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.
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....
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
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.
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.