Seville is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. A city of more than 700,000 inhabitants (1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it Spain’s 4th largest city).
Seville certainly is one of the most beloved places by visitors to Spain. Although today Moorish influence is architectonically most evident – Andalusia was occupied by Moors for about 800 years – it has been a cultural centre long before. The fertility of this land and its favorised climate with mild winters and about 3000 hours of sun per year (if you ever have visited it in August, where temperatures can arrive to some 47°C, perhaps you will deny to call it favorised) made Phoenicians and Carthaginians settle here.
Also later on Seville was the home of famous and infamous figures of history, the legendary “Don Juan” started from here to conquer the hearts of women across all Europe, while Columbus started from a port close to Seville to discover a new world.
When you visit this city, you are in the very heart of Andalusian culture, the centre of bullfighting and Flamenco music. Take yourself time and take life easy, as Andalusians use to do, and interrupt sightseeing from time to time to have a few “tapas”, those typical “small spanish dishes”, and a glass of Sherry wine in one of the probably thousands of bars in this city, and consider a few of the hints on the following pages to make your stay a memorable one.
Top 10 things to do in Seville
1. The Cathedral of Seville
2. La Giralda
3. The Alcazar
4. Torre del oro
5. Plaza de España
6. Parque de Maria Luisa
7. Casa de Pilatos
8. Archivo General de Indias
9. Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
10. Museo de Bellas Artes