Friends in London convinced me I had to go to Seville. I’m very pleased I did. Sitting on the Guadalquivir River, Seville feels like an authentic Spanish city of old. It’s the heart of Andalusian culture, and the home of Flamenco, bullfighting, and arguably the region’s best tapas bars. Which surely makes it one of the world’s most passionate cities.
Seville’s art and architecture (Roman, Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque) is also without equal in southern Spain. So start your visit in the old city, taking in the cathedral, La Giralda Tower (which are every bit as stunning during the day or lit up at night) and the Real Alcazar palace without even leaving the square.
La Giralda is the cathedral’s beautiful minaret tower, originally intended for the chief mosque, but now the magnificent bell tower of the Cathedral and a symbol of Seville. You can climb to the top for a great view of the city.
The Cathedral of Seville, is a fifteenth century cathedral that occupies the site of the former great mosque built in the late twelfth century and is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
The Real Alcázar is a stunning palace in Mudéjar (Moorish) style, built in the XIV Century by Pedro I the Cruel and now listed as a world heritage site. Its extravagant architecture, lavish gardens, ponds and extensive courtyards, it’s a fascinating place. Look out for the room where Christopher Columbus’s journey to the Americas were planned.
This ancient architecture is then surprisingly and beautifully offset with the modern Metropol Parasol:
Once you’ve taken in these architectural gems, spend your time taking in three of Seville’s biggest passions: Bullfighting, Flamenco and of course Tapas.