Travel Guide For Seville Spain

Seville Travel Guide

This historic city, the capital of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain, serves as the cultural and financial hub for southern Spain. Tourist activities and attractions are abundant in Seville and its cuisine is world renowned.

Seville's history dates back over 2,000 years and many areas are well-preserved and have become popular tourist spots. The city's wall and the Alcázar fort offer Muslim architectural design from the Moor period.

Seville, famous for its oranges, also has a large Roman influence. The Cathedral of Seville was constructed with elaborate details and has the world's largest floor space for a religious building, there panoramic views of the city from La Giralda Tower.

For a leisurely stroll, the Plaza de España is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. This impressive semi-circle façade has beautifully detailed bridges and showcases a spectacular fountain in its center.

Seville Tourist Attractions

Throughout the year, Seville's culture is celebrated with numerous festivals. The most famous is Holy Week in April, internationally renowned for its colourful and lively processions. Other popular festivals feature locals dancing in traditional flamenco dresses and Spanish attire. Eating the sumptuous local cuisine is the highlight of these events.

Just south of Seville is the Antigua F´brica de Tabacos. This 16th century tobacco factory is now a local monument. A tour of the factory will present the historic background and allow you to view the elaborate details of this once-thriving industry.

Five miles northwest is the Romans' first settlement in Spain. The town of Itálica offers many opportunities to explore the ruins from this period. While in the area, the San Isidoro del Campo Monastery is worth a peek. During Seville's 12th century Golden Age, del Campo was considered the best institution for learning about religion and the arts.

A worthwhile daytrip from Seville is Gibraltar, at the southernmost tip of Spain. The popular Rock of Gibraltar has a lush natural reserve and limestone caves. An archeological dig discovered that Neanderthals used these caves nearly 30,000 years ago.

Transport Around Seville

Seville's San Pablo Airport is six miles from the city and international flights are available. Car rentals are plentiful and the roads are generally not congested. If you are planning to drive, it is advisable to get travel insurance before coming to Seville.