Seville is a hot Spanish fairy tale, a city in details.

Seville

Seville (Spain) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. The main attractions of Seville with descriptions, guides, and maps.

City of Seville (Spain).

Seville is a city in the south of Spain, the capital of Andalusia. It is located on a plain on the Guadalquivir River, which divides the city into two parts – the historic center (on the left bank) and the Triana. Seville is one of the most charming cities in Spain, boasting amazing sights and relics of the past, elegant architecture and a magical atmosphere. Here, in the capital of Andalusia, eastern and western culture, Moorish and Spanish historical heritage collide and intricately mingle. The city captivates at first sight; it is the true cultural and historical heart of Spain.

Seville means elegant buildings and cobblestones, old street lamps and horse-drawn carriages, the rousing rhythms of Flamenco and three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here you can see sights that are sure to impress! For example, Seville Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic churches in the world with a majestic tower that was once the minaret of an ancient mosque. Or the Moorish Alcázar Palace, with its sumptuous Mudejar decor and beautiful gardens. But the main charm of this city is hidden in the small courtyards and winding alleys of the medieval Barrio Santa Cruz.

Evening Seville

Evening Seville

Things to do (Seville):

Seville - love at first sight

€150 per excursion

Seville – love at first sight

Labyrinthine shopping streets, the Cervantes monument, and the Golden Tower.

Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar royal palace.

€150 per excursion

Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar royal palace.

Learn about the history of the kings of Seville and the mysteries of Columbus on this adventurous stroll…

Geography and climate

Seville is located in the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River. The terrain is flat with an average elevation of 7 meters above sea level. The climate is subtropical Mediterranean with very hot summers and humid mild winters.

Tourist information

  1. Population – 703 thousand people (the fourth largest city in Spain).
  2. Area – 140 square kilometers.
  3. Language: Spanish.
  4. Currency – Euro.
  5. Visas – Schengen.
  6. Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
  7. In Seville you can drink tap water.
  8. You cannot eat the oranges that grow in the streets. They are sprayed against birds and are also sour.

Tourist Information Centers:

  • Avenida de las Delicias, 9 (Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 17.00, weekends and holidays from 10.00 to 14.00).
  • Marqués de Contadero (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Best time to visit

September to January is one of the best seasons to visit Seville. During this time there are quite few tourists, low prices for hotels and tickets. In winter it is quite warm, but often rainy.

February to June is considered the high season. During this time the most famous festivals are held, a great comfortable weather prevails, and the long daylight hours allow to have time to do everything.

July to August is not the best time to visit the capital of Andalusia. It’s very hot in Andalusia. But if you don’t mind the heat, you can enjoy Seville without the crowds of tourists.

City panorama

A panorama of the city

History

Legend attributes the founding of Seville to the mythical Hercules. A few thousand years BC, the Phoenicians already lived here, and in the second century BC, the Romans founded the city of Ispalis. In the early 8th century, the settlement was conquered by the Arabs. At that time, the city was called Ishbilla, which later transformed into the modern Seville. In the 9th century, the future capital of Andalusia was destroyed by the Normans.

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In the 11th century Seville was conquered by Berbers. In the 13th century the city became part of the Kingdom of Castile. The greatest prosperity came in the 15th-16th centuries. After the discovery of America Seville became one of the major trading ports of Spain and one of the cultural and artistic centers of southern Europe.

Seville

Seville

In the 17th century the importance of the city began to decline and by the beginning of the 18th century Seville had lost its status as the main commercial center of Spain.

How to get there

Seville has an airport which is located about half an hour away from the historic center and which connects it to the major cities of Spain and the European capitals. From the airport to the center there is a bus every 30 minutes. You can also get to the city by cab for about 25 euros.

Seville is easily accessible by train and bus. There are high-speed trains from Barcelona and Madrid. Santa Justa train station is located in the northeastern part of the historic center.

Public transportation is represented by buses, one metro line and a short streetcar section. The subway crosses the city from west to east. The streetcar runs from the San Bernardo train station to Plaza Nueva.

City panorama

A panorama of the city

Shopping

Seville is famous for its ceramics. Numerous stores (including traditional goods and souvenirs) can be found in the winding streets and alleys of the Santa Cruz district and the entire old town.

Seville is famous for its tapas (traditional snacks). Typical tapas are tortilla española (potato omelet), aceitunas (olives), patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) and queso manchego (sheep cheese).

In general, the capital of Andalusia has excellent food and wine, many restaurants and cafes that will not leave you hungry. It is important that the kitchen of many restaurants in the evenings begins at 8 pm.

Attractions

Seville’s most interesting sights and places.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This religious structure is second in size only to St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Interestingly, the cathedral was built on the site of a Moorish mosque of the 12th century. Construction of the temple began in 1401, after the Spaniards recaptured the city, and did not end until 1506. Five years after construction, the dome collapsed. It was rebuilt in 1519.

Cathedral interior

Interior of the cathedral

As many as eight doors lead into the cathedral, and its interior is striking. The temple has the longest nave and the largest altar in Spain. The remains of Christopher Columbus are believed to be housed here as well as the tomb of Fernando III of Castile. The Seville Cathedral is surrounded by small columns connected by huge chains. These chains were installed in 1565 to prevent traders with their horses from entering the temple during bad weather. On the north façade there is a collection of busts by the sculptor Susillo, each representing an important figure for the city.

Giralda

Giralda

The Giralda is one of the main symbols of Andalusia, the bell tower of the cathedral. It is probably one of the oldest structures in Seville, built in the 12th century as the minaret of a mosque. The tower is 97.5 meters high and at that time was one of the tallest structures in the world. The bell tower was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th century, but it still retains features of Moorish architecture. From June to September you can climb the Giralda observation deck.

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Alcázar

Alcázar

The Alcázar is another symbol of the Andalusian capital and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Royal Palace of Seville was originally a Moorish fort built by the first Caliph of Andalusia in the 10th century. Construction of the current royal castle began in the 14th century. It is the best example of the Mudejar architectural style in Spain, although elements of Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture are also clearly visible.

Alcázar

Alcázar

Alcázar is a Spanish word, synonymous with fortified castle. It actually comes from the Arabic word “al-Qasr”. which means palace or fortress.

The original site of the palace was a Roman settlement, later occupied by the Visigoths. In the 8th century, the town was conquered by the Arabs, who built a fortress there. In the 13th century, Fernando of Castile turned the fortress into a royal palace. In the 14th century, Pedro I rebuilt the Alcázar in the Mudejar style. Mudejar is characterized by being a mixture between Muslim and Christian architectural elements. This style can only be found in the Pyrenees.

As you enter, be sure to note the Lion’s Gate. On the left is the room of Justice and part of the old Arab walls. On the right is the House of Commerce, where Columbus was received after his second voyage. On the left is the entrance to the courtyard and the 13th century Gothic palace. If you walk through the main entrance, you can see the Mudejar palace, the most beautiful building of the Alcázar.

  • Winter (October-March): Monday to Sunday from 9:30 to 17:00
  • Summer (April-September): Monday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:00

Church of St. Salvador

Church of St. Salvador

The Church of St. Salvador is the second largest religious building in Seville. It belongs to the Roman Catholic diocese. The building was erected on the foundations of Ibn Adabba, a 9th century mosque. The church stands out for its beautiful architecture and impressive interior.

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro

The Torre del Oro (Golden Tower) is one of Seville’s most recognizable landmarks, located by the Guadalquivir River. It was built in the 13th century during the reign of the Taifa kings when Spain was invaded by the Moors. Currently, the walls of Torre del Oro house a naval museum. Among the things you can see are old nautical charts, models of ships, navigation tools and historical documents. The museum showcases the history of Seville’s navy and Spanish maritime history.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is one of Seville’s most impressive squares. It is elliptical in shape, 200 meters in diameter and has an area of about 50,000 square meters. Its architecture is dominated by a huge semi-circular Renaissance building with balustrade balconies. There is also a monumental fountain on the square. The highlight of the square is a canal. Because of it, this place is often called the Venice of Seville. There is also the Parque de Maria Luisa.

De Los Venerables

De Los Venerables

De Los Venerables is a historic building of a former hospital in the Barrio de Santa Cruz. This two-story 17th century building is a classic example of the Baroque style prevalent in Seville at the time. Inside is a small courtyard and a pretty chapel.

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Barrio Santa Cruz

Barrio Santa Cruz

Barrio Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most charming neighborhoods with old-fashioned charm. During the Middle Ages there was a Jewish quarter here. Most of the local churches are former synagogues. This medieval neighborhood is characterized by a maze of cobblestone alleyways (too narrow for cars) with orange trees, pretty houses with attractive courtyards, small cozy squares and outdoor cafes.

Bullring

Bullring

The Mestranza bullring is one of the largest bullfighting arenas in Spain. Accommodates 14,000 spectators. It was built in the 18th century.

Pilate's House

Pilate’s house

Pilate’s house is a historical building of the 16th century. It is considered a copy of Pilate’s house in Jerusalem. It combines Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles. The small courtyard has a fountain and is decorated with colorful tiles.

Barrio de Triana

Barrio de Triana

The Barrio de Triana is Seville’s historic quarter with atmospheric streets and squares. It is a traditional neighborhood of artisans. In the Triana neighborhood you can find colorful ceramics and cute cafes overlooking the river.

Things to see in Seville

Interesting places to see and visit in Seville.

  • Convent de Santa Paula – founded in the 15th century. Contains valuable works of art.
  • El Costurero de La Reina – A pretty building in the Parque Maria Luisa. Allegedly was built for the wife of Alfonso XII and literally translates as “sewing room”.
  • City Walls. Seville has been surrounded by walls since Roman times. During the Moorish invasion the fortifications were enlarged. Seville’s walls were 7 km long with 166 towers and 13 gates. Most of the fortifications were destroyed in the 19th century. Sections of the old walls and gates can be seen at the Macarena Church.
  • El Postigo (The Oil Gate) is the most famous entrance to the city. It was built in the 12th century by the Arabs.
  • The royal shipyards next to the Guadalquivir River. They were used as dry docks in the 15th century.
  • The Torre de la Plata (Silver Tower) is one of the surviving towers of the original Arab walls. It dates from the 13th century.
  • The Parliament of Andalusia is a monumental historical building from the 16th century.
  • Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) – 16th century historic Renaissance building.
  • Flamenco Dance Museum – Dedicated to Spain’s most famous dance.
  • Museum of Art – The collection includes works of art from the Gothic period to the 20th century. It is considered the second museum after the Prado in Madrid.
  • Archaeological Museum – interesting collection of antiquities from the Paleolithic and Phoenician times.

Interesting tours

Seville Cathedral and its great past

€100 per tour

Seville Cathedral and its great past

See Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral and learn about its Moorish origins

The city of Seville (Spain): A Spanish fairy tale!

Hello again to everyone. I am reporting from another wonderful city of Spain – with the beautiful name of Cevilla. Again, excuse me, TALE CITY. And try to argue with me, you won’t succeed, because it’s really so. I do not know what I liked more Granada city with a wonderful palace-fortress Alhambra review or Seville with the Seville Alcazar and the Plaza de España, both cities are beautiful and interesting, each in its own way. And we will begin our acquaintance with Seville, a huge and very unusual in its beauty square.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Just imagine, a square in the shape of a horseshoe, a beautiful building standing also in a semi-circle, symbolizing the beauty of Spain and its connection with the former colonies, a dug artificial canal, divided by bridges, and on the other side – a park. The Plaza de España in Seville is in fact quite “young” – it was built for the exhibition in 1928. The place for construction was found by cutting off a part of the square from the big park.

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Bridges divide the square into 4 sectors – the four ancient kingdoms of Spain, if I’m not mistaken, Leon, Castile, Aragon and Navarra. The semi-circular building I mentioned above housed the exhibition pavilions. And this particular building is a mix of styles, the top of the building is the usual classical style and the bottom is made in the form of niches, with panel inserts.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

I decided to take a picture with one of them, representing the province of Barcelona. On each of them I see the coat of arms, the map and the important events from that province. It is very beautifully done, in the oriental style, you can look at it sitting on such “improvised” benches. By the time I arrived here I had been to Barcelona, so I wanted to take a picture by this panel. This building now houses the municipality of Seville and the museums are open.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

On one side of the canal, on the other side you can cross by wonderful bridges, look what beautiful balustrades and decoration of bridges by multicolored mosaic.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Although, as our guide told us, the construction of the square was very expensive for Seville, and now it’s hard even to imagine the city without this place. And not only a lot of tourists here, but also many Spaniards. By the way you can take a boat ride on the canal, although it seems to me a dubious pleasure, since there are more people than boats. From the square you can go straight into the park and walk its shady alleys.

Well, we move on, looking at the sights of Seville.

In front of us the Palace of San Telmo, The palace belongs to the 17th century, occupies a very decent area, the main entrance – handsome, was added much later in the 18th century. And it is decorated with sculptures of famous inhabitants of the city. At different times the palace has belonged to different owners, the last one who owned it was the Archbishop of Seville, and it was bought by the Andalusian government in 1992.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

By the way, as I understand it, you can get into the palace, but you have to book tickets in advance on the official site.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

In the courtyard of the palace is a wonderful garden. And we move on. I want to dwell separately on horse-drawn carriages, traveling through Seville. There are a lot of them here. And it’s just an attraction – here and there you can hear bells ringing, clattering of hooves. True, mostly tourists from China ride, the pleasure is not cheap. Although if you have enough money, it is cool to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around all the main sights. Start at the cathedral.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Once again we had no luck with the cathedral.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

That’s because of such a sultry beauty cathedral was closed, and I want to put a smiley face here – crying face. It’s just that this is not the first time with me. But the cathedral is called the pride of Andalusia, which means it is a must-see. The remains of Christopher Columbus are buried in the Cathedral.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Above the cathedral rises the Giralda Tower, which is 98 meters high. The tower is decorated with the same oriental ornamentation that we already met in Granada. The tower is visible from many parts of the city and is a symbol of Seville.

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City of Seville (Spain) photo

The pink building, so unfortunate that I photographed it, is the two-story building that houses the residence of the Archbishop of Seville. In front of it is a fountain decorated with lanterns.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

And this 16th-century building is the Indian Archives Building, where all the documents confirming that Spain is the largest maritime power were collected. There are also maps of Columbus and a huge number of books, the length of the shelves is about 9 kilometers. I do not know, maybe someone measured it exactly, information from our guide.

We walk through the old town, through the narrow, colorful streets.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

City of Seville (Spain) photo

We came to Santa Cruz Square, where there is an interesting iron cross with lamps. Once upon a time, there was a church that served as the tomb of the famous Spanish painter Murillo, who lived all his life in Seville. Now a huge patterned iron cross stands there.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

We walk through the streets of the old town and we “tail” sits a local musician, realizes that we are a group from Russia, and begins to sing, so that we his guide did not hear. Of course he wanted money, but how much can poor tourists “peel off?”, but still, as it seemed, he was satisfied.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

I like to walk in narrow nice streets, I love them.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

On the way there are numerous souvenir shops, small taverns, restaurants.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Here, compared to Granada, to the numerous dresses for flamenco dancers there are shawls of different colors.

And I have not told you the highlight of Seville, I will do it in the next review, I will tell only that we will talk about the Alcazar of Seville, a very beautiful palace. I will insert a photo to make you understand what will be my next story.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

This is the beauty I will tell you about.

My story about the city, I began with the most beautiful square – Spain Square. Experts of Spain can argue with me. They will say that it was necessary to begin with the Golden Tower.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

Of course, the Golden Tower is also a symbol of Seville. Well, of course, because its construction began, according to some sources, in the 11th century, according to others in the 13th. There is an opinion of historians that in the tower for a long time were kept money, hence the name “golden”. The tower was part of the walls, which were dismantled. But the tower remained. Now it is the city’s maritime museum.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

And here is a beautiful building for bullfighting, was built over 100 years. Although, bullfighting is forbidden in Spain, and illegal fights are held. I do not know how things are now? Who knows, write in the comments.

Seville is not located on the sea, maybe that’s why the tourist trail does not bring everyone here, but very, very much for nothing. By the way the Guadalquivir river (it’s difficult even to pronounce it), which divides the city into two parts, is a place of rest for locals and an escape from the heat.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

We managed to stand on the shore and look at the colorful houses where the Spaniards live.

City of Seville (Spain) photo

By the way our visit was in mid-September, the weather was different, but very comfortable, it’s hot in the summer.

That’s what it is – Seville, I liked it very, very much. And something tells me that all my reviews of Spain will be enthusiastic.

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