Seville Travel Guide

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Caballos en Feria. Horses at Feria

Caballos en Feria. Horses at Feria

Before you set out on your trip to Seville, here are a few fast facts about the city and some of Seville's top activities and attractions.

Seville is the southernmost of the three biggest Andalusian cities. It is the fourth-largest city in Spain.

"Seville" is the English spelling for "Sevilla."

Seville represents all that is Andalucian: Flamenco, the horses, toros, gypsies, matadors, etc. Flamenco is an artform that combines song, dance, guitar and percussion. The city also hosts the largest Flamenco Festival in the world. Seville has a wide variety of Flamenco clubs and bars, but a few of the most popular Seville Flamenco clubs include: El Tamboril, Casa Anselma, and Los Gallos. Check out the nightlife section for more.

Seville is home to one of Spain's most prestigious and well-recognized bullfighting rings -- the Maestranza. Bullfighting season runs from Easter until Late October.

Holy Week (or Easter Week) in Seville lasts from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. During this time parades and festivals fill the air and wine and tapas can be found everywhere.

Once a port, this is now one of the most important cultural centers of Spain. Seville is home to numerous fine arts, popular arts, contemporary art, and archaeological museums.

Seville was home to a school of painting, during the 17th century, including world-famous artists such as Seville natives Bartolome Murillo and Diego Velasquez, and Francisco Pacheo.

The Cathedral of Seville is the third largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Spain. It is considered a world wonder.

Seville is connected to Madrid by an excellent high-speed train link (AVE, www.raileurope.com) as well as by its own airport (Seville Airport, www.seville-airport.com) and a good road system. The AVE operates on the Madrid-Cordoba-Seville route and takes passengers to/from Madrid and Seville in 2.5 hours. Here's a bonus: if your train is more than 5 minutes late you're entitled to a full refund. The Madrid-Cordoba trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The 1992 World Expo has left the city with a good infrastructure while preserving the beautiful buildings and streets and quiet alleys of the old town. 

Seville was the choice of the first royal wedding of the current generation of Spanish royal family.

Seville is 58 miles from Huelva; 75 miles from Ronda; 77 miles from Cadiz; 96 miles from Cordoba; 160 miles from Granada; 336 miles from Madrid, and roughly 635 miles from Barcelona.

Seville has a population of around 710,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area is home to 1,594,081 making Seville the third-largest metropolitan area in Spain.

Top Ten Things to Do in Seville

Santa Cruz Neighborhood – A former Jewish Ghetto, Santa Cruz is considered one of Seville’s most fascinating attractions. The area features many courtyards, gateways and winding alleys and points of interest such as the mansions in the Calle Lope de Rueda, the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca which features Murillo’s Last Supper, and Hospital de los Venerables.

The Cathedral of Seville - The Cathedral of Seville (Catedral de Sevilla) is the third largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Spain. Built from 1402-1506, Cathedral of Seville is considered a world wonder. Avenida de la Constitution, 41001 Sevilla, Spain, Ph: +34 95 421 4971.

Maria Luisa Park – This half-mile park is the largest in Seville and it’s filled with palms, orange trees, elms, and Mediterranean pines, as well as ponds, pavilions, and flowerbeds. Major points of interest include: a mansion at the end of the park, the Guatemalan building off Paseo de la Palmera, and museums containing archaeological collections. Avenida de las Delicias Seville.

Maestranza - Seville is home to one of Spain's most prestigious and well-recognized bullfighting rings -- the Maestranza. Bullfighting season runs from Easter until Late October. During off-season, visitors can still take a tour of the ring. Paseo de Christobal Colon 12, +34 95 4224 577.

Alcazar – The Alcazar offers some of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture. Plaza del Truinfo, Ph: +34 95 450 2323. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Torre del Oro - This 13th century “tower of gold” overlooks the Guadalquivir River. It was part of the Moorish city fortification and today it is home to a maritime museum. The museum features drawings and engravings about life in Seville. Paseo de Cristobal Colon, Seville, Ph: +34 95 4222 419.

Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) - The original fine arts museum was founded in 1908 and it was open to the public by 1914. The museum’s past exhibitions include: Gutierrez Solana, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 45 Years of Art and Feminism, Nicolas Martinez Ortiz, Poussin and Nature, and From the Veduti to the Early Avant-Garde: Master Works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, to name a few. The Museum of Fine Arts is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., closed Mondays. Museo Plaza, 2, Ph: +34 94 4396 060, www.museobilbao.com.

University of Seville – Not only is a visit to University of Seville one of the top things to do in Seville; it is also one of the top free things to do in Seville! The University, founded in 1551, is located in the downtown area and the Guadalquivir River and Maria Luisa Park border it. This is one of Spain’s top institutions of higher learning and one of the main attractions here the building -- a completely remodeled historic Tobacco Factory. Don’t be surprised if you stumble across a few moats and a watchtower here! Real Fabrica de Tabacos, Seville, Ph: +34 95 4551 000, www.us.es.

City Hall – City Hall (Ayuntamiento) is located in the heart of the commercial center and it is an excellent example of Diego de Riano’s work. This original Diego de Riano is free to explore, but visitors can also take advantage of a guided tour – also free. Plaza Nueva, Ph: +34 95 4590 101, www.sevilla.org.

Museum of Archaeology – The Museum of Archaeology (Museo Arqueologico Provincial) features everything from gold (21 pieces from the Tartesic culture from the 5th century B.C.) and jewelry dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries, as well as artifacts from Greek, Roman, Iberian, and medieval times. Visitors to the Museum of Archaeology will also find mosaics and other artwork such as marble sculptures. Plaza de America, Seville, Ph: +34 95 4786 474.

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