Charming cobbled streets, fascinating history and plenty of photo-worthy landscapes to discover – a holiday to Seville is perfect for those in search of sun and charm.
Giving visitors an authentic glimpse of traditional Spain, this compact city has plenty to keep you occupied. Whether you want to immerse yourself in its culture or sample tasty tapas in captivating surroundings, there’s a wealth of places to visit and experience. What’s more, the city is easily walkable, so you can take in the ancient sights of the old town or enjoy the lively Triana district at your own pace.
Visit the city in the summer for scorching temperatures or take a trip around Easter to tie-in with some of Seville’s colourful festivals (such as the Semana Santa de Sevilla, one of the largest religious processions in the world). If you prefer something quieter, opt for May when you’ll still be able to enjoy hot weather, less crowds, and that unmistakable scent of Seville oranges lingering in the air.
Increasingly popular with tourists, this area of the city is characterised by its whitewashed houses and meandering streets. Wander around small squares lined with orange trees, or sit outside one of the many bars and enjoy the view. Formerly the Jewish Quarter, you’ll stumble across a number of religious buildings, full of history and stories.
Triana has a firm identity and a thriving nightlife, making it a great spot for those seeking something lively. There’s a great tapas and flamenco scene when the sun goes down, as well as many waterside restaurants and bars.
Seville City Centre
The heart of Seville is much more modern in style, making way for high-street shops and designer stores. While you’ll find your usual brand names in this part of town, you’ll also come across a few traditional shops selling quality leather goods and quirky souvenirs.
What to do when you’re torn between wanting to experience classic and modern Spain? A visit to vibrant Malaga offers the best of both worlds. Spend your morning lazing on the beach, before visiting a Renaissance-era cathedral in the afternoon and hitting up the trendiest nightspots in the evening. Positioned on the Costa del Sol, Malaga’s blessed with no shortage of sunshine and 14 km of beaches. From flamenco bars to designer boutiques, the city’s action is balanced with tranquil green spaces like the Alameda Gardens. Whether you’re planning golfing holidays or family getaways, Malaga’s a versatile destination.
Seville rubs shoulders with the region of Cádiz, known for its golden Costa de la Luz beaches. It’s hard not to feel supremely chilled out with a holiday here, thanks to the laid-back lifestyle. Narrow cobblestoned streets give way to open plazas, perfect for sitting with a glass of sherry and people-watching. The area’s an international surfing hotspot, making it a top draw for water sports fans. Within Cádiz City, beach life meets intriguing Mudejar architecture and top-notch seafood cafés. Don’t miss the chance to take in a flamenco show in Spain’s oldest city. It’s old world Europe at its most colourful.
There’s nowhere quite like Gibraltar, with its mashup of British and Spanish cultures. You’ll spot red post boxes and fish and chips galore, but the sunshine is far too bright for this to be an English seaside resort. You’ll find all sorts of adventures on ‘The Rock,’ bringing to mind its swashbuckling heritage. A particular highlight are the famous Barbary apes cheekily roaming the island and making their way into visitor photos. Explore Moorish castles and designated nature reserve, or take a boat tour to admire Gibraltar from the sea before you hit the pub in the evening.
Learn about the art of flamenco
It’s more than likely you’ll come across a few flamenco dancers on your trip to Seville, with regular performances taking place in the tourist clubs and bars. If you’re interested in learning more, however, the Museum of Flamenco is well worth a visit. The exhibit contains an eclectic collection of costumes as well as a run-down on its history. There’s even an hour-long performance for real enthusiasts.
Climb the La Giralda tower
Getting a good view of the city is a must when visiting Seville. A trip to La Giralda cathedral will give you your fill of culture as well as a great perspective from the building’s tower. From the top, you’ll catch a glimpse of Andalucia’s famous white villages – just make sure you keep your camera handy.
Embrace the city’s festivals
If you’re lucky enough to visit Seville during one of its many festivals, you’re in for a treat. The two biggest events in the calendar are at Easter and in April. If you don’t fancy over-blown religious celebrations, you might want to visit in April. Experience a week-long festival of drinking, dancing and flamenco, where locals drink rebujito - a mix of sherry and lemonade, and dress up in elaborate costumes to parade through the streets.
Sightseeing in Seville
You’ll uncover most of Seville’s most notable sights in the old town, thanks to its extensive history and religious origins. The cathedral of Seville should be high on your to-visit list, as should a trip to the Real Alcazar. This beautiful palace could easily have you whiling away an afternoon strolling through its lavish gardens, courtyards and majestically-decorated rooms.
Plaza de España is the site of the Spanish pavilion and is often busy with tourists. While history fans arrive to marvel at its architecture and fascinating past, film fans will also recognise it as one of the locations of the Star Wars films. Close by, you’ll find a number of museums – from the archaeology museum to Seville’s vast aquarium.
Cuisine in Seville
Aside from great tapas bars, there are many restaurants serving up local flavours in Seville.
Seville is known for its meat dishes. Secreto Iberico is a fine cut of pork that features on many a menu, while Carillada de Cerdo is one of the city’s most traditional stewed meats. The dish is usually cooked in a red wine reduction and accompanied by vegetables – best served with a large glass of wine!
For those in want of something sweet, opt for traditional Sevillian Torrijas. This unique dessert is made from stale bread soaked in beaten eggs before being deep fried. They are covered in sugar syrup, honey or sweetened milk and often served in pastry shops around the city. They’re often best served with ice-cream, making for a delicious after-dinner treat.
Restaurants in Seville
You won’t be short of places to eat in Seville, from the traditional eateries of the old town to the more modern restaurants in the city’s livelier areas.
For great tapas bars, head to the cathedral in the centre of town. You’ll find many great bars surrounding the area, all offering great food and atmosphere. If it’s views you’re after, make a visit to the river. There are a number of restaurants and bars here. Although they might not be as authentically Spanish as the eateries in the old town, they provide a particularly scenic setting for lingering with a glass of wine when the sun goes down.
Whether you’re in search of a sun-drenched setting for a romantic break, or a dose of culture in the form of museums and art galleries, you’ll soon fall in love with Seville. Explore its medieval-style old town, embrace its lively festivals or make the most of its delicious Spanish dishes.
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