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All About Seville
With its famous monuments, spectacular architecture, and the scent of oranges perfuming the streets, Seville is one of the beautiful cities of Spain. The Andalusian capital, located in southern Spain on the Guadalquivir River, is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites. One such site, the Santa Maria de la Sede (Seville Cathedral) is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, and its tower — the Giralda — stands more than 300 feet high, offering spectacular views of the city for those willing to brave the climb. The Royal Alcazar palace is one of the most important collections of monuments in the world, and the General Archive of the Indies houses historical Spanish documents.
At the picturesque Plaza de Espana, you can learn about Spain’s history as you wander around an immense half circle, with a tiled alcove dedicated to each of the country’s provinces.
The vibrant Santa Cruz neighborhood features narrow streets and brightly colored old buildings. Witness flamenco in action — the famous Spanish dance and music born in Seville — and try some of the city’s famous tapas dishes here, like espinacas con garbanzos (spinach and chickpeas), and Seville’s signature sandwich, the Serranito — a mix of pork, tomato, and grilled pepper served on a freshly made baguette.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Seville
Seville enjoys year-round sunny weather, with hot summers and mild winters. Spring and fall are pleasant times to book a vacation rental in the city when the days are warm and the evenings balmy. Semana Santa is the city’s biggest festival, held a week before Easter when the streets come to life with processions to celebrate Holy Week.
Two weeks later, the city hosts the Feria de Abril — a weeklong fair with dancing, drinking, and eating. In September, the Bienal de Flamenco, considered the world’s biggest celebration of flamenco, attracts top musicians and dancers.
Seville is one of the hottest places in Europe, and temperatures can be sweltering in summer, especially in July and August, so make sure you bring your sun protection and drink plenty of water if you’re planning to travel during this time. Things cool down a bit come winter, and rain is possible, but you can still expect temperate conditions and sunny days for exploring the city.
Top things to do in Seville
The Royal Alcazar
Explore this magnificent collection of palaces, fortresses, and gardens built by Moorish rulers in the eighth century and is considered one of the most outstanding examples of Mudéjar art in existence. In the 13th century, new influences took over, contributing Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Today, the Alcazar is still in use by Spain’s royal family, making it the oldest active royal palace in Europe, and the spectacular halls, courtyards, and fountains have been the setting for film and TV shows.
The city’s modern architectural icon, nicknamed Las Setas (the Mushrooms), is the world’s largest wooden structure, comprising six mushroom-shaped shades. The building is home to a fascinating archaeological museum, a lively food market, and a selection of modern bars. You can take the elevator up to the unique panoramic walkway, where you’ll gain spectacular views of the city.
Santa Maria de la Sede
The giant cathedral is made up of a sprawling complex that houses 80 chapels and the longest central nave in the country. Originally the site of a mosque in the 12th century, work began on the cathedral in 1401 and continued for over 100 years when the cathedral was completed in 1507. You can also visit the delightful courtyard of orange trees and see the final resting place of one of the world’s most famous explorers.