Seville Celebrates The Feria de Abril

Spotlight on Seville: Spain's Southern Charmer

Seven reasons to visit the historic city.

In Spain’s southern region of Andalusia, along the river Guadalquivir, lies the charming and sunny city of Seville. With its traditional cuisine, gothic architecture, and scent of orange blossom in the air, it is hard not be seduced by Spain’s fourth largest city. Here, a closer look:

ROYAL ALCAZAR PALACE Visions Of Our Land ROYAL ALCAZAR PALACE Steeped in history, Seville's Moorish influences can be seen everywhere, and this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site is Múdejar architecture at its finest. Dating back to the 10th century, the decorated courtyards and gardens are a must-see, and many "Game of Thrones" fans may recognize it as the stunning location for the Water Gardens of Dorne.
Reflecting pool in the Courtyard of the Maidens at Alcazar palace Seville Andalusia
Hall of Ambassadors in the Royal palace of Alcazar Seville Andalusia Spain
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METROPOL PARASOL SeanPavonePhoto METROPOL PARASOL This 85-foot-high wooden structure was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and opened in 2011. Known locally as "las setas" (the mushrooms), the basement houses Roman archaeological remains while the rooftop walkway offers spectacular views over Seville. CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA Thomas Roche CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Catedral de Sevilla was built on the site of the city’s main mosque and is supposedly the final resting place of of explorer, Christopher Columbus. The bell tower, the Giralda, is one of the city’s highlights and includes the mosque’s original minaret. Tip: Don’t forget to look up. THE CEILING AT CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA Gonzalo Azumendi THE CEILING AT CATEDRAL DE SEVILLA THE TRADITIONS Kike Calvo/UIG via Getty Images THE TRADITIONS From its tapas bars to the legendary flamenco scene, Semana Santa (Holy Week) to the Feria de Abril (Spring Fair), Seville is certainly not short on culture.
Typical spanish tapas concept, rustic style, top view.
Holy Thursday in Seville
tbralnina NurPhoto via Getty Images TORRE DEL ORO iisier TORRE DEL ORO The military watchtower was built by the Moors on the banks of the river Guadalquivir in the 13th century and remains one of Seville's best-known monuments. Take the weight off your feet and hop on an-hour long river cruise departing from the tower to enjoy some of the most romantic views of the city. TRIANA TILES ellobo1 TRIANA TILES Seville is adorned with azulejos (ceramic tiles), and the colorful neighborhood of Triana is famous for them. A good place to see the decorative tiles is the Plaza de Espana. Triana is the city’s old quarter and is a fascinating place to explore. TRIANA NEIGHBORHOOD MoreISO TRIANA NEIGHBORHOOD ART Hulton Archive/Getty Images ART Travelers can enjoy a vibrant art scene. The famous Museo de Bellas Artes is one of the most beautiful galleries in Europe where you can view the masterpieces of Spanish artists Diego de Silva y Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco, and Murillo. This year (2018) is also the Year of Murillo, celebrating the Baroque painter’s 400th anniversary.

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