While it might not be as famous as Madrid or Barcelona, Seville remains one of the must visit cities in Spain, in no small part because it is the capital and largest city of Andalusia. With its breathtaking squares and wonderful architectures, there is much to see and appreciate when in Seville. From the traditional to the modern, Seville has something for everyone.
The Seville Cathedral
If you are planning to stay in Seville, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is undoubtedly a ‘must-see’ destination. Commonly referred to as the Seville Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the third-largest church all over the world and the largest Gothic cathedral on the planet.
The cathedral was built in the 16th century in order to flaunt the wealth that Seville had at the time. Once here, you can visit the grave of famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus as well. If you only take one suggestion from this entire article, we highly recommended that you make your way to the roof of the cathedral. You are able to enjoy the most spectacular panoramic view in all of Seville here.
It is also important to visit the bell Cathedral’s tower – the Giralda. This once served as the minaret of the mosque that stood here when Seville was under Muslim rule. It was built in the likeness of the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech. After the Reconquista, it was converted into a bell tower. You may also want to visit the nearby Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes.
The Alcazàr of Seville
If you make your way to Seville, you want to make sure that you do not miss out on visiting the Alcazàr of Seville – the Royal Palace. This palace once served as a Moorish fort. It is not only one of the most beautiful places in all of Spain, but it serves as the Iberian Peninsula’s most representative examples of mudéjar architecture. It is also the birthplace of the daughter of Elisabeth Farnese and Philip V of Spain – Infanta Maria Antonietta of Spain.
The Metropol Parasol
German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann designed this futuristic wooden structure – a structure that lays claim to being the largest wooden structure in the world. The building is locally known as Incarnación’s mushrooms (Las Setas de la Encarnación). The reason for the name is because the parasols have the shape of a mushroom, and there are a total of six of them. Even if you have a passing interest in architecture, you will probably notice that the design here is similar to the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville.
There are four levels to the Metropol Parasol, and it offers panoramic terraces (including a restaurant), an open-air public plaza, a central market, and an Antiquarium. You can get one of the best views of Seville’s city center here as well.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España (the Spanish Square) was built in 1928 to serve as a highlight during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is one of the most spectacular examples of traditional Spanish architecture’s Renaissance Revival style. Architect Anìbal Gonzàlez was behind the design, and it is a mixture of Neo-Mudèjar and 1920s Art Dec, “moc Mudeja” styles. Make sure that you pay close attention to the tiled alcoves in the walls, because each of them represents a different province of Spain.
Explore the barrios
If you want to truly explore the spirit of Seville, you need to make your way through its characteristic and typical barrios (the neighborhoods). The Barrio de Santa Cruz was once the Jewish quarter of the old city, and has alleys and narrow streets that still date back to that time period.
You could see the ships sailing to the New World from El Arenal. This was home to the ports of Seville. Today you can find plenty of bars, restaurants, and the Gold Tower here. If you want to visit one of the best markets in all of Seville, travel to Macarena and explore the Mercado de Triana.
Enjoy the cuisine
One thing that you have to consider when traveling to Seville is the cuisine. Is there anything better than enjoying and discovering a number of traditional dishes? The favorite selection here is tapas, the term that encompasses a wide variety of snacks or appetizers. These can range from Galician style boiled octopus that comes to your table in vegetable or olive oil (pulpo a La gallega) to mixed olives to cheese.
Staying in true luxury
If you were looking to enjoy your stay in Seville optimally, it would make sense to stay in one of the most prestigious hotels in all of Spain. The Hotel Alfonso XIII is located next to the Real Alcazares. You can enjoy a typical garden courtyard with a fountain and a large outdoor swimming pool. The ceramic tiles and Arabic-style arches compliment the elegant design of the hotel.
When staying here, you are within 300 meters of the Giralda and the Seville Cathedral. It does not get much better than finding true luxury in Seville.