The very nature of its location, climate and people make it one of the most personal cities I’ve ever visited. Much has already been written on what to do is Seville and I’m not going to repeat information. I hope that this page will act as a direction for those lucky people with some spare time on their hands. And, if you have the chance to visit during Semana Santa or the Feria, drink in the atmosphere…
It’s like a trip through time. Seville has remained frozen in this inexplicable medium almost since time was in short trousers. Travelling around on one of the many tourist buses, which provide a year-round service, is a great way to get to know the city. There are lots of guided tours of the city including one that is guided by a very convincing ‘Carmen’. Essential in the list of monuments to see are the following:
Perhaps the most emblematic symbol of the city is the Giralda.
The Real Alcazar
If you look carefully, the Real Alcazar is perhaps one of the best examples of the cross-fertilisation of cultures.
Seville cathedral is one of the most impressive and largest of Christian temples in the world.
The Torre del Oro
Isolated on the banks of the old trace of the Guadalquivir river, the Torre del Oro is an ancient construction, built by the Almohade Arabs in the 13th century as part of the defences of the city walls.
Seville, amongst other cities, claims to be one of the homes of the tapa. The legend goes that the tapa was invented as a small snack on bread that was used to cover, or tapar, the glass of wine that accompanied it. Nowadays, the tapa has been converted into a meal in its own right and one which is celebrated in many forums, competitions and recipe books. Going out to ‘tapear’ or eat nothing but tapas for an evening is surely one of the greatest of activities not only for Sevillanos but also for visitors to the city. And there are many tapa bars and restaurants in this ancient city where the delights of the tapa are celebrated to the full. Perhaps one of the most famous of these many bars is the Bar Giralda. Located near to the centre of the city, close to the Cathedral and its namesake, the Giralda, this bar offers the visitor many examples of this fine cuisine which has taken on a life of its own and has graduated from the ranks of mere food to the high intellectual realm of culinary art.
Theatre and Music
Seville offers the visitor many distinct cultural experiences including theatre, opera and open-air concerts. The Maestranza is an experience not to be missed. All, this is apart from the many flamenco shows available that provide only a small glimpse of the energy and vitality that populates this city.