No matter when you visit Seville, one thing is for sure – you will fall in love with this amazing place.
“Some cities have looks, other cities have personality. The sevillanos get both, courtesy of their flamboyant, charismatic, ever-evolving Andalucian metropolis founded, according to myth, 3000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules.”
– Lonely Planet
The moment I arrived, I knew I want to come back again. It felt like home. The people, the vibe, the food, the culture, the language – absolutely amazing. We stayed at an Airbnb apartment that I can totally recommend – central, clean and with a great host. You can experience the everyday life of the locals and get to know the culture.
There are so many things to do in Seville, but let’s focus on five of them:
1. Plaza de España
Plaza de España was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, also known as “Venice of Seville” since you can rent a boat and row in the canal. The four bridges represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain – Castille, Aragon, Navarre and Leon. The building is actually used nowadays for housing various government offices. Working there is a dream of mine =)
Plaza de España was also featured in Star Wars – Attack of the clones.
Sit on the steps and listen to the street musicians. The best thing to do on a hot day.
2. Real Alcázar de Sevilla
The Alcázar of Seville, a World Heritage Site, is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. It is known as one of the most outstanding examples of the Mudéjar architecture, developed by moorish kings.
The gardens are the thing. If you get tired from walking, there is a nice coffee place with an amazing view and peacocks wandering around freely.
Practical information: If you visit the palace in the summer, bring enough water since the queue can be long. Go first thing in the morning if you can. The ticket costs 9,50€. Prices at the coffee place are also reasonable.
3. Seville Cathedral & Torre Giralda
The Seville Cathedral, called Santa Maria de la Sede, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It was built in 1506 where once was the Aljama mosque – the Giralda was formerly the minaret, now the bell tower. The cathedral houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
Practical information: Extremely long queue times. The entrance fee is 9€ which also gives you access to the tower. Climbing the Giralda is worth the effort – the view is breathtaking.
4. Metropol Parasol
Seville has also a modern side. Metropol Parasol, designed by German architects, is the world’s largest wooden structure.
Practical information: It costs just 3€ to go on top of the structure – you also get a free drink and a postcard. A great place to watch the sunset, escape the heat and have an amazing view of the city.
Flamenco became a popular public performing art with the opening of the first cafe cantante in Seville in 1842.
Do not miss going to a flamenco performance in Seville! Usually there are two performances in the evening, costing between 15€ and 20€ depending where you go.
Wish you a great time in Seville – the city of oranges!