Seville Travel Guide
The capital of the province of Seville, also called Seville, is one of Spain most incredible city, with an international reputation and more than 2,000 years old. Its historical centre has managed to remain untouched until today, and is a reputed touristic destination.
Seville enjoys the pleasure of a hot Mediterranean climate and the privilege to own one of the warmest cities in Europe, with mild winters and hot summers. This beautiful city has a lot of great things to offer when visited, covering a wide range of possibilities. You'll find here historical monuments, huge museums, beautiful gardens, and an intense nightlife as well as plenty of festivals, Seville is also famous for its traditional cuisine. Local specialties include seafood, fries or grilled, Andalusian ham, spinach and chickpeas, moreover many grilled meats with various sauces. The 'tapas' are Seville’s primary culinary attractions, and they refer to a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. Besides eating, the Sevillanos dance, and they dance on flamenco rhythms, even though this isn’t a traditional Sevillan dance. This city has one sole golden rule: 'enjoy everything you can'.
So what’s there to visit in Seville? The list is impressive, but here are the main directions, to make sure you cover it all, or as much as possible.
The Monuments of SevilleThe most important historical monument in the city is the Cathedral of Seville, built after the Reconquista on the city’s former mosque. Its interior has the longest nave in Spain, but it is also renowned as the largest Gothic and at the same time medieval cathedral. With a beautiful statue representing Faith, and with columns kept from the former mosque, this is an impressive monument. Other famous monuments in Seville include the Town Hall, the University of Seville, the 'Torre Del Oro' (the golden tower), or 'Plaza de Espagna', a magnificent example of local architecture combining various historic styles in a very colorful manner.
The Gardens of SevilleSeville is a city proud of its green places, a proof of that is the large number of gardens and parks spread out throughout and surrounding the city. The most famous examples are Parque de María Luisa, built for the 1929 World Fair which was held in Seville, but also the Alcazar Gardens, laid out in beautiful terraces, or the Cartuja Island, a famous theme park. Other gardens are very much visited for their peaceful ambinece and fresh air, just like 'Jardines de Cristina', 'Parque de los Príncipes' or 'Jardín Americano'.
The Museums of SevilleThe most famous museum in Seville is The Museum of Fine Arts, built in 1835, which contains the most impressive Spanish art collection, from medieval times to contemporary pieces of art. The most famous artworks in this museum belong to Murillo, Pacheco and Zurbarán, so they are definitely worth seeing. Other interesting museums are the Archaeological Museum, the Andalusian Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Traditional Arts and Costumes.
The Festivals of SevilleOne thing is sure about Spanish people: they certainly know how to party. In Seville, two major festivals take place each year, Semana Santa and Seville Fair. The first one is celebrated right before Easter, and it’s one of the most popular religious events in Spain. The second one, Seville Fair, begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, and everybody will party, dance, eat, drink and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere for six days.
The Nightlife of SevilleSevillanos usually don’t go out until 1 a.m., they will stay in a bar and enjoy a drink or a cocktail. After this very moment, a series of parties are launched in numerous clubs and discotheques spread all over the city center. Seville enjoys a very intense night life, reason for which many tourists come here to enjoy it too.
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