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Destination Andalusia: why not head to... Seville?
Evocative of sun and good living, the name of this city is already an invitation to travel on its own. The Andalusian capital, the flagship city of Spanish history at the crossing of Christian and Muslim culture, will make you want to discover its architectural jewels, indescribable asulejos and its typical tapas bars.
A majestic city
To start, why not embrace the entire city by going up to the top of the Giralda, a perfect mix of Arabic and Renaissance style architecture. From the top, you can see the Orange Tree Courtyard and Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. 116 metres long, 76 metres high and with its central nave measuring 37 metres in height, it is an impressive building to say the least. A few metres from the Cathedral stand the walls which hide Seville's Royal Alcazar. This sumptuous palace combines Islamic, Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. A witness to the city's historical evolution during the last millennium, it is one of the city's most emblematic monuments. A stone's throw away, as if Seville sought to amaze by all means, the Maria Luisa Park and its Plaza de España encourage you to enter an enchanting world. Don't miss out on a boat ride along the canal which surrounds Plaza de España. And if you like this calm and peaceful atmosphere, you can prolong this moment of relaxation by strolling along the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
However, you haven't come to the end of your historical and architectural discoveries just yet. A long-standing controversy, the Metropol Parasol is an astonishing wooden structure, nicknamed “the mushroom” by the Sevillians. Under the caps of these mushrooms, you will find the Archaeological Museum, Antiquarium and shops. Now go back to the 16th century with the Casa de Pilatos. You will have as much pleasure gazing at these wonders of Mudéjar art as you will strolling around the gardens and the luxurious idle temples.
Of course, your Andalusian stay wouldn't be complete without a detour to the Flamenco Museum, which tells you all about the history of this mysterious dance, its artists, styles, techniques, gestures and postures!
And last but not least, for those who like to go off the beaten track, the Triana district is the ideal place. Walk amongst the colourful market stalls, admire the ceramics that adorn the facades and those of the workshops, discover by chance a picturesque patio filled with pots of geraniums and other carefully maintained plants, and join in with the hustle and bustle down the street of Betis.
Top 10 must-sees
- The Giralda: This tower of unrivalled dimensions for a construction of its time (from 12th to 16th century), has long been the highest building in the world (101 metres up to the Giraldillo, the beautiful weather vane which crowns it and constitutes one of the city's symbols). A minaret before becoming a bell tower, it is a perfect blend of different architectural styles and different civilisations.
- Seville Cathedral: The colossal proportions of this cathedral will leave you speechless. The Chapter of the cathedral designed it according to these terms: “Let's build a temple so big that those who see it finished will think we are insane”. Admire the altarpiece of the high altar, considered as one of the major works in the history of art, or the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.
- Royal Alcazar: This palace, consisting of several palaces, is a unique ensemble in the world. Since the early Middle Ages, this walled enclosure has served as a residence for kings of different eras, who have left their architectural imprint. Today, it is still the official residence of the Spanish kings in Seville.
- Maria Luisa Park: Enjoy a lovely walk in this huge garden immersed in a romantic atmosphere, between fountains and exotic species. Each path unveils new surprises: the fountain featuring frogs (fuente de las ranas) and that of lions (fuente de los leones), the small island of ducks and its pavilion (isleta de los patos), Plaza de America and to perfect the overall enchantment: an abundance of azulejos.
- Plaza de España: Within the Maria Luisa Park, this square is a show of light and majesty. Designed by the great Sevillian architect Aníbal González for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929, this unique place in the world occupies a total surface area of 50,000 m², which undoubtedly makes it the country's most imposing square.
- The Metropol Parasol: This strange building overlooking La Encarnacion square is a modern work of art which was inaugurated in 2011, following a competition initiated by the city. Created entirely from pieces of wood, this structure houses a tapas restaurant as well as a walk offering a breathtaking panoramic view across Seville.
- Casa de Pilatos: Since the 16th century, this palace-jewel has belonged to a wealthy family of Sevillian aristocrats. Don't be deceived by the facade outside; its sobriety is equalled only by the richness of the inside. Ancient statues, a multiplicity of refined decor, an intensely coloured collection of azulejos, a subtle variation of Mudéjar, Renaissance and Gothic styles; prepare to be dazzled.
- Banks of the Guadalquivir: Treat yourself to a simple free luxury by strolling along the banks of the Guadalquivir, a peaceful freshwater river which sets its pace to the canoes and rowers that pass along it. Sit along the banks, contemplate their silent and synchronised dance whilst basking in the sun.
- Flamenco Museum: Located in an old building in the centre, this very modern museum reveals the secrets of the Flamenco dance through visual and interactive animations: videos, photo projections and screens with explanations in French. There is also a collection of shoes and costumes, posters, photos and temporary exhibitions, based on the same theme.
- Triana district and its market: Venture beyond the boundaries of the historical centre of Seville! Cross the Isabel ll bridge to step into this popular district, which is a little gypsy-like and likes to resell things!
Seville, world capital of tapas
During the evenings in Seville, people go to the bars to “tapear” (eat tapas)!
Wherever you go, you are bound to enjoy a wide variety of these delicious appetizers which are just a mouthful. Pan con tomate (bread with tomato) accompanied by slices of Serrano ham, grilled squid, marinated anchovies, Manchego cheese, cheese or ham croquetas, the famous patatas bravas (fried potatoes coated in a red pepper and chilli sauce) or simple olives stuffed with anchovies... Accompanied by a glass (or several glasses) of vino tinto (red wine), all these delicacies make up a meal worthy of a large table!
Seville - Events Calendar
March: Ancient Music Festival
Mid-March marks the opening of the Ancient Music Festival in Seville. The greatest names sing traditional melodies with great passion.
April: Seville Fair
A whole week dedicated to celebrations, with daily bullfighting sessions. The fair is like a miniature city adorned in its most beautiful finery. A fast-moving world where the houses are casetas, the lighting comes from farolillos (lanterns) and all the streets bear the names of legendary bull fighters.
September: Flamenco Biennial in Seville
The Flamenco Biennial dates back to 1980. It is where, each year, a flamenco competition is organised. This program is supplemented by flamenco courses, conferences and debates, to the rhythm of dances, songs and the sound of guitars.
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