Sevilla is a beautiful and beguiling city that will capture your heart and you will find the essence and spirit of Andalucia condensed here in the regions capital. It has everything from flamenco, stunning architecture, excellent tapas bars, lively nightlife to the wide-open spaces of the beautiful parks and plazas.
The city is over 2,000 years old and it’s steeped in history with the passage of various invaders leaving their imprints virtually everywhere. Wherever you look there are impressive edifices and monuments with several of them being located in the old historic centre, which has the worlds largest Cathedral and the stunning Giralda tower.
The capital is split into several different barrios (districts) and if you have the time visit them all, but for quintessential Seville visit Santa Cruz, the old Jewish barrio with its labyrinth of winding streets, shady courtyards and scented orange trees. If you enjoy shopping then go to El Centro barrio with its excellent range of shops and stunning architecture. Across the Guadalquívir River is Triana the old gypsy neighbourhood, which is famous for its authentic flamenco and its stunning ceramics. There are many more barrios to explore each with their own special charms and uniqueness.
If you are here in spring you will witness the two most important festivals in Sevilla, Semana Santa (Easter) and the Spring Fair. The first is an enormous religious event that takes place the week leading up to Easter Sunday (Holy Week). Processions of floats are carried across the city centre by varying Catholic brotherhoods depicting scenes from the Passion and images of the Virgin Mary. After this period of religious constraint the Sevillanos loose their inhibitions and party day and night at the Spring fair. This week long festival takes place in hundreds of erected tents in the Real de la Feria Park where you can eat, drink and dance until the early hours.
You cannot come to Sevilla without eating some tapas, this city is credited with creating it and the local Sevillanos have made eating it into an art form. The quality and choice of tapas is superb with literally hundreds of bars to choose from, where you can copy the locals and enjoy a ‘tapas crawl,’ sampling dishes throughout the evening from several different bars. This city is also famous for its lively nightlife where you can party among the fun loving crowds in bars and nightclubs until dawn.
Rural Sevilla has many places to explore and visit. If you enjoy walking and outdoor activities then you will be spoilt for choice with the stunning Sierra Morena Mountains that dominate the landscape to the north of the province. The beautiful countryside is packed with typical white washed villages and is bursting with an array of flora and fauna. In the lower lands there is the River Guadalquívir with its fertile banks and marshes that is part of the Doñana Natural Park. All over the province there are many picturesque villages to visit with stunning churches, palaces and buildings.