The birthplace of flamenco dancing, Seville is one of Spain’s most flamboyant cities, blessed with sultry weather, blossoming orange trees and a lively street scene. There are plenty of neighbourhoods to explore, as well as a string of historic sites.
Things to do in Seville
With its intricate arches and lush gardens, the Alcazar of Seville is renowned as Spain’s most beautiful palace. It was dreamt up by Moorish Muslim kings and is now a treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known for its winding streets and shady plazas, Barrio Santa Cruz is one of Seville’s most atmospheric neighbourhoods. If you’re feeling the heat, you can cool down with a bowl of chilled gazpacho and a glass of sangria at a sidewalk cafe.
For a taste of Seville’s world-famous flamenco scene, head to the Triana neighbourhood, a great place to find artisan boutiques and trendy tapas bars. For a more local experience, you can venture north-west to the artsy area of La Macarena which is known for its nightclubs and live music venues.
With its grassy lawns, shady paths and shimmering ponds, Parque de María Luisa is an urban oasis in the heart of Seville. While you’re there, don’t miss the grand Plaza de Espana, where colourful mosaics pay tribute to each Spanish province.
Getting around Seville
Walking is the best way to get around Seville. Buses run to most major tourist sites, while taxis are readily available. The city’s bike share programme can also be a fun and eco-friendly way to get around.