In many ways, Seville is a unique city. Less frequented than Barcelona, it is nevertheless appreciated by tourists from all over the world, who come to enjoy a very generous heritage, which tells the fascinating story of the city. Between modernity and the past, the elusive Seville is full of treasures. There are those who deserve themselves and those who offer themselves without resistance. Here is a selection that allows you to discover the pearl of Andalusia…
1. The Alcazar
So yes, the Alcazar is absolutely beautiful. A jewel of Mudéjar architecture which partly serves as the residence of the Spanish royal family. A UNESCO listed site whose construction dates back to 844, which encourages the most total wonderment… Well, that’s all very well, but if you have to go to the Alcazar, it’s also and above all because Game Of Thrones was filmed there. The Palace of Dorne is right here. We agree that this is the most important, right?
2. The Park of Maria Luisa
The ideal place to rest and breathe in the scent of the flowers while tasting churros after having wandered around the barrio Santa Cruz. A relatively large park, rich in remarkable statues and other monuments, but also in plants of all kinds and animals. In particular, you can find these little green parrots that also abound in Barcelona.
3. Attend a flamenco show
The base ! But you still have to know where to go so as not to find yourself in front of something lame and overpriced. Direction La Carboneria, in the Barrio Santa Cruz, the nerve center of Seville! A typical, welcoming place, where flamenco shows are free and where drinks are charged. But that, we agree, is normal, isn’t it? Either way, the real Spanish flamenco is here!
4. Plaza de Espana
Initiated in 1914, the super square project for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition gave birth to the Plaza de España, which to this day is one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. Its shape is meant to represent Spain welcoming its former colonies. There is nothing less than a canal, four bridges and a palace. No, frankly, it’s top class!
5. The Torre del Oro
A beautiful 13th century tower, beautifully preserved, in the Almohad style, which is part of the city’s rich heritage. Built for military purposes, it is also located in the barrio Santa Cruz, which is definitely unmissable.
6. Go see Christopher Columbus
Even if basically, there is no need for an excuse to visit the superb cathedral of Seville. Built from 1402 to 1507, listed by UNESCO, it is one of the largest Catholic cathedrals on the planet. An unmissable building in which rests Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer. The problem is that it seems that the body in Seville is not that of Christopher Columbus but of someone from his family. The remains of Columbus which may have been discovered in a mysterious box in 1877 in Santo Domingo and which today are found in the Phare de Colomb, a monument in the Dominican Republic that celebrates the discovery of the New World.
7. Seek shade at the Metropol Parasol
Seville is a bit like the city of all kinds of audacity. And in this, the Metropol Parasol stands out as an excellent example! The work began in 2005, after Jürgen Mayer, a German architect, presented a project to the city which wanted to rehabilitate Place de l’Encarnación. 6 years later, in 2011, the Metropol Parasol was completed. A gigantic, highly original and spectacular wooden structure, 150 meters by 75 meters and 28 meters high.
8. Admire the paintings of the Hospital de los Venerables
In this magnificently restored former hospital, you can admire a collection of paintings by Sevillian artists from the golden age such as Velasquez and Varela. A sanctuary of peace dedicated to art, also located in the barrio Santa Cruz. Seen and approved by Queen Sofia.
9. The remains of the Universal Exhibition of 92
Around a hundred countries took part in the 1992 Universal Exhibition in Seville, which revolved around the theme “The Age of Discoveries”. An event that left traces since there are still abandoned structures today. That said, other buildings were recycled. An atypical idea of visit.
10. Stroll through the Triana district
The cradle of flamenco! A popular and festive district, where artisans are numerous. A corner that allows you to discover a more confidential and less touristy Seville. Perhaps more warm and typical too. Walking the streets, looking for a good little tapas restaurant, or simply to soak up the atmosphere there, is an attraction in itself.