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Home to a wealth of Moorish heritage.

Set on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville enjoys a wealth of Moorish heritage, as well as the legacy from its time as a rich trading port for the Americas.

The Andalusian capital embodies joie de vivre and hubbub on every street and in every square in the historical centre. The old town is home to an interesting series of buildings granted World Heritage status and popular neighbourhoods with deep roots such as Triana, La Macarena and Santa Cruz.

Museums and galleries, theme parks, cinemas, theatres and clubs are just some of the many leisure options available in a large city such as Seville. Not forgetting the many terraces, pubs and bars offering visitors the chance to savour one of the city's most deep-rooted and tasty traditions: “tapas”.

The local festivals are another good reason to head to the city. Granted International Tourist Interest status, Eater Week and the Feria de Abril fair reflect the devotion and folklore of local people who are always welcoming and warm to visitors. Nevertheless, Seville offers so much more and makes for an excellent starting point to travel through the entire province on the many cultural routes, such as the Roman Bética Route or the Washington Irving Route.

The port of Seville, located 80 km from the Atlantic Ocean, is Spain's only river port. The Guadalquivir River is navigable from the estuary in Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the city, although boats entering the city are restricted to 8.5 m draught with the V Centenario bypass bridge limiting their height to 42 m.

What to see

  • The Cathedral including the Giralda). The cathedral is located on top of what was the Grand Mosque in the 12th century and preserves the minaret (known as the Giralda) where a weather vane was added in the 16th century. It is the largest Catholic cathedral in the world and the third largest Christian church after Saint Peter's in Rome and Saint Paul's in London.
  • The Reales Alcázares royal palace. A huge castle with different palace buildings dating to distinct periods and built in several architectural styles, the compound has been home to several monarchs throughout history.
  • The General Archive of the Indies. The archive was founded due to a dispute between Sevillian merchants and the Town Council. In 1778, King Charles III ordered all documentation on Spanish territories in the Indies in the archives of the Council of the Indies in Madrid, the Central Archive of Simancas (Valladolid) and the Casa de Contratación crown agency in Cadiz and Seville to be transferred to the Casa de la Lonja de Mercaderes merchant exchange in Seville, with the top floor becoming the General Archive of the Indies.
  • The Torre del Oro tower. The 'Tower of Gold' was commissioned in 1221 by the last Almohad Caliph Abu al-Ala. It was a defence tower as it has a chain running from the base to the other side of the river to close off entry to the port. It is believed to get its name from the external golden tile finish it once had or from the riches it once stored inside coming off the boats that returned from the Americas.
  • Sant Cruz Neighbourhood. Santa Cruz is the busiest and most popular area in Seville thanks to its traditional narrow streets, stately homes, courtyards filled with flowers, the murmur of its fountains, the scent of orange blossom...and for the charm and legends it embodies.

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'Hidden' Treasures in the City

The PALAZZOS are homes filled with must-see art, beauty and surprises. Seville was known as the 'New Rome' for its splendour and the best Italian and Flemish artists at the time would come here, bringing their Renaissance influences to the city. We recommend you take a look at this link Photo Gallery.

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