Of Tartessian origin, influenced by the Romans, Visigoths and Muslims, Seville possesses a cultural and historical richness that can be seen in every corner of the city. By the Guadalquivir river, trade flourished, reaching its highest point during the Catholic Monarchs reign, when its river port became the Peninsula's most important one. We recommend booking in advance our hotels in Seville.
What to visit?
Seville's old town was declared a World Heritage site by the Unesco in 1987.
To get immersed in Seville's history, we will walk around Barrio de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Quarter), the former Jewish quarter, enjoying its squares filled with orange trees and the Andalusian courtyards covered with flowers. Here we will visit the Gothic Cathedral with the world's largest floor area. In the inside we will see Christopher Columbus' burial site. We recommend climbing up the stairs of the Giralda, its famous minaret tower, and enjoying the views over Seville.
The Real Alcázar was originally a fort, built in the 8th century, which was later re-purposed as a royal residence. The main points of interest of its interior are the Palacio de Pedro I, Mudejar architecture, and the Jardines del Estanque (Pond's Gardens), with their intense jasmine aroma. Not far away you will see the Archivo de las Indias (Seville's General Arquive of the Indies), in the Lonja de Mercaderes (Merchant's Market), from the 16th century. There you will find all information related to the Spanish colonies.
Walking by the river shore, we get closer to the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), a watchtower that was built between the 18th and 19th centuries. The Plaza de España (Spain Square) is inside the Parque de María Luisa, one of the most iconic places in the city of Seville. Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, it is worth it to stop and look at all the different ornaments that can be found decorating the square.
Crossing San Telmo or Isabell II's bridges, we will get to the Barrio de Triana (Triana quarter), where flamenco is in the air. Going across this quarter we will get to the Callejón de la Inquisición (Inquisition's Passage), where the terrible Court had its headquarters.
What to eat?
We recommend savouring a fresh gazpacho (cold vegetables soup), tortas de quisquillas (shrimp cake), or huevos a la flamenca (fried eggs with vegetables) in any of our hotels in Seville. As a dessert, San Leandro yolks, mostachones de Utrera (pastry with honey), or oil pancakes.