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 annual April Feria which takes place on the 12th-17th. It is a magnificent fiesta fuelled spectacle, second only to Rio in terms of pure vivacity of spirit.
Check out the stunning Casa de Pilatos; a glorious richly tiled mansion in the city centre.
The 12th Festival de Cine Europea (European Film Festival) takes place here from 6 to 14 November with screenings being held at various venues throughout the city. Check the www.festivalcinesevilla.eu for a low down on what's being shown and where....
The magnificent art deco Teatro Maestranza (teatromaestranza.es) has a riveting programme of concerts this spring, including the acclaimed Aalto Ballett Essen from Germany with a performance of Romeo & Juliet 7-10 January.
Take a side step to lovely Carmona, located just 35km east of the city and home to several beautiful palaces and monuments, as well as one of the most stunning paradors in Spain.
Just over an hour drive northwest of town is the delightful small town of Aracena with its extraordinary Gruta de las Maravillas (cave), complete with underground lakes and weird and wonderful rock formations.
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.