Seville is known for its hot summers and cultural treasures, making it a highly recommended destination to visit in Spain. Maybe not in summer, unless you don't mind the inclemency of the sun, but without a doubt the visit will leave you wanting more.
But where to start in a city that offers us so much? What itineraries to follow, what sites cannot be missed on the tour? All that and more in today's article about the things to do in Seville.
The city It has the largest old town in the country and is full of monuments. After Madrid and Barcelona it is the most visited city in Spain and it is simply beautiful. Seville is in Andalusia, in the south of the country, on the banks of the Gualdalquivir River, the longest river in Andalusia with a length of 657 kilometers and navigable from its mouth in the Atlantic, in Cádiz, to Seville itself.
The city has a typical mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and very mild winters. Its history goes back in time to a Phoenician settlement, later the Romans would arrive and with them the expansion of the city. Later it would be the turn of the Visigoths, the Muslims, even some Viking looting Seville had to suffer, later the Christian reconquest and its inclusion within the domains of Castile.
With the arrival of the Spaniards in America, Seville became important, as everything related to the new territories passed through here. In the XNUMXth century the train would arrive, it would change the medieval appearance of the city, it would side with Franco in the Civil War.
La heritage wealth of the city it is something impressive.
Things to do in Seville
First, see the most emblematic of the city: the Alcazar of Seville it is the royal palace. The number of visitors is regulated 750 people a day So watch the times. In the year 913 the first caliph of Al-Andalus had a palace built on top of the Roman fortress and later it was enlarged and converted into a palace in the XNUMXth century. Later, the Christian King Alfonso of Castile expanded it even further and so did King Pedro I of Castile.
Tickets cost from 18, 50 euros per adult and you can make the purchase online If you have the Sevilla Pass, great. It generally opens from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Another attraction to visit is the Seville Cathedral and La Giralda. the cathedral is one of the largest in the world and was built on the ruins of a mosque. Is the tomb of Christopher Columbus, the Treasure Room, paintings by Goya, Murillo and Luis de Vargas, for example, the Royal Chapel and if that were not enough you can climb the old Moorish tower, La Giralda, to enjoy a superb view of the city.
The ticket costs 16,37 euros per adult and yes, you should buy them before to avoid waiting. The cathedral is open Monday through Saturday from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Plaza of Spain It is the most famous square in the city and is in the Maria Luisa Park. It dates from 1929 and there are 52 beautiful benches decorated with tiles representing the Spanish provinces.
La Plaza de Toros dates from the XNUMXth century and also houses the Bullfighting Museum with the history of this practice in the city. The bull fight takes place during the April Fair and until September, usually on Sundays. Its façade is Baroque in style and dates from between the second half of the 10th century and the 9th century. The entrance to the museum and the guided tour cost 3 euros. The site is open Monday through Sunday from 7:30 am to XNUMX:XNUMX pm.
What else can we do in Seville? Walk, tour, take photos. A good place for that is to go through the Santa Cruz district and the Historic Center. The Santa Cruz is the old Jewish quarter and the historic center includes the Alcázar and the Cathedral, but the idea is to walk through the network of narrow streets with terraces and hidden restaurants here and there.
If you are interested in the Jewish past in the city you can visit the Jewish Interpretation Center, but to the visit of the neighborhood in general adds the Casa de Pilatos, the Jardines de Murillo, the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, the Plaza Nueva, the Archivo de Indias, the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija, the Plaza de Cabildo...
La tower of Gold It is a tower from the XNUMXth century that is on the Gualdaquivir river. It was once part of the Moorish walls and served as a gold store and prison. Today it houses a small Maritime Museum. Admission is cheap, just 3 euros, and it is open from Monday to Saturday. Parque María Luisa is a green oasis and is the most famous park in Seville. Originally they were the gardens of the San Telm Palace but in 1893 they were donated to the city. It is next to the Plaza de España.
El Triana district it is on the other side of the river and was originally the main district for bullfighting and flamenco dancers. Today is a picturesque and typical neighborhood, with a beautiful and colorful boulevard. On your tour you can see the Church of Santa Ana Of 1276, the Sailors Chapel or Triana Market which is organized every day.
Is there a strange place in Seville? Well yes, the Seville Mushrooms or Seville Mushrooms, a wooden construction from 2011, a panoramic terrace actually, with a pedestrian path and an archaeological museum. The main attraction here is the Metropol Parasol. The entrance to the viewpoint costs 5 euros during the day and 10 at night.
The curious buildings were built by the German architect Jürgen Mayer and It is the largest wooden building in the world.; 150 x 70 x 26 meters high. The archaeological museum that is five meters above street level preserves the Roman ruins of the XNUMXst century and the Moorish houses that were built later.
Finally, in addition to all these attractions that you can see in Seville, what else is there to do in the city? Riding a bicycle it is an option. Seville has many well-signposted bike paths. You can also walk around Macarena district, see the church of the savior, take a boat ride on the Gualdalquivir river, or kayak, or see a flamenco show. There are many in the Triana district: La Anselma, El Regoneo, Lo Nuestro, Pura Esencia, Lola de los Reyes...
And see museums? Of course: The Archaeological Museum, the Flamenco Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Aquarium...