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Welcome to Seville, Spain

Home to flamenco, bullfighting and the April Fair (Feria de Abril) Seville represents the pure essence of Andalucia. Whether you are eating delicious tapas on a sunny terrace next to the Royal Alcazar (royal palace), or taking a romantic stroll through the monumental Plaza de España, Sevilla will captivate you. As they say, “Sevilla tiene duende” (Seville has soul).

Patio in the Alcazar Real of Seville, Spain
Arches and roman statue at Casa Pilatos in Seville, Spain
Metropol Parasol (aka Setas de Sevilla) – Seville, Spain
Patio in the medieval Jewish neighborhood of Santa Cruz – Seville, Spain

Romans, Muslims, and Christians all fought over Seville due to its important location next to the Guadalquivir river. By the 15th century, the city had managed to monopolize trade with the New World becoming one of the richest cities of the Spanish Empire.

Sevilla’s Golden Age sadly came to an end in the 18th century when the sand bars of the Guadalquivir river filled, blocking the passage of large sea vessels.

Today, Seville is a cosmopolitan city that maintains its strong Andalusian roots while offering tons to do and see to visitors. Although both the Alcazar de Sevilla and the Plaza de España are not to be missed, make sure you plan enough time to get lost in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz, discover its massive Gothic cathedral, enjoy a flamenco show and visit some of its marvelous palaces such as Casa de Pilatos and Palacio de las Dueñas.

Without a doubt, Seville is one of the best cities to visit in Spain!

* Extra tip: When to visit Seville? We highly recommend you to avoid visiting during the summer months, when temperatures commonly surpass 40ºC (104ºF) and even Sevillians try to get out of the city! But if you happen to visit in the summer, make sure to book a hotel with a pool. Even if you are visiting in spring or autumn, having a rooftop pool at your hotel is a great plus!

Patricia Palacios, co-founder of España Guide
España Guide Co-Founder
Patricia is an engineer turned content creator who for over a decade has been helping travelers navigate her native Spain. In addition to her own website, her tips and recommendations have been featured on BBC Travel, CNN, El País & Lonely Planet, just to name a few.

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1/15  Alcazar Real (Royal Alcazar)
Spectacular patio with a fountain in Seville's Royal Alcazar, Spain
2/15  Gardens of the Royal Alcazar
Gardens with palm trees in the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Spain
5/15  Seville's cathedral & Giralda tower
Seville's Cathedral & Giralda Tower seen from the Torre del Oro, Spain
6/15  Columbus tomb in Sevilla's cathedral
Columbus tomb in Seville's cathedral – Spain
7/15  Casa de Pilatos
Intricate arches and Roman statue in Casa de Pilatos - Sevilla
8/15  Spectacular staircase at Casa de Pilatos
Spectacular staircase at Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla, Spain
9/15  Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla)
Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla) - Spain
10/15  Views from the top of the Metropol Parasol
Views of Seville at sunset from the top of the Metropol Parasol
11/15  Flamenco dancer in Seville's Flamenco Museum
Female flamenco dancer in Seville's Flamenco Museum, Spain
12/15  Quaint patio in the Santa Cruz Neighborhood
Quaint patio in the Santa Cruz Neighborhood - Seville, Spain
13/15  Palacio de las Dueñas
Green patio in the Palacio de las Dueñas – Seville, Spain
14/15  Bullfighter suit in Seville's bullring
Ornate bullfighter suit in Seville's bullring (Spain)
15/15  Triana neighborhood
Views of the colorful Triana neighborhood from the other side of the river - Sevilla
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