Discover Seville
The corrida, flamenco, and gazpacho

Vigorous and fiery Spanish town

Districts of Seville

According to the administrative division, the city consists of 11 districts, each of which includes subdistricts. Any part of the capital of Andalusia will be of interest to tourists. The central part with the historic quarter is the most popular for visitors. There are world-famous attractions such as the Alcázar, Giralda, the Golden Tower, and the Museum of Art. Seville's most bohemian neighborhood is the Barrio de Santa Cruz. You'll find luxurious houses with typical courtyards, trendy art galleries, and surprisingly cozy cafes at every turn here.

Population

In 2017, the population of Seville was almost 700 thousand people. About 95% of them are Spaniards. The natives of other European countries account for about 1.5% of Sevilleans. The rest of the city's inhabitants are from various nationalities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Brief history

The history of Seville begins in the III millennium BC. At that time, the Phoenicians founded the settlement of Sefele on this land. In the II century BC, the city became a Roman colony and was named Hispalis. From time to time, the Arabs raided it, and the Normans destroyed it. The heyday of Seville was at the beginning of the XI century, during the reign of the Taifa dynasty. The Berbers conquered the city by the end of the century. In the first half of the XII century, after a long siege, the Spanish troops came to Seville.

The city's glory days were in the XVI and first half of the XVII centuries after the discovery of the Americas. Seville was granted a monopoly on trade with the West Indies and became the principal port of Spain. During this period, crafts and trade flourished. The Spanish colonies demanded many goods, which were sent to them from the port of Seville. Ships would return from the West Indies filled with pearls, gold, and silver.

But in the second half of the XVII century, Seville's importance began to decline. The Inquisition, rampant at the time, caused the exodus of tens of thousands of Moorish artisans. In 1649, a plague came to the city, killing half of its inhabitants. At the same time, Seville lost its status as a port city due to the shallowing of the Guadalquivir River. In the early XVIII century, the organization controlling trade with the Americas was moved to Cadiz, which led to the further decline of Seville.

At the beginning of the XIX century, the city was the center of resistance to the invasion of Napoleon's troops.

The XX century was Seville's heyday. In 1992, the city held a grand celebration in honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the American lands.

Many nations have lived in what is now Seville, leaving their mark on the multifaceted culture of this beautiful place.

The best time to visit Seville

The city has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are very hot, with an average temperature of +25ºC ... +30ºC. In July and August, the air often heats up to +38ºC ... +40ºC. Winters are mild and sunny, with an average temperature of +11 ... +17ºC. The best time to relax in Seville is in March, April, and October. One of the most popular tourist events is the Seville April Fair, held over six days during Easter week. The extraordinarily colorful festival showcases old traditions, handicrafts, local cuisine, and lots of fun.

You should go to Seville in early September to see the mesmerizing flamenco. This is when the annual fire dance festival takes place. Tourists can not only enjoy the enchanting spectacle but also learn how to dance the dance of passion.

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Things to do in Seville

There was a Spanish proverb in the XVII century: "He who has not seen Seville has not seen a miracle." In order not to miss the most amazing wonders of the capital of Andalusia, it is necessary to walk through the favorite tourist places.

  • Walk through the picturesque Plaza de España. This square is a true work of art, constructed in 1928. It is designed in two styles — Art Deco and Mudejar. There is a fountain in the center of the semicircular square, and a canal with graceful bridges runs along its perimeter. See the beautiful artwork lining the square and relax in the shade of the adjacent park.
  • Visit the Alcázar Palace, a magnificent symbol not only of Seville but of all of Spain. This veritable treasury of Europe is considered to be the oldest functioning royal palace. It combines three architectural styles — European, Gothic, and Moorish — and it adds a touch of grandeur and elegance at the same time. Admire the lacework of the walls and galleries, the refined beauty of the inner courtyards, and the unique tapestries, paintings, and statues of the palace.
  • Get acquainted with the largest Gothic temple in the world, Seville Cathedral. The church is built on the ruins of an ancient mosque, but it was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. During each restoration, the builders used the architectural style of the time. As a result, the cathedral has an unusual shape, and each side is unique. Members of the royal families are buried in the Royal Chapel, and Christopher Columbus is buried nearby.
  • See Seville from the observation deck of the Giralda Tower. The patterned structure of imposing size is impossible to miss and is clearly visible in any part of the Old City. The graceful columns and openwork decorations of the walls point to the Moorish style. The tower is crowned by the Giraldilla statue, one of the city's main symbols.
  • Learn the legends of the Torre del Oro (Golden Tower). The XIII-century Moorish-style structure has a twelve-rectangular cross-section. The tower, decorated with painted tiles and carved patterns, conceals many legends. One claims that it owes its name to the gold it was covered with during Arab rule. Admire the beautiful view of the river from the walls of the tower.
  • Visit the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija to see a unique collection of Oriental handicrafts, artworks from the Middle Ages, and Antiquity. After the tour, you can relax in the cozy courtyards with orange trees and gurgling fountains.
  • Spend the day in the Parque de María Luisa, a favorite resting place of citizens and visitors. Stretched out along the Guadalquivir River, the park complex is famous for its fountains, lakes, grottoes, pavilions, and sculptures. Feel the invigorating smell of roses, oranges, and olive trees, and admire the rare flowers and shrubs.
  • Check out Maestranza, the oldest and largest bullfighting arena. The baroque architectural complex of the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza started to be built in 1761. Here you can see the royal box, equestrian statues and examine the museum exhibits located under the stands.
  • Give in to passion by attending a flamenco show. You can see the incendiary performances in special halls, tablaos. The best of them are located in Casa de la Memoria, Los Gallos, and Casa de la Memoria. Just be sure to make reservations in advance.
  • Buy traditional Andalusian delicacies at the Extraverde shop. There are souvenir stores all over the city. But this particular shop is especially popular with tourists and locals. Here you can try any product for free and choose the most favorite.
  • Taste the national dishes of Andalusians. Townspeople know how to enjoy life, which confirms the local cuisine. Try gazpacho (cold light vegetable soup), flamenquín (pork fillet stuffed with jamon), remojon (orange salad). For dessert, order pestiños (honey cookies), alfajores (double-layer round cookies), polvoron (shortbread almond cookies).

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