Top attractions in Seville
From Moorish influences, which brought light to Andalucia when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, to the height of Spain's colonial era and the riches the Americas yielded, a stroll through Seville takes you on a tour of its golden ages.
Established as a fort in 930 AD, a royal residence of the Moorish kings developed over the centuries. Complete with lush gardens, it's an exquisite example of mudéjar architecture.
The world's third largest church stands on the site of the former, 12th-century Almohad Mosque. It's also been the final resting place for Christopher Columbus since 1898.
Soaring 341 feet, the cathedral's bell tower was the original minaret of the mosque. The bronze weather vane at the top has represented "faith" since the 16th century.
Once decked in golden tiles, this robust "Tower of Gold" on the banks of the Guadalquivir River houses the Naval Museum that reflects Spain's colonial expansion in the Americas.
Verdant and tranquil, the sprawling park along the city's river was the heart of the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. It's the perfect place to seek respite on a warm summer's day.
Built on the edge of María Luisa Park for the 1929 Expo, the grand, half-circle complex, with tiled alcoves representing Spain's provinces, boasts fountains and small canals.
Located in the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, the archive dates from 1785 and holds 43,000 records that document three hundred years of Spanish colonialism in the Americas.
Constructed as a cultural venue for the 1992 Expo, the theater primarily hosts opera and musical performances, including Spanish operettas known as Zarzuelas.
Feast your eyes on masterpieces by famed artists, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. Founded in 1839, the museum features artwork from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Controversial at first, the waffle-like structure invigorated a tired neighborhood. The view from the top offers a city panorama, while underground houses Roman and Moorish ruins.
A full four days will allow you to appreciate Seville's attractions without rushing. If you plan to come in spring for the Feria de Abril, then tack on another day or two for this major cultural and colorful event. For a week you'll never forget, consider experiencing Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter) in the city.
The city has a bus and metro system, and taxis are everywhere. Seville's main sights are also within easy walking distance. If you stay in Triana or simply want to explore the neighborhood, you'll find that metro and bus lines service that area, too.
The district of Santa Cruz is pretty central, and you'll have all there is to see in Seville at your fingertips. The district of Arenal is also a great option, as well as the former Jewish quarter of Triana across the river. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to arrive for Semana Santa, some hotels may require a week's stay.
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- From March to May, the city enjoys warm, comfortable temperatures, the crowds are yet to arrive, and there are some great festivals to experience.
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Since we wanted to experience something different than the usual city tour on our Spain trip with friends, we decided to book a Flamenco dance course for beginners in English. This was one of the top highlights of the holiday. The dance studio is in the old town of Sevilla within walking distance of the Plaza de Toros (so the best way to get there is by public transport). We were greeted very warmly by Eva, our teacher, and she was confronted with the situation of managing a group of 10 "dancers" between the ages of 7 and 45. She did this wonderfully well. With her open nature she immediately succeeded in getting both the children and us enthusiastic about Flamenco - for 90 minutes! During this time, we managed to learn a simple choreography. Thank you very much Eva, we really, really enjoyed it! Absolutely recommendable!
Our guide, Jesus, was excellent. So much information. We toured the Alcazar first and had about 25 minutes to visit the gardens on our own (longer would have been appreciated). Jesus then guided us around the cathedral, where our tour ended. We could then visit at our leisure and/or climb the Giralda. There was virtually no queuing (only a few minutes waiting for another tour group to precede us into the cathedral) and our guide was excellent. The organisation was straightforward and efficient.
Our guide was Lorena and she was fabulous. Very knowledgeable about history and many aspects of the cathedral and Alcazar. She was able to add lots of interesting and quirky details that had us thinking, laughing or at least grinning. She manoeuvred us through to avoid the crowds . As well as the amazing buildings, Lorena made the tour excellent. Thank you
This was an excellent tour. Being able to skip the line is a definite bonus and well worth it after seeing the length of the lines and security checks. Our guide was excellent- very knowledgeable and shared great tourist tips as well. The pace was very good also. Highly recommend this tour
Did not realise till quite late that meeting place is the tourist office. This should be printed more prominently on confirmation/tickets, or alternately make the meeting place where we actually gathered though I accept this may well not be easily described or shown.