It’s difficult to sum up
Seville, Sevilla, in just a few paragraphs. It’s a city that is both intriguing
as it is bewildering.
The Sevillians are enthusiastic and passionate about their history and culture
that dates back to before the Romans in 40BC. This vibrant city
is enthralling and exhausting in equal measures your senses are bombarded day
or night by street noise, the heat, the smell of cafe cooking and the stunning
architecture influenced by centuries of invading and colonising Phoenicians,
Romans, and Moors.
sits on the edge of the river Guadalquivir, this one time trading artery
snaking its way through the city, provided much of the cities early wealth
with goods and trade arriving from the Americas. There isn’t a street in the old
part of Seville that doesn’t offer a meal, Tapas, coffee with a glass of sherry
or a Flamenco show and the constant buzz around you is infectious and enticing.
three buildings that are the ‘must sees’ in Seville are the Giralda, Cathedral
of Seville and the Real Alcazar. The Giralda is the bell tower for the Cathedral
of Seville and stands at 96m high it offers some stunning views of the city and
has become an historical symbol for Seville. The Cathedral of Seville is one of the
largest churches in the world its central nave stands at 40m and has some wonderful
examples of Baroque and Gothic architecture. The Real Alcazar is an official
Royal Palace in Spain, originally a Moorish fort but over the Centuries it has
gone through several reconstructions and when the Royal
family pay a visit to the Palace then the Alcazar is shut to visitors.
you are travelling in March and April then watch out for Semana Santa and the Feria
de Abril, April Fair, two big festivals that bring the city to almost a standstill
with processions, markets and street parties.