Seville is located in the region of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. There are many historical landmarks in this city and visitors will be able to explore the city by boat, carriage and on foot.
Climb up the Giralda.
The most recognized landmark of Seville is its cathedral. The cathedral’s bell tower, the Giralda, is the city’s symbol. The cathedral was built on the ruins of an ancient mosque and the mosque’s minaret was converted into the bell tower. The tower was built in the style typical of Almohad architects and has views towards the city and the river. The cathedral itself has several naves with stained glass windows and a massive gold altarpiece, the Retablo Mayor, which is decorated with carved figures. There are several chapels and halls, and one of them, the Sacristía Mayor, was transformed into a gallery filled with silver reliquaries.
Walk around the Alcazar.
The Alcazar of Seville is another one of the city’s most famous monuments. This ancient fortress was built by the Moors and later on transformed into a palace by the Catholic kings. The halls of this palace are filled with historical artifacts and paintings. The Alcazar complex is made up of several palaces connected by courtyards, baths, gardens and pools.
Taste tapas in the Barrio de Santa Cruz.
The Barrio de Santa Cruz is a neighbourhood located in the historical city center. The city’s cathedral and the Alcazar are located in this area. The narrow stone streets used to be part of the city’s Jewish Quarter. The area is known for its many architectural styles, arches and plazas. The plazas, small squares decorated with fountains and trees, are filled with terraces where visitors will be able to enjoy a caña beer. Many of the traditional houses have now been transformed into hotels where visitors can stay during their weekend trip to the city.
Cross to the Triana district for more tapas.
The Triana district is the traditional flamenco district, filled with flamenco and tapas bars. To get to this part of the city visitors have to cross the Isabel II bridge. This ancient gypsy district has many ancient buildings and squares decorated with azulejos, ceramic tiles made using mud from the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Many famous tapas bars are located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. Some of the city’s most typical tapas are juicy olives, revueltos dishes consisting of scrambled eggs and pieces of ham. After a beer and some olives on the banks of the river visitors can explore the district, which is famous for the San Jorge Castle, the residence of the Inquisition. The Mudejar-Gothic Santa Ana church and the San Jacinto church are two other historical buildings located along the narrow cobbled streets of this district, where some of the country’s most famous bullfighters and flamenco dancers were from.
Spend an afternoon in the María Luisa Park.
The María Luisa is one of the city’s main landmarks. The park grounds used to belong to the San Telmo Castle. During the Ibero-American Exposition part of the park was transformed into a large semicircular plaza, the Plaza de España. This plaza is decorated with colourful tiles and many grand buildings. Part of the plaza is decorated with tiled niches that have benches and murals. Each niche is dedicated to a Spanish province and the mural above the bench represents the main landmarks of each province. Visitors will be able to enjoy a horse-and-carriage tour around the park. Rowing boats are available for rent.