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.
Be sure to visit the former gypsy quarter of Triana, across the river, famed for its flamenco bars and pottery warehouses and shops.
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 a speedy 50km east of the city, the delightful small town of Marchena is home to an annual and highly acclaimed Festival de la Guitarra, which takes place during the last two weeks of July. marchena.es
Seville's Easter Week processions (13-20 April) are legendary and hotels get booked up fast. Plus, the Congress Centre (fibes.es) has a couple of top concerts by Latin crooners this month: Sergio Dalmi (10th) and Antonio Orozco (12th) are both among the best-selling recording artists in Spain.
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
Seville is sizzlingly hot at this time of year. Cool off in the pools and waterslides of Aquópolis Sevilla. Located in Barrio Las Delicias, it's ideal for families. aquopolis.es
Take a trip to lovely Carmona for lunch at the sumptuous 14th-century Parador hotel (parador.es) with its stunning valley views.