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Perched within the Andalusia region, Seville is one of the country’s most gorgeous places to visit. And, of course, being the capital of the region there are so many of the best things to do in Seville that are totally perfect for a city break.

Visit Real Alcazar

A magnificent marriage of Christian and Mudejar architecture, Seville’s Unesco-listed palace complex is a breathtaking spectacle.

The Alcazar started life in the X century as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville but it was in the 11th century that it got its first major rebuild. Under the city’s Abbadid rulers, the original fort was enlarged and a palace known as Al-Muwarak, "the Blessed", was built in what’s now the western part of the complex.

The Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcazar when he captured Seville in 1248, and several later monarchs used it as their main residence. Fernando’s son Alfonso X replaced much of the Almohad palace with a Gothic one and then, between 1364 and 1366, Pedro I created his stunning namesake palace.

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Relax at Parque de Maria Luisa

In preparation for the exhibition, the entire southern end of the city was redeveloped into an expanse of gardens and grand boulevards. The centre of it is Parque de María Luisa, a 'Moorish paradisical style' with a half mile of tiled fountains, pavilions, walls, ponds, benches, and exhedras. There are lush plantings of palms, orange trees, Mediterranean pines, and stylized flower beds with bowers hidden by vines.

The park serves as a botanical garden. Many plant species, native or exotic, are represented, along with educational panels to inform the visitors to the park. Many birds make their home in the park, which is known for its large population of doves.

There are also many parakeets living in the centre of the park, and ducks and swans in the fountains and lakes.

Catedral de Seville and La Giralda

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the adjoining Alcázar palace complex and the General Archive of the Indies.

It is the tenth-largest church in the world as well as the largest Gothic church.

After its completion in the early XVI century, Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years.

Since the world's two largest churches: St. Peter's Basilica and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are not the seats of bishops, Seville Cathedral is still the largest cathedral in the world

Plaza de Espana

Seville’s famous Plaza de España monument was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, which was held in the Andalusian capital.

Plaza de España is a semi-circular brick building, Renaissance/neo-Moorish in style, with a tower at either end, they are tall enough to be visible around the city. These towers - north and south - are major landmarks.

In front of the building, following the curve of its façade, is a 500-metre canal crossed by four bridges, and in the centre of it all is the Plaza itself. The Plaza is known as "the Venice of Seville".

Walk around Barrio Santa Cruz

The city’s tourist heart, Santa Cruz is home to Seville Cathedral, a Gothic landmark offering views from the Giralda bell tower, and the Real Alcázar, a Moorish-Renaissance palace backed by lush gardens.

Tapas bars on nearby Calle Mateos Gago serve octopus and Iberian ham, while the old Jewish quarter’s narrow streets and orange tree–lined squares are dotted with shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts and ceramics.

Cruise Guadalquivir River

See Seville from a unique position and enjoy privileged views of the city.

The Guadalquivir river is a large ancient river that goes through Andalusia and is over 700 km in length and connects the capital of Andalusia, Seville, with the Atlantic Ocean.

In fact its name come from the Arabic "al-Wadi al-Kibir", translated as "big river".

Museo de Bellas Artes

A museum in Seville has a collection of mainly Spanish visual arts from the medieval period to the early 20th century, including a choice selection of works by artists from the so-called Golden Age of Sevillian painting during the XVII century, such as Murillo, Zurbarán, Francisco de Herrera the younger, and Valdés Leal.

The building itself was built in 1594, The building it is housed in was originally home to the convent of the Order of the Merced Calzada de la Asunción, founded by St. Peter Nolasco during the reign of King Ferdinand III of Castile.

Flamenco show at La Carboneria

La Carboneria is a special place. Unlike the tourist spots for flamenco, this feels alive. There is a buzz of energy, a sense of place as friends call out to each other before the show starts, the stone floored room smells of woodsmoke,and the performers have an authentic intensity that makes the evening soar.

The performance doesn't begin until 10:30

Metropol Parasol

A wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville. The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms, "Las setas" in Spanish, whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels.

It claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world.

Bullfight at Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza

The Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is a 12,000-capacity bullring in Seville. During the annual Seville Fair in Seville, it is the site of one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world. It is a part of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, a noble guild established for traditional cavalry training.

The ring itself is considered one of the city's most enjoyable tourist attractions and is certainly one of the most visited.

As a stage for bullfighting, it is considered one of the world's most challenging environments because of its history, characteristics, and viewing public, which is considered one of the most unforgiving in all of bullfighting fandom.

Torre del Oro

The Torre del Oro, Arabic "Tower of Gold", is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville. It was erected by the Almohad Caliphate in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

Constructed in the first third of the XIII century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden shine it projected on the river, due to its building materials: a mixture of mortar, lime and pressed hay.

General Archive of the Indies

The Archivo General de Indias, housed in the ancient merchants' exchange of Seville, the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines.

Giralda Tower

The Giralda is the bell tower of Seville Cathedral in Seville. It was built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in al-Andalus, Moorish Spain, during the reign of the Almohad dynasty, with a Renaissance-style top added by the Catholics after the expulsion of the Muslims from the area

Ronda Day Tour From Seville

Make this Full-Day Trip from Seville. Travel through the ancient Andalusian kingdoms of Castille and Granada, while enjoying the natural beauty and learning about the region's history. Visit the white villages, the Grazalema forest and mountains, and the ancient town of Ronda.

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The Seville Fair

The Seville Fair is held in Andalusian capital of Seville. The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. The fair officially begins at midnight on Saturday, and runs seven days, ending on the following Saturday

In 2020 Seville Fair will begin at 23:00 on Saturday, 25 April and ends on Saturday, 2 May

To see Semana Santa

Parts of Seville come to a complete standstill during holy week, with it being a really unique time to explore the city. Head over and watch the parade through the streets that begin on Palm Sunday and end a week later.

Whilst here, you’ll spot the traditional robes, pointed hats "a capirote" and sandals that Nazarenos wear in the procession. It’s a pretty unique thing to see and something that happens in a few places in Spain.

In 2020 will start on Sunday, 5 Apr 2020 and end Sunday, 12 Apr 2020

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