Andalusia's capital is famous for its flamenco, bullfights and beautiful buildings. It’s a city that’s steeped in history, religion and a passion for the good life.
The Andalusian city of Seville is located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and is rich in historical, architectural and cultural treasures. The Catedral de Sevilla (Seville Cathedral) is stunning in its sheer size, containing impressive gilded images. Beside the cathedral is La Giralda, the bell tower that was once a minaret. On the other side of the square stands the great Real Alcázar (Royal Palace), where more than a thousand years of Christian and Moorish design collide in spectacular fashion.
The people of Seville are known for their passion, which is reflected in the two major festivals held before and after Easter. Semana Santa de Sevilla is one of the largest religious processions in the world, while the Feria de Abril will give local residents a chance let their hair down during a week of festivities, full of flamenco and other treats.
Seville is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of pubs in all of Europe. Not surprisingly is has a reputation as a major party town. Start your evening with a plate of juicy olives, some delicious ham and patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy sauce) in one of the many tapas bars. Then go to a gig or catch football match in Seville's La Cartuja, one of the largest stadiums in Spain, before hitting the bars and clubs around town.
In Seville it’s easy to watch those pennies; public transport is excellent, inexpensive and regular bus services run to all the important places. Explore the city at a slower pace by hiring a bicycle through the public bicycle rental program, Sevici, or choose to stay near the old town, where most of the important historical attractions are, so you can explore the area on foot.
The number of visitors drops during the summer months when the temperature rises to a scorching 36 ° C. The best time to visit is during the autumn or spring, which is also when the festivals are held.