10 Best Reasons to Visit Seville Spain

Seville Spain – a University Town and Pride of Andalucia

Spain’s fourth-largest city is Sevilla. Seville Spain is the main town of its province and capital of Andalusia. It’s a university town. Seville lies in a fertile plain on the bank of the Río Guadalquivir River. Seville has rightfully earned its place as the capital of the Spanish region of Andalucia. That’s one of the best reasons to visit Seville Spain. This is where you will find the most authentic version of the Andalucian way of life.

Skyline of Seville Spain
Skyline of Seville Spain from the top of the Giralda. Click image to enlarge.

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Seville Spain Demographics
Seville Spain Demographics

Located on the Guadalquivir River banks, the city also stands as the cultural and financial hub of southern Spain. The city is a lover of festivals and has an undying devotion to the Catholic religion.

Perhaps, the most revered and intense events observed in Seville are the Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the annual Feria de Abril. Listed below are listed ten great reasons to visit Seville. They are not in any particular order, but are well worth your time to visit or participate in while there.

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There are Lots of Landmarks to Visit

An exploration of Seville brings you to a sea of landmarks like Baroque buildings, palaces, churches, theme parks and art galleries. The city also houses several captivating museums, including the Fine Arts Museum.

There is also the Cathedral Museum and the Provincial Archaeological Museum. At city center lie some famous areas like the lively Campana Street, the rustic La Macarena district and the Triana district, which reflects the old seafaring tradition of the city.

Seville harbour.
Seville harbour. Photo by Grez, License SA-CC-3.0.

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Some Attractions are Hailed as World Heritage Sites

A number of Seville attractions are situated in a charming neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Here, you can find structures, which are hailed as World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral in Seville is a great example of fine Gothic architecture.

One of the many reasons to visit Seville Spain is it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral was finished in 1506. It features great works of art and an impressive interior. Some Moorish structures still remain in the neighborhood, such as the spectacular Giralda minaret and the Orange Tree Courtyard.

After exploring the cathedral, head over to Reales Alcazares Palace. The interior of this impressive 9th century fortress is embellished with Mudejar decoration, while its exterior is surrounded by lovely gardens reflecting both Renaissance and Moorish styles. A tour around the palace will let you discover lavish rooms, grand halls and romantic courtyards.

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Immersing Yourself in its Distinct Culture

Just nearby is the General Archive of the Indies, which is one of the most significant document centers in Europe. Its precious collections mainly pertain to the New World conquest and the emergence of Spanish Renaissance art. Other places of interest are the San Telmo Palace, Casa de Pilatos, the Plaza de EspaÒa, and the Torre del Oro.

Another interesting place is the Museum of Art, nestled inside the Convento de la Merced building is where a great collection of pictures can be found. The museum is well-known for its 17th Century works of art.

 gardens in Real Alcazar de Sevilla
Panorama of gardens in Real Alcazar de Sevilla. Photo by Mihael Grmek, License: SA-CC-3.0.

Aside from visiting the landmarks, exploring the city means immersing yourself to its passionate and distinct culture. Learn more about the iconic Flamenco dance. Watch electrifying performances by visiting the Museo del Baile Flamenco and Al Arenal Cultural Center.

Catch a football game at Plaza Nervicon or witness a thrilling Bull Fight at the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza. Seville also boasts great tapas bars.

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Seville has a Great Choice of Night Life and Tapas Bars

It has the liveliest nightlife in all of Andalucia. Bars and clubs are scattered everywhere in the city. But the most popular spots are Calle Betis, Plaza Alfalfa, La Alamede de Hercules and Isla Cartuja. What are tapsa bars for the uninitiated. According to Wikipedia:

A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]) is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine.

There’s a huge range of tapas in Seville. For example: a bar the King goes to when he’s in Seville, to places you can play Billar with Bikers at 5:00 in the morning. Night-life is excellent. There is a wide range of clubs in the city.

Actually where you go really depends upon what you want to experience. If you wish to get deep into the culture, I suggest that you wander around El Barrio De Santa Cruz. There you’ll find there are loads of bars and restaurants that bring back the sense of Seville. However, if you want to mingle with the “Sevillian” lifestyle and locals, just go to La Alameda o Alfalfa. Those places are crowded and full of bars and pubs, in which you could have a drink for a very low price. It’s really just up to you.

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Assorted Attractions are Plentiful

I’m not going to start listing things here because just wandering around the city will reveal a huge number of interesting sites. There is the Cathedral (you’ve got go up the tower, called the Giralda). Very close is the Alcazar (about a half a minute from the Cathedral), the Tobacco factory, and a vast number of museums and galleries. If you happen to go there in April, the Feria is a must. It’s an April Fair. The whole town parties hard during that time!

 

Reasons to Visit Seville Spain
Metropol Parasol is a wooden building in the old quarter of Seville, Spain.

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Visit Italica which is just 9 KM NW of Seville

Although this nice attraction is not directly in the city it is so near and not to be missed. Many visitors to Seville apparently miss this historical attraction. Italica which is north of modern-day Santiponce, and 9 km NW of Seville, Spain was an elaborate Roman city. It was the birthplace of Roman Emperor Trajan, most likely that of Hadrian and possibly that of Theodosius. The modern town of Santiponce overlies this pre-Roman Iberian settlement and part of the well-preserved Roman city.

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The Old City is Simply Beautiful and Amazing

Seville is a very beautiful city full of a lot of history. While in Seville take advantage of the free city walking tours. They are quite interesting. They start at 11am, 1 and 4 pm at at different locations. The tours take you through the city and they tell you about the history of city and monuments. For some that is a relief from having to pay for the same thing in other places. For others it’s not just the tour, but a well needed exercise with the walking.

Seville is perhaps the best place in Spain to see the flamenco. A good flamenco dance will definitely cost you decent money, so don’t mind shelling out some cash. The city is very bike friendly and you can rent a bike pass called Sevici which gives you access to a bike and you can ride on the paths to basically anywhere in the city.

Plaza de España (Sevilla)
Plaza de España (Sevilla). A volaaa – Own work / CC BY-SA 3.0 es

The downtown area and by the river is a great place to go with many shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars to check out. Another good thing you can do is to take the cycling tours. It’s a good choice to help you see more of the city. That’s because they will take you to places where the hop on hop off won’t.

The Reales Alcazares is interesting. There is also a museum of the Inquisition that’swell worth seeing. The Archivo de las Indias usually has some nice small exhibits. The Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares is also well worth seeing. If you like tile, make sure to cross the river to Triana and walk around.

One of the best things you can do while lazily soaking in the city is to sit on a side walk cafe. Sip your Sangria along with some tapas as the city slowly moves around you. It has that old world romantic charm like no other city in perhaps all of Europe. More than one person has considered Seville’s jewel…. Seville at nighttime. It can bring a kind of melancholy or romantic feeling if you let it.

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A Few more Specific Places Worthy of your Visit

Plaza de España
Seville, Spain, Plaza de España. Image by Berthold Werner / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Plaza de Espana (Do not miss !
  • Alcazar Palace, the 14th century palace by Pedro I the Cruel. It has myriad rooms, extravagant architecture, lavish gardens with many courtyards, ponds and secrets to be explored,
  • Barrio Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter) near the cathedral. The area has small, winding streets. It is generally regarded as the most charming part of the city, but it is also fairly touristy.
  • La Giralda, A large and beautiful minaret tower built for the chief mosque, it is now the magnificent bell tower of the cathedral and a symbol of Seville. Climb the 34 ramps for a great view of the city.
  • Casa De Pilatos, a 16th-century palace and generally thought to be one of the best in the city.
  • Palacio de Las Dueñas, a palace built in the 15th century, belonging to the House of Alba. It has Renaissance architecture style and Gothic-Mudejar influences. The palace is one of the major historic homes in the city.
  • Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, (Palace of the Countess of Lebrija). The palace is considered the ‘best paved house-palace in Europe’ due to its collection of Roman mosaics. There is also a collection of well parapets, vases, amphora, columns and sculptures of incalculable worth.

There are well over a dozen more interesting places to visit and see. Depending on your time there you may not see all that Seville has to offer.

 

Seville Spain in the 16th century

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Museums and Galleries

  • Museo de Bellas Artes, Considered by some as the second most important fine arts museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. There are plenty of original paintings on local topics.
  • Museo de Carruajes, a small museum with carriages of various kinds.
  • Archeological Museum of Seville. It has one of the best collection of Roman-era artifacts in Spain, brought from nearby Italica.
  • Museo Antiquarium, a museum with excavated Roman and Moorish remains, discovered during construction of the Metropol Parasol.

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Flamenco and Festivals

Flamenco is very popular in Spain and is not just for tourists. However finding the right place is hard. Try Poking around the neighborhood of El Arenal. Try following the sounds of flamenco music to find a place.

* Museo del Baile Flamenco – Offers an experience for all the senses with ambiental music, videos, touch-screens and artifacts to be found in this 18th century building at the heart of the historical Barrio Santa Cruz.

* La Casa del Flamenco (Cultural Centre) – A good spot to see real flamenco.

* La Carbonería – Offers free flamenco shows nightly. Arrive early for good seats.

* Semana Santa. The sombre Easter week processions feature thousands of people and go on all week, a spectacular display of conspicuous Catholicism.

* Feria de Abril (Seville Fair). Also known as “Feria de Sevilla” – a release after the somberness of Semana Santa. This is a huge party. Most if not all of Seville takes a week’s holiday and they plan for the fair months in advance.

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Accommodation Considerations before You Visit Seville Spain

Some things to consider before planning a trip to Seville include the weather and accommodation expenses.

The city experiences extremely hot weather during the months of July and August. The prices for accommodation are considerably higher during times of festivals. If you decide to explore the city to its fullest, consider getting a Sevilla card.

The card provides you with some practical perks such as free admission to a number of notable monuments and museums. You also get unlimited use of sightseeing buses. Plus boat rides for a certain period of time. The card also allows you to get substantial discounts on shops, restaurants and shows.

Heineken brewery in Seville Spain
Heineken brewery in Seville Spain

Titles Bestowed

Seville was given titles by Spanish monarchs and heads of state throughout its history.

  • Very Noble, by King Ferdinand III of Castile after his reconquest of the city.
  • Very Loyal, by King Alfonso X of Castile for supporting him against a rebellion. See also the Motto “NO8DO”.
  • Quite Heroic, by King Ferdinand VII of Spain by Royal Document on 13 October 1817 for support against the French invasion.
  • Invictus (Invincible in Latin), by Queen Isabella II of Spain for the city’s resistance against General Van Halen’s asedium and bombing in 1843.
  • Mariana, by General Francisco Franco in 1946 for the city’s devotion to the Virgin Mary.

 


Seville in 5 minutes | Travel Guide | Must-sees for your city tour

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Published on Youtube on May 27, 2018

Seville – a spanish city brimming with life. Discover the most enchanting places, streets and squares in Seville. Feel the magic of Placa de Espana, Real Alcazar and Catedral de Sevilla. Our video travel guide in 5 minutes. Recommended stay: 3 days


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