Cheap flights to Seville
As Spanish as sangria and jamón serrano, Seville is where you go if you want an authentic Spanish experience. The capital of Spain’s sunny region of Andalucía is not only home to the fictional characters of Don Juan and Carmen, but also flamenco, tapas and some of Spain’s most colourful festivals.
If you’re after a fiesta then look no further than Seville – if there’s one thing the locals here know, it’s how to throw a party. But this city is more than just dancing, drinking and eating.
As European cities go, Seville is something of a stunner boasting the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, Moorish-style palaces, and neighbourhoods like Santa Cruz that are packed with cobblestone streets, white-washed houses and hidden squares galore. And to top it all the weather’s not bad either – think hot summers, winters with temperatures that hover around 18 degrees and more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
Walk a greasy pole above the river, eat sardines, dance flamenco... The Vela de Santa Ana festival takes place in Triana on 21-26 July and has a contagious street-party atmosphere. The main action takes place on Calle Betis, overlooking the river.
Follow the polka dots to Seville's fun-filled April Fair (21st-26th). This fabulous, week-long celebration has flamenco dancing displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and an infectious party atmosphere. spain.info/en
Be sure to visit the former gypsy quarter of Triana, across the river, famed for its flamenco bars and pottery warehouses and shops.
Stop by the magnificent Hotel Alfonso XIII for a coffee or glass of fino (sherry) overlooking the sumptuous central patio. Dating from 1928 and built in neo-Mudejar style, it was once touted as the most luxurious hotel in Europe and makes a wonderful backdrop for some holiday photos. hotel-alfonsoxiii-seville.com
A classic Neo-Mudejár hotel dating from the 1920s, the Alfonso XIII is a marvellous place to stay, but if this is stretching the budget too far, consider stopping by for a fino (sherry) in the bar overlooking the gorgeous interior courtyard (2 San Fernando, hotel-alfonsoxiii-seville.com).
Located just 35 minutes' drive east of the city, Carmona combines historical architecture and sights with superb tapas bars and one of the most stunning paradors in the country.
Escape the clamour of the city by visiting the tranquil and ever-changing landscape of the Parque Natural Sierra Norte de Sevilla, less then an hour's drive north. There are at least 14 marked trails if you feel like lacing up those hiking boots and striding out.
Just 6km north-west of the city lie the extraordinary archeological remains of the Roman town Itálica, complete with a magnificent amphitheatre and beautiful mosaics from the patios of the affluent town houses that once lined the wide avenues here. andalucia.com