Hot, Hot, Hot! Did you know that summer temperatures average 35c in Seville, making it Europe’s hottest metropolitan area? It also has Spain’s only river port – 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia and is also the region’s largest city with a population of 700,00. It’s old city covers about 2 square miles and it is home to 3 Unesco World Heritage sites; the Cathedral of St Mary of the See, the Alcazar Palace complex, and the General Archive of the Indies.
Seville’s cathedral is the burial place of Christopher Columbus and is the third largest church in the world and the largest gothic cathedral. Its tower, the Giralda, is the former minaret of the mosque which sat on the site whilst Seville was under Muslim rule. Walking to the top gives great views of Seville and is a serious of slopes rather than steps, to allow horses to climb to the top.
The Alcazar of Seville is one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain and was built by the moors during their occupation of Anadalucia. Spain’s Royal Family retain parts of the palace and use them as their official residence when in Seville.
Close to both the cathedral and the Alcazar lies Seville’s barrio Santa Cruz. Here the attraction is culinary – tapas bars throng the narrow streets. For the residents of Seville (Sevillanos) tapas are their equivalent of coffee and croissants to Parisians, providing both nourishment and a social focus. Many locals follow a tapas crawl so you can eat as much or as little as you please over a period of time. Ham and seafood are to be recommended as excellent options in Seville tapas bars.
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Hotels in Seville