SEVILLE

Andalusia’s capital is a city rich with Moorish heritage. This is visible in everything from the colourful painted tiles that adorn many buildings, to the lobed arches of the palaces and of course the iconic Giralda tower, which was once a minaret.

Three of the things most associated with Spain are also typically Sevillian: Flamenco, tapas and toros! 

Let’s explore the best things to do in Seville:

 

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Seville Cathedral: This enormous structure is like a little world on its own, and you will lose hours staring in awe at the beautiful architectural flourishes, relics and historical curios.

La Giralda: An enduring emblem for Seville, the Giralda is the bell-tower right next-door to the Cathedral. It has Moorish origins, being the minaret for the former mosque. What’s unusual about the tower is that 34 ramps lead to the top instead of a stairway. This was so that Muezzin who led the call to prayer could ride his horse up the tower instead of walking. At the top the view is even better than you could hope for.

Plaza de España: This colossal monument was built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929 and stands within the Maria Luisa Park. It’s a semi-circular plaza edged by a canal and overlooked by a large, curved palace.

Maria Luisa Park: The largest green space in central Seville originally belonged to the nearby San Telmo Palace, dating to the 1500s. In the late-19th century the grounds were donated to the city by Infanta Luisa Fernanda and took their present shape after a remodel in 1911. Maria Luisa is one of those parks with a pleasant surprise down every path, whether it’s an ornamental pond, pavilion, sculpture or tiled fountain.

 

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