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.
There is a busy autumnal program of concerts, recitals, opera and dance performances at this sumptuous theatre with highlights including the renowned Japanese pianist, Hiromi Trio and a contemporary dance festival. For more information visit teatrodelamaestranza.es.
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.
Just 6km northwest of Seville is the extraordinary Roman site of Itálica with the magnificent remains of a Roman amphitheatre, plus some beautiful mosaics.
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