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.
The annual procession for the Three Kings (Jan 5th) is particularly colourful in Seville; the pavements throughout the historic city centre are thronged with exuberant families following the giant floats through the streets. Expect a fabulous festive atmosphere.
Be sure to visit one of Andalucia's most beautiful city parks: the Parque Maria Luisa offers a welcome respite from the clamour of the city. Wander among duck ponds, leafy avenues, museums and cafes, and don't miss the dreamy Plaza de España with its fountains, mini canal and stunning traditional tile work.
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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