Probably the first port of call for visitors to Seville, the magnificent Cathedral of Seville is one of the largest churches in the world. An exquisite example of Gothic and Baroque architectural styles, its bell tower – La Giralda – dominates the city's skyline. It is considered the finest of the three great Almohad minarets: the other two are in the Moroccan cities of Rabat and Marrakech. Visitors making the climb to the top of the tower are rewarded with spectacular views of Seville.
Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as The Alcázar, with its marvelous gardens, and the Santa Cruz quarter, with its cramped streets, richly decorated facades and hidden patios. While subsequent monarchs have added their own additions to The Alcázar, it remains one of the best examples of mudéjar architecture. Its upper levels are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence.
A former watchtower, The Torre del Oro, is today open to visitors as a naval museum. Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages and as a secure enclosure for the precious metals periodically brought by the fleet of the Indies.
Seville Airport is a busy international hub, and visitors can access their hotel in Seville cheaply via shuttle bus from the airport. Casco Antiguo has some of the best hotels in Seville, with several restored town houses or mansions arranged around Andalucian courtyards.