The capital of Andalusia is often described as ‘the most Spanish of all Spanish cities’, and when you visit Seville you’ll soon see why. Spain’s hottest city is the home of Flamenco music and boasts fabulous architecture, natural beauty, art, style and of course, endless tapas.
Things to do in Seville, Spain
Seville sightseeing begins with the 15th Century Cathedral of Seville and the Almohad Bell Tower of Giralda. As the largest Gothic Cathedral and one of the biggest churches in the world it symbolises the wealth and power of Seville. The Bell Tower is an iconic symbol of Seville and one of the rarest architectural styles in the world. Astonishingly, there are no stairs in the tower and you can reach the top via 34 sloping ramps. It is a phenomenal sight combining the best in Islamic and Christian architecture.
Be dazzled by the Alcazar Palace in Seville, a palace that is smaller than its oft-compared to counterpart, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, but with just as much beauty and history. There are many grand and ornately decorated zones in the Alcazar such as the Patio de las Doncellos (the Patio of the Maidens) and Jardin de los Poetas (the Garden of the Poets). It continues its royal ties when King Juan Carlos of Spain stays in Alcazabar when he visits Seville. Visiting the Alcazabar Palace is an exhilarating and rich experience that will fascinate you at every step.
Originating in Seville, every visitor to the city should experience the passion and vibrancy of a traditional Spanish Flamenco dance. Admire the professionals at a truly spine-tingling show and perhaps even take to the floor yourself!
If you ever wondered what was cloistered up behind the walls of convents and monasteries then you can find out at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes: the majority of the museum’s collection consists of paintings that were gathered from closed down religious buildings. A former convent, it exhibits some of the best Sevillian art from the medieval period to the modern day.
Ramble around the iconic Maria Luisa Park in Seville with its trapeze-shaped gardens, fragrant fruit trees and open-air sculpture museum. The adjoining Plaza de Espana was specially built for the Ibero-Spanish Exposition in 1929, which was an opulent fair dedicated to improving relations between Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. The legacy of the exposition is still living and Maria Luisa Park is home to a flock of rare white pigeons that were gifted to Spain by the Philippines.
The remains of Christopher Columbus are a mystery: some historians argue that they are buried in Santo Domingo while others argue that his body is buried in Seville’s Santa Maria Cathedral. It is quite fitting for a man known for travelling the globe not to be fixed anywhere certain: however, one thing is for sure, the monument dedicated to him in the Gothic Santa Maria Cathedral is a magnificent masterpiece to behold and does justice to his legacy.