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.