Top areas in Seville
The Andalusian capital, Seville, with its wonderful mix of Gothic and Moorish architecture, is one of Spain’s most visited cities. Located on the Guadalquivir River, Seville is a cosmopolitan city with some 1.6 million inhabitants. Seville Airport is a busy international hub, and visitors can access their hotel in Seville cheaply via shuttle bus from the airport. Casco Antiguo and Triana have some of the best hotels in Seville.
Seville is divided in half by the Guadalquivir, and some of the most luxurious hotels in Seville are located in Triano, on the banks of the river. Casco Antiguo – the old city center – is just as appealing, within its winding cobblestone alleys travelers will Seville's heritage alive and well in its architecture. The Cathedral of Seville, the gothic La Giralda Bell Tower and the Alcazar palace three of the most impressive landmarks in the city. The latter is an elaborately decorated Moorish fort-cum-royal residence with several courtyards and beautiful mosaics throughout.
Art-lovers and would-be historians are well catered for in Seville. The Museum of Fine Arts is considered to be one of the premier galleries Spain with many paintings from the 17th century, considered to be Seville's Golden Age. After gallery- and museum-hopping, visitors can slake their thirst in one of Seville's countless bars – the city is said to have more bars per capita than any other in Europe – and a typical night for locals can extend to daybreak.
For travelers who want the ultimate Spanish experience the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza holds regular bull fights. Seville is where bull fighting originated and locals are intensely proud of this tradition. For something less contentious but no less authentic, flamenco dancing is a popular traditional pursuit and performances happen throughout the city – as do lessons.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Seville, click on the interactive Seville map on the left-hand side of the page.