, and to this day, the "evening tapeo" or tapas bar crawl, is an integral part of the social scene. Whether you prefer upscale restaurants or traditional Andalucian tapas bars, Seville has it all, from modern takes to cosy neighbourhood spots with classic menus etched in chalk.


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