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.
Don't forget to take an amble down Seville's swanky shopping street, Calle Sierpes, with its marble pavement and enticing combination of designer boutiques, national chains, local craft shops and characterful tapas bars.
Follow the polka dots to Seville's excellent Museo del Baile Flamenco with its sumptuous setting in an 18th-century palace and display of photos, paintings, dresses and more. museoflamenco.com
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.
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