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Seville, Spain Travel Information

October 8th, 2008

seville-cathedral.jpgThe city of Seville (known as Sevilla in Spanish) is one of the oldest cities in Europe, dating back to around the 8th-9th century BC. Today much of its history is still evident, as there are architectural remains left over from both the Roman Empire and the Moorish period, which lasted from AD 712-1248. The population of the city proper is approximately 700,000 while the metropolitan area contains 1,450,000 people, making it Spain’s fourth largest. Meanwhile, this article by Patrick McGougan highlights some of Seville’s main attractions that would be of interest to travelers and tourists.

Based in Andalusia in the south of Spain, Seville is complemented with high temperatures and clear blue skies in the summer. This sexy, colorful, friendly, and interesting city homes a number of attractions to please the touristic eye; however, in many areas you may feel like you are the only non-resident of Spain.

In other Spanish hot spots like Valencia, Madrid, and Barcelona, it is not unlikely to find English speakers throughout the city. Seville is different. Whilst the locals come across as welcoming to tourists, it is far easier to get around with at least a Spanish phrasebook.

The majority of the touristic hotspots are around the city centre, towards the river. Any visit to Seville would not be complete without getting lost in the Santa Cruz district. Made up of maze-like thin streets, many presenting interesting shops, restaurants, or attractions, it is the sort of place that cannot be fully appreciated from photos.

To the West of Santa Cruz, towards the river is the Cathedral and Giralda. Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic and fourth largest Christian church in the world. For €7 it is possible to access the cathedral, its museum and walk up the spiraling ramp to the top of the Giralda. This climb presents a clear view over the city and, although the real charm of Seville can be seen from ground level, it is well worth the price of admission.

For an escape from the busy streets, Parque Maria Luisa which is situated just south of the centre provides a much appreciated contrast from the rest of Seville. With trees for shade, various fountains, ponds, monuments, and a sand covered ground, this park is as relaxing as it is beautiful. The colours, smells, and layout of the park seem to be perfectly suited to the hot Andalusian weather. A walk to the northeast side of the park will take you to Plaza de España, home of one of the many fountains the park has to offer.

Seville is over 2000 years old and has developed a unique culture, style, and personality. Although there are some important landmarks on offer, it is interesting and enjoyable to view some of the less touristic areas of the city centre. The artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Spain has a busyness which is expected of any large city without losing the relaxed attitude of Andalusia.

Whilst the idea of hot Southern Spanish temperatures can seem appealing to many, it is not unusual for Seville to reach temperatures above 40°C. For those who may not be used to such heat, it may be wise to visit the region outside the months of August and July for heat which is comparable to the rest of Europe.

Whilst the absence of a beach means this isn’t the place for sunbathers, Seville has the temperature, culture, and history to create an unforgettable Andalusian experience.

2 Responses to “Seville, Spain Travel Information”

  1. comment number 1 by: RaysAdventures

    Don’t miss the visiting the Alcazar complex in Seville. It is very impressive to see the use of European/Muslim architecture.

  2. comment number 2 by: Seville tours

    We had an amazing time on the Rappelling and Zip lining tour. Ender was a great guide; he didn’t go too fast and he made sure that we all were doing good and were comfortable. Afterwards, we had a delicious home cooked meal. It was the best meal we had on our entire trip! We would definitely recommend this trip for anyone visiting Spain in the future.

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