A guide to Seville

Seville is a large city located in the southern region of Andalusia in Spain. The city has many architectural attractions and neighbourhoods filled with authentic tapas bars.

How to get to Seville?

Seville is located in the south of Spain. The city has its own international airport, and the airport is located close to the city. There is a train station for regional trains and the high-speed AVE train. The AVE connects Seville to Madrid in slightly over three hours.

Where to stay?

There are many places where you can stay during your trip to Seville. It is recommended to book your trip in advance in order to avoid high prices. Some of the city's most famous hotels are those located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city's historical district. Many of those are located inside traditional white-washed houses, and some have views towards the city's cathedral. There are several hotels with pools on the rooftop. If you are on a budget, then a hostel is your ideal option. The two areas filled with hostels are the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the Triana neighbourhoods. Hostels located around these areas are within walking distance of most of the city's landmarks and are close to tapas bars, clubs and restaurants.

Which landmarks are a must see?

Walking around Seville is similar to walking around the history of the country. An example of this is the Alcazar, a Moorish fortress located in the historical city center. This fortress was later transformed into a palace used by the Catholic kings, and new halls were added to it. Today the palace presents Arabic gardens, Moorish-style halls, Mudejar patios, Renaissance halls and Gothic rooms. Do not miss the Hall of Ambassadors, with its latticed gold ceiling and a large mural representing members of a long gone government.

Next to the Alcazar is the city's cathedral. The cathedral's bell tower, the Giralda, is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The cathedral was built on the ruins of a mosque, and the only part of the mosque that survived was the minaret tower, the Giralda. The Giralda was then converted into a bell tower. Nowadays you can visit the cathedral and climb up to the top of the bell tower, from where you will be able to enjoy views towards the city center and the Guadalquivir river.

What else is there to visit?

There are many other landmarks you can visit during your stay in the city. Enjoy a day in the Isla Mágica theme park, which has many roller coasters and water rides. If you need a place to relax, head towards the María Luisa Park. In this park you will find gardens and a large semicircular square, the Plaza de España. This square is decorated with tiled niches, each niche representing one Spanish province.

Cross the Isabel II bridge to the Triana district. This traditionally gypsy neighbourhood is located opposite the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Enjoy some tapas, traditional appetizers, accompanied by a drink, on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Some typical tapas include round, dark green olives, tortilla de patata potato omelet and slices of jamón ibérico and jamón serrano ham. If you want more substantial food, try the chipirones squid, gambas al ajillo prawns in olive oil, and huevos revueltos, scrambled eggs that can be mixed with other ingredients, ranging from ham to fish.


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