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Seville conjures up images of raven-haired flamenco dancers, bullfights and extravagant Mudéjar architecture. A hybrid of Islamic and European traditions, this fusion is best reflected in the splendor of the Alcázar, a palace still in use by members of the Spanish royal family. Seek out Casa de Pilatos, 16th-century palace of the dukes of Medinaceli and delight in its fountains and salons. The Sevillians' passion for bullfighting is visible on a tour of the Real Maestranza bullring and its onsite museum, which houses paintings and embellished matador costumes.
Things to Do
Lose yourself in the perfumed gardens filled with orange trees in the Alcázar, and listen to the gentle trickling of water from its many fountains. Geometric Moorish tiles and intricate woodwork stretch as far back as you can see, mirrored in courtyard pools. The Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower is a massive gothic structure with five naves and towering spires. Leave the crowds behind and climb up the 300-foot tower for unparalleled city views.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Flamenco shows mesmerize with clicking castanets, swirling skirts and fervent strumming of guitars at Sevillian institution La Carbonería in Barrio Santa Cruz, the Old Jewish Quarter. Seville caters to its nocturnal natives, and late-night bars thrive, especially in the Alfafa and Alameda neighborhoods. In the summer, locals congregate at bars on Calle Betis by the river in Triana to escape the heat and go clubbing at seasonal outdoor venues on Isla de la Cartuja.
Restaurants and Dining
Eat as much or as little as you want on a tapas trail around the bars tucked in Seville's winding alleys. Order dry fino sherry to go with bulbous olives and savor slivers of ham on toast. Savor to-die-for costillas a la miel (honey-coated ribs) at Bar Eslava, or the venison chorizo at the 155-year-old Casa Morales. Spanish nuns have been making confections for centuries, and at the San Leandro convent you can buy yema sweets made by the sisters.
Drift lazily around the moat of Plaza de España and gaze up at bridges with intricately painted Moorish tiles with blue, green and yellow motifs. When night falls, the plaza's graceful symmetry is bathed in a softer light. The Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, with its box-hedged gardens and cloistered courtyards, is a welcome stop after admiring portraits by painter Diego de Velázquez. On summer evenings, join locals in their finery for a walk along Guadalquivir River's banks.
Find flights to Seville with American Airlines and plan a journey of discovery to this endlessly fascinating Spanish destination. The city's many charms are waiting, from soaring Gothic architecture to historic palaces and gardens to impressive museums. And who could overlook delectable tapas restaurants or colorful flamenco shows? We'll help you plan an unforgettable trip with tips on the best things to do in Seville.
A must on our list of activities in Seville is a trip to Catedral de Seville and Giralda Tower. The cathedral is the third-largest church in all of Europe, and it's the largest Gothic building in the world. Construction began in the late 15th century, and it holds the remains of Christopher Columbus in an elaborate tomb. There is also a vast collection of jaw-dropping artwork in Catedral de Seville, including gorgeous stained glass. To get to La Giralda, you'll cross the Patio of Orange Trees, a refreshing and sunny respite. La Giralda is a very recognizable symbol of the city, a tower built in the 12th century. A winding ramp leads you to the top, where you'll have an unparalleled view of the city below.
After touring the cathedral and tower, another one of our favorite things to do in Seville is visiting Alcazar, the 14th-century Mudejar palace. It's located just north of the cathedral, and it's the oldest royal residence still being used in Europe today. Tours are allowed, and we highly recommend taking one. You'll see truly impressive Spanish artwork and simply stunning gardens. One of our favorite sights here is the replica of the Santa Maria (yes, that Santa Maria; King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Christopher Columbus at Alcazar when he returned from America).
If the artwork at Alcazar piqued your interest, head to the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Seville. A stroll through this fine art museum is another one of the most popular activities in Seville, and with good reason. You'll find a noteworthy collection of paintings by El Greco along with many pieces by Murillo, who was a native of Seville.
Of course, no trip here would be considered complete without taking in a flamenco show in Barrio Santa Cruz. But don't forget to add dining in tapas bars to your list of things to do in Seville. Savor small plates while sipping Spanish wine and relaxing with friends -- now that's the way to experience Seville!
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|La Fiesta de La Virgen de La Inmaculada||Dec 2013 (annual)||Plaza de Triunfo|
|New Year Countdown In Seville||Dec 2013 (annual)||Seville|
|Parade of the Three Wise Men||Jan 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|International Flamenco Fashion Show||Jan - Feb 2014 (annual)||Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones|
|Seville Marathon||Feb 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Semana Santa in Seville||Apr 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Early Music Festival||Mar - Apr 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Seville April Fair||Apr 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Spanish Open||May 2014 (annual)||Real Club de Golf de Sevilla|
|Seville International Puppet Festival||May 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Territorios Sevilla||May 2014 (annual)||Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art (CAAC)|
|Flamenco Viene del Sur||Mar - May 2014 (annual)||Teatro Central|
|EscenaMobile Festival||Jun 2014 (annual)||Teatro Lope de Vega|
|Corpus Christi in Seville||Jun 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Sevilla Circada||Jun 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Seville Magic Festival||May - Jun 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Opera in Seville||Oct 2013 - Jun 2014 (annual)||Teatro de la Maestranza|
|Velá de Santa Ana||Jul 2014 (annual)||Triana|
|Feria de San Miguel||Sep 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Flamenco Biennial||Sep 2014 (biennial)||Seville|
|Contenedores||Sep - Oct 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|BeautyFever||Oct 2014 (annual)||Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones|
|Seville International Guitar Competition||Oct 2014 (annual)||Fundación Cajasol|
|Seville European Film Festival||Nov 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|Sevilla feSt||Nov 2014 (annual)||Seville|
|International Horse Fair||Nov 2014 (annual)||Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones|
|Opera in Seville||Oct 2014 - Jun 2015 (annual)||Teatro de la Maestranza|
|Cafetería Serranito||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||1||1|
|Casa Cuesta||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||1||2|
|Casa Robles||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||3||1|
|Cervecería Giralda||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||1||1|
|Corral del Agua||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||3||2|
|Egaña Oriza||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||4||4|
|Enrique Becerra||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||3||2|
|Fogón de Leña||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||1||2|
|Hostería del Laurel||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||3||2|
|La Albahaca||French||Around Town||3||3|
|La Dehesa||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||3||2|
|La Isla||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||4||2|
|La Raza||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||2||1|
|Marea Grande||Seafood||Around Town||4||3|
|Mesón Don Raimundo||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||2||1|
|Porta Coeli||Mediterranean||Around Town||2||3|
|Río Grande||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||2||1|
|Taberna del Alabardero||Spanish/Portuguese||Around Town||4||3|
|Abades||Bars & Pubs||3|
|Alianza Bar & Cafetería||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Antique Teatro||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|Bar Entrecalles||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Bodega Manola Blanco (Blanco Cerillo)||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Boss||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|Casa Anselma||The Performing Arts||2|
|Casa Morales||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Casa Román||Bars & Pubs||2|
|Casa Ruitz||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Cervecería de la Moneda||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Disco Catedral||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|El Arenal||The Performing Arts||1|
|El Hombre y el Oso||Gay & Lesbian Bars||1|
|El Patio Sevillano||The Performing Arts||1|
|El Rinconcillo||Bars & Pubs||3|
|Isbiliyya Café-Bar||Gay & Lesbian Bars||1|
|Itaca||Gay & Lesbian Bars||1|
|Kios de la Flores||Bars & Pubs||1|
|La Alicantina||Bars & Pubs||2|
|La Antigua Bodeguita||Bars & Pubs||1|
|La Bodega||Bars & Pubs||1|
|La Tasca de El Burladero||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Modesto||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Tablao Los Gallos||The Performing Arts||2|
|Teatro de la Maestranza||The Performing Arts||4|
|Trinity Irish Pub||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Agua de Seville||Perfume & Cosmetics||3|
|Confitería la Campana||Food||1|
|El Carambolo||Leather Goods||1|
|El Corte Inglés||Department Stores||1|
|El Postigo||China & Glassware||1|
|Félix e Hijo||Antiques||1|
|La Cava de Betis||Specialty Shopping||1|
|La Delicia del Barrio||Food||1|
|Martian||China & Glassware||1|
|Sevillarte||China & Glassware||1|
|Victorio & Lucchino||Fashion||3|
|Victorio & Lucchino||Fashion||3|
|Archivo de Indias||Landmark||2|
|Basilica de la Macarena||Religious Site||1|
|Casa de Pilatos||Landmark||3|
|Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower||Religious Site||4|
|Convento de Santa Paula||Religious Site||1|
|Hospital de la Santa Caridad||Landmark||2|
|Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Sevilla||Museum||3|
|Museo del Baile Flamenco||Museum||1|
|Torre del Oro||Landmark||1|
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