Top 8 things to do in Seville
Flamenco, fiestas and fantastic weather: discover what makes Seville the ultimate Spanish city break.
With streets lined with orange trees and pretty baroque churches, to its fiery flamenco bars filled with lively locals, Seville truly embodies everything that we consider to be quintessentially Spanish.
Andalucía’s capital enjoys (or endures) blisteringly warm summers and thrives during spring with a variety of festivals and celebrations. We bring you the eight things not to be missed on your trip to Sevilla.
1. Metropol Parasol
Turn the corner onto La Encarnación square and you’ll be confronted by this massive structure of waffle shaped wooden beams in the middle of Seville’s old town. Completed in 2011 by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and known locally as La Seta (the mushroom), its prominence in the centre of the city is somewhat controversial. Some say its design is iconic, others say it’s an eyesore, but it is without doubt an unmissble attraction. It houses an archaeological museum of Roman and Moorish ruins and the top has a walkway with incredible views of the city.
2. The Flamenco Museum
This museum is a must-see for anyone wishing to understand the history of the art of flamenco. Over its three floors visitors can admire the costumes and curios of some of Seville’s best dancers, as well as gaining an understanding of the history and evolution of the dance. We definitely recommend a visit before going to see a show.
3. Plaza de España
The grandeur of Seville’s Plaza de España cannot be overstated. The building’s curved semi-circle structure is surrounded by a pond, which you can row around or cross via four ceramic tiled bridges that represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. For films buffs it may be familiar as a setting in Lawrence of Arabia, as well as the Star Wars franchise.
4. Feria de Sevilla
Along with Seville’s famous Easter and Christmas festivities, the Seville Fair is an event not to be missed. Arguably, it is when the city is at its best, with everyone donning their finest flamenco dress or riding gear. Locals pile into casetas – brightly coloured tents – and gorge on plates of tapas washed down with the local sherry wine. Although the tents are private, all are welcome to peer in or dance the night away.
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5. Seville Cathedral
Allegedly the resting place of Christopher Columbus, Seville Cathedral is also famed for being both the largest cathedral and the largest gothic structure in the world. The church was built on top of a 12th century mosque when Spain was taken over by Christians, but the mosque’s minaret still stands today, making it one of the most uniquely beautiful churches in Europe.
6. The Museum of Fine Arts
The Museo de Bellas Artes is considered the second most important fine arts museum in Spain, after the Prado in Madrid. Here you will find a fine collection of paintings including works by some of the Spanish greats such as Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco, all housed in a beautiful 17th century building.
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A stone’s throw away from his remains, this 14th century Moorish palace is where Christopher Columbus began to plan his trip to the Americas. It is a labyrinth of exquisite architecture, ornate décor and pretty gardens, where you can enjoy a coffee, listen to the splashing of fountains and watch peacocks march proudly along its pathways.
8. Barrio Santa Cruz
Walk around Seville’s Jewish quarter, a pretty neighbourhood of Andalucían white houses, with courtyards around every corner and patios filled with brightly coloured flowers. Although undoubtedly touristy - it's the place to buy your souvenirs of flamenco dress aprons and matador tea towels - it is still very picturesque.
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