"He who hasn't seen Seville has never seen true wonder." - Spanish proverb
Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish, is the fourth-largest city on the Iberian peninsula. It’s in the south of Spain and the capital of Andalusia.
The locals are very proud of their city, its culture, and its heritage and by the end of this article, you'll understand why.
It has a special place in the hearts of everyone who lives there. With great food, weather, culture, and history, the Andalusian capital has it all.
It’s also an excellent representative for Spain. According to the World Tourism Organisation, Spain was the second-most popular tourist destination after France and ahead of the United States. With Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada, you might be wondering why Seville is worth your time and money. There’s something special about this city. Welcome to Seville!
If there’s one thing that most Brits will enjoy about Seville, it’s the weather. For many, it’s one of the best things about Seville.
Seville enjoys over 300 sunny days each year. In summer, however, the temperatures might be a bit too much for some of us. Spring is probably the best time to visit if you want to visit the city and move around a bit.
Why not visit other parts of Andalusia, too?
While locals will tell you that Seville is the best city in Andalusia, you can easily get a bus from the city's Plaza de Armas bus station and go on a day trip to Granada or Cordoba.
Seville is famous for cultural events and festivals. In spring, the Feria is the city’s famous festival and you’ll struggle to find a place that celebrates Semana Santa (Easter Week) more than Seville.
If you visit in summer, you can enjoy the parks and green spaces when the temperatures get too high. Seville has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, after all.
You could visit Seville just for the history alone. From Roman Colony to the departure point for the Americas, Seville has seen and done it all!
Each of its monuments can attest to its history. The fortified Alcazar palace was built in 844 and the city’s 15th-century cathedral is technically the largest in the world.
The Torre del Oro, Giralda, Plaza de España, and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza are all worth visiting alongside the various museums in the city. Don’t hesitate to visit the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. You won’t regret it!
Even just walking around the city is an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful architecture.
With so many different and impressive buildings, Seville shows off its Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish history. No matter what you do or what you see, you’re bound to be impressed by Seville.
You have to see the Torre del Oro and the city’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Seville Cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Archivo de Indias.
Need we say more?
There are also plenty of other things to see whilst you’re there.
You don’t need to be a tour guide to understand why you should visit Seville; it’s a wonderful city with lots to see and to. For some, the fact that you can see and do almost all of this on a budget is the biggest draw.
You can quite easily get to Seville with low-cost flights from the UK. Vueling, Ryanair, and EasyJet all offer flights to the region. Thanks to the low cost of visiting the city, everyone can visit.
Like cities across the world, Seville has a particular lifestyle. Locals love spending a lot of time out and about. Day or night, you can find locals enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Seville is a city that enjoys modern comforts as much as it loves its traditions. They love parades and festivals like the Feria in Spring, Holy Week, and the arrival of the Three Wise Men in January.
Then there’s the nightlife! The Andalusian capital enjoys a good party and the bars and nightclubs are a testament to this.
You can walk around the city the next day such as the Triana neighbourhood. This is where you can enjoy flamenco shows. There are bars like Lo Nuestro and Casa Anselma, for example.
Seville is a great city to get away from it all, which is why it’s so popular with tourists. While the historic city centre is an attraction in its own right, it's not the only one. You can also head out of the city to see the best Andalusia and Seville have to offer.
Seville is regularly used in film and TV and you can see why. It’s appeared in both Star Wars and Game of Thrones. The Alcazar was the location used for Dorne in GoT.
There’s also the aroma of oranges and jasmine in the air alongside the beautiful colours of the city.
The city also inspired Beaumarchais enough to create the Barber of Seville.
Even if you don’t want to visit anywhere in Seville, it’s just a nice city to get lost in. You can’t talk about Seville without mentioning flamenco, though.
The city is so special that you’ll forget all your worries.
The cuisine is an important part of life all over Spain.
In Seville, you can enjoy tapas, which is more than just food; it’s a way of life. There are tonnes of tapas bars across the city and after you’ve had one, it’s difficult not to want more.
In addition to the tapas, there are also local dishes like cocido andaluz, snails, montadito de pringá, and huevos a la flamenca. ¡Olé!
Seville is also a great base and, as we mentioned, you can easily travel to Andalusian cities such as Granada, Cordoba, as well as the Sierra Nevada or make Seville just one destination on a tour of Andalusia.
So what are you waiting for?
Andalusia is already waiting for you.
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