Seville: Essential Guide

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The giralda of seville
The Giralda of Sevilla - © joserpizarro - Fotolia.com

 

Seville: guide with the most important things to see and the best activities to do.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain. Andalusia is known for its fauna and flora and for having, among other things, some of the most beautiful cities in Spanish territory.

In this guide specifically, we want to talk about the city of Seville, its customs and everything you can visit it. You are ready? The city of Seville has many places to visit. Mainly, we must emphasize that its land itself stands out for its Costumbrista-style streets and a peaceful life of its inhabitants.

Sevilla It is a city to walk, to know each of its corners dressed in unclassifiable harmony, a place where you can find all kinds of styles and people with whom to talk and share.

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Shopping in Seville

The city of Seville is also very popular for shopping. Picturesque in itself in the stores of the city you will be able to buy all type of accessories and typical attires of the place. The center of the city is surrounded by shops where you can buy everything you want: clothes, typical food, souvenirs, hats, prints of the city, etc. If you liked Seville, you will always have the opportunity to take a souvenir of the same walks where you walk.

What can I see in Seville?

As we have said, Seville is first and foremost a place to walk and streets with history. If this is your first time in Seville, you should go into the center of the city to see classic neighborhoods and monuments of all kinds.

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    Barrio de Santa Cruz: located in the heart of the city of Seville, the Santa Cruz neighborhood is one of the most striking for tourism. Its narrow and collected streets and its costumbrista decoration is one of the great attractions of this one. Built on an old Jewish quarter where you can find the most important monuments (detailed below) and must visit.

  • Arenal neighborhood: this neighborhood is also very central and also, is located few meters from the Triana district, also very striking for passers-by. The neighborhood of Arenal is quite famous because it contains buildings as important as the Plaza de Toros or the Torre del Oro both, located close to each other and worthy of photography.
  • La Plaza de Toros de Sevilla specifically, it has its history, since the most important bullfighting figures have come to fight it and, every time there is a bullfight, we can see very important characters from the world of entertainment, television or politics, attending the event.
  • Neighborhood of Triana: popularly known and without a doubt, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood of Triana is simple and very charming, it highlights the large number of bars and restaurants where you can eat at almost any time of day and its streets, narrow and collected. Historically, we must say that this is where Christopher Columbus lived in the fifteenth century specifically, in the Monastery of Cartuja.
  • Neighborhood of the Macarena: located in the north of the city this neighborhood, it is also very popular in the town of Seville especially, because in it we can find Mudejar symbols and Baroque trends as well as some of the oldest bars in the city and the colossal Parliament of Andalusia .

Visiting Seville

If you decide to visit Seville to know the history and culture, there are certain monuments and spaces that you can not miss. Next, we want to show you some of the spaces that you should not miss from Seville.

  • The Torre del Oro of Seville from the Guadalquivir
    The Torre del Oro in Seville from the Guadalquivir - © eska2012 - Fotolia.com

    Alcazar: located in the heart of the city, in the avenue of the Constitution, where you will also find many tourist information points, the Royal Alcazar are a must visit. Splendid gardens with historical collections is what awaits you if you decide to enter this place. A Gothic and Mudejar decoration for a construction that belonged to the Middle Ages and from which we can enjoy today. In its distribution and also in the decoration, each and every one of the found cultures that occurred at the time are noticed. Ideal for fans of the History of Art.

  • The Cathedral: approved as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Cathedral of Seville is a place of impact and that every tourist must visit. Located in the heart of the city, a few meters from the aforementioned Reales Alcázares, the Cathedral of Seville is today one of the most visited monuments on the planet. As in the Alcázar, we also have guided tours where experts in the field, tell us all about this unsurpassed construction.
  • The Giralda: another of the great buildings that the city contains, according to experts, one of the most splendid constructions of Art. Its height exceeds 95 meters (98,5 to be exact) and partly, thanks to this, it has become one of the most visited monuments in the world. It is integrated into the World Heritage Site from 1987.

In the city of Seville we can find everything for that, it is said that it is a place where we can do many things on the other hand, it is important to know what is worth knowing in all aspects because its monuments and its streets (especially the centric ones) speak a lot about the history of the city and of Andalusia.

Beyond the city of Seville

Sevilla capital has much to offer but it is true that if you are interested in ruins and in Roman history from the town, it is essential to pay a visit to the Itálica complex.

The Paza of Spain of Seville
La Paza de España in Seville - © neirfy - Fotolia.com

Italica, founded in 206 BC by Scipio Africanus, is one of the oldest cities in Roman Hispania. During the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD it acquired great cultural and military importance and today, it is well recognized in the world of History and Art.

In Italica they were born Trajan and Adriano; the latter, who was emperor between the 138 and the 117 to C. He ordered the construction of large marble temples and other disturbing buildings. According to the archaeologists, the ruin of Itálica was due to the change of course of the Guadalquivir river that ended up devastating the city.

In the ruins of Itálica we can find the old amphitheater, able to host up to 25000 viewers in his day. We can also find an exhibition of objects found in the site itself. Italica also has numerous other treasures that are stored in the Archaeological Museum of Seville.

The visitor can wander through the remains of the streets of Itálica and admire each pavement and all the mosaics that are in their villas. However, there is not much left of the temples and baths of the city, since almost all the stone and marble of which it is composed have been looted.

As we see, there are many places where we can get lost and enjoy each of its hidden hiding places. If you like History and Art Seville, will captivate you.

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