Whether you’re visiting the city first or the hundredth time, Seville’s cultural scene will never fail to enthral. A particular highlight is the Museo de Bellas Artes, housed inside the former Convento de la Merced. This spectacularly elegant building showcases an impressive collection of works by Spanish and Sevillan artists, featuring paintings and sculptures dating from the 15th, right up to the 20th century.
Flamenco is popular right across Spain, but Seville is particularly renowned for it. If you want to try a few steps for yourself, you’ll find a range of classes on offer all over the city, but when it comes to performances, Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija is without doubt the best place to be a spectator. Shows take place inside the old stables, and the atmosphere is truly electric, but be sure to book ahead, as this tiny venue is very popular and gets booked up quickly.
Seville boasts some of the best cuisine Spain has to offer, so the only problem you’ll have is decided what to try first – and where. From sumptuous street food, to tapas bars and high end restaurants, there’s just about everything you could dream of, so make sure you arrive with an appetite. Popular with locals and clued-up visitors alike, Eslava is a tapas bar-come-restaurant that’s renowned for its lively atmosphere and deliciously creative menu. Stand-out dishes include slow-cooked egg, and pork ribs with a honey and rosemary glaze.
Known by the locals as Las Setas (The Mushrooms), Metropol Parasol opened in 2011, and has since become one of the city’s most striking – and controversial – landmarks. Designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer H, the structure combines 30ft-high pillars and a roof that resembles honeycomb, and is said to be one of the largest wooden pieces of architecture in the world. Like it or loathe it, the city views you’ll get from the top are simply incredible.
Although it dates right back to 913 BC, this impressive palace has a much more recent claim to fame: it’s been used as a location on the hugely popular TV series Game of Thrones. Over the course of its 11 century history, Real Alcázar has taken on many guises, and was once used as a fort by the Cordoban governors of the city. Bringing together Christian and Mudéjar architectural influences, the overall impression of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex is absolutely breath-taking.
If you’re in need of some tranquility away from the bustle of the city, this beautiful green space is just perfect. With pristine manicured gardens, serene duck ponds and plenty of shade, the park is a great place to get away from it all. When it comes to architecture, the Plaza de Espana is an impressive red-brick structure, complete with fountains and tiled mosaics, and nearby, you’ll find a museum dedicated to Sevillian customs and traditions.
The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Catedral de Sevilla & Giralda is one of Seville’s most awe-inspiring sights. Constructed between 1434 and 1517, the area on which it sits was once home to the city’s biggest mosque, but the history of Christian worship here goes back to the 13th century. Although the whole complex is magnificent, some particular highlights include the huge bell tower, or Giralda, and the tomb of the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus.
Due to its inland location in the south of Spain, the city of Seville becomes one of the hottest regions in Europe during the summer months. However, sightseeing in mid-30 degree heat can be challenging in the months of July and August so visiting in May through to June is also a popular tourist season.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Spain but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
In Seville, the currency is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken is Spanish.