Seville is a very old city. It was founded by the ancient civilization of the Tartessus, and was invaded on many occasions. It has been under Roman, Visigoth, and Muslim influence before finally becoming Christian. However, it is the Roman and Muslim cultures that prevail in the streets and monuments of this beautiful Andalusian city.
As movie-goers will know, Seville has been the setting for many well-known films like Star War: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and The Dictator, as well as the recent blockbuster Game of Thrones.
In the city of Seville there are many things to visit and see. You can stroll through its mazy narrow streets, which were used by Muslims to confuse the invaders since you can get lost in them in the blink of an eye; or take the opportunity to visit one of the most famous neighborhoods in Spain, Triana.
Visit its numerous churches, the beautiful Torre del Oro, or explore the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Cathedral of Seville, with its beautiful and famous Giralda. This is the most emblematic part of the city and its most internationally-recognized monument.
Another place you must see is the stunning Plaza de España, a beautiful square where you can relax and row along its canals in a small boat.
Another of the most beautiful monuments in the center of Seville is the Reales Alcázares. This is the oldest active royal palace in Europe, dating from the 8th century and has a mixture of styles ranging from Islamic to Baroque, Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance. This led to it being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the same year as the Seville Cathedral and the Archive of the Indies, which is another important monument in Seville.
With a mild and warm climate all year round, Seville is in the center of Andalusia and very close to Cordoba, Granada and the beaches of Cadiz and Huelva. It is well- connected with the rest of Spain via the high-speed train (AVE) and with most of Europe by airplane (London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, and much more).
In each neighborhood, on every street, in every corner, Seville has so much to see and feel. It may be an artistic and monumental place to admire, just a tiny detail or the most emblematic building. Every few yards you come across a square, a palace temple, or other places of interest. All this with the wonderful aroma of orange blossom and jasmine that comes from its gardens. In its taverns, bars, and restaurants you will find the perfect place to take a rest, try some tapas and sample the local wines and gastronomy.
The people of Seville know how to enjoy their leisure time, are happy to share what is theirs, and are extrovert and cheerful. Their happiness is special and contagious, influencing their way of seeing life and of expressing themselves and their feelings. This unique charm makes visitors from abroad quickly feel at home, and the hardest thing for them is saying goodbye to the city and its people.