Seville is the capital of the southern Spanish state of Andalusia, and is an amazingly beautiful city. Hop on a quick two and a half hour train ride from Madrid to enjoy all Seville has to offer. Take in a flamenco dancing show, enjoy some yummy Spanish tapas, and admire the Moorish architecture. Don’t miss these five things to see!
Plaza de España
Built for the Iberio-American Exposition, which Seville hosted in 1929, the Plaza de España is both massive and impressive. Of course, the use of traditional hand painted Andalusian ceramic tile is abundant and beautiful. The buildings are a harmonious mix of Christian and Muslim style called mudéjar, as seen throughout Andalusia.
Be sure to walk around and check out all of the tile work. Rent a boat and row along the canal. Afterwards, stroll into the Parque de Maria Luisa for some shade.
Royal Alcazar Palace
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you may recognize this place! The Royal Alcazar was built in the 7th century for Christian King Peter of Castille. It was constructed on the site of a Muslim fortress. Plan on spending a few hours touring the palace and the gardens of this spectacular display of mudéjar style architecture..
Cathedral of Seville & Giralda Bell Tower
The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Built in the 15th century, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 80 chapels and the longest central nave in Spain, this cathedral is truly amazing.
Climb up to the top of the Giralda Tower, attached to the cathedral, for a breathtaking view of Seville. Once a minaret, the tower is all that remains of Seville’s great mosque and is a wonderful display of Moorish, Spanish and even Roman styles.
Plaza de Toros
Animal lovers, members of PETA, or the faint of heart may want to skip this one. The Plaza de Toros is the famous bullfighting ring of Seville. Spaniards believe that bullfighting is an art form and it is a tradition in their culture. Visit during bullfighting season from April-October to see a thrilling show.
Barrio Santa Cruz
Located in the heart of the tourist district, Santa Cruz is fun to explore. The Alcazar and Cathedral are located in this district. It is the old Jewish neighborhood of Seville where Ferdinand III put the Jews when he conquered Spain in 1248 from the Moors.
Spend some time exploring the cobblestone alleys, streets and plazas. You’ll find some great restaurants and tapas bars with outside tables in this district. Of course, the shops are fantastic! You can spend hours in the cute boutiques and art galleries.
If you’re heading to Andalusia, be sure to visit Seville. Another great town in Andalusia is Cordoba, be sure to check out my Mini Guide to Cordoba, Spain before you go.
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