Planning Your Trip to Seville
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When many people think of Spain, some images immediately come to mind: sun, flamenco, and tapas, probably among them. Of course, Seville is the city that best fits this dreamlike ideal of typical Spain, but it is also much more than that.
As the capital of Spain's southernmost region, Andalusia, Seville has long been linked to legendary figures who seem to leap from the pages of a storybook. It was once the home of ancient Roman dignitaries who helped run one of the most iconic empires in history, and later the kings and queens whose legacy lives on today in its great palaces and gardens.
But Seville was also home to generations of artists, poets, dancers, and dreamers whose passion helped forge Andalusia's proud cultural identity. In fact, Spain's most iconic art form, flamenco, was born here centuries ago, when oppressed people living in poverty began to channel their anguish into music and dance.
Today's Seville is a perfect storm of elegant old-world glamor, fearless passion, and the friendly, laid-back lifestyle that makes southern Spain one of the most welcoming places in Europe.
Planning Your Trip
- Best time to visit: Spring in Seville is magical, as flowers bloom all over the city and important events such as Holy Week and the April Fair appear on the calendar. The weather is pleasantly warm and you will find many locals enjoying the sun and the atmosphere.
- Language: Spanish, although the staff at most tourist attractions, hotels, and some restaurants speak English.
- Currency: Euro
- Public transport: The city's bus network, known as TUSSAM, is the cheapest and most extensive public transport system in Seville. There is also a small metro system and tram line (confusingly called "MetroCentro"), and the popular Sevici public bike rental program.
- Travel tip: Book your visit to the Real Alcázar online in advance. Ever since it was used as a filming location for "Game of Thrones" (fans might recognize it as Dorne's Water Gardens from seasons five and six), its popularity has skyrocketed with visitors. The extra euro you will have to pay to book online is worth avoiding the one-hour queue to buy tickets for the whole day.
Things to Do
Seville is full of architectural and cultural gems, a fantastic food scene, and some of the best (and most authentic) flamingos in Spain. The city center is compact and easy to navigate, but even if you go the wrong way, you will probably find a gem: Seville is one of the best cities to get lost.
Here are some ideas to get started:
- Explore all of Spain without leaving Seville in the great Plaza de España. This impressive plaza in Parque de María Luisa features small brightly colored niches that represent each of the 48 provinces of Spain (in addition to Seville itself).
- Cross the river to the lively Triana neighborhood. This eclectic neighborhood is very proud of its local identity, to the point that residents often refer to themselves as from Triana rather than Seville. It is known for its beautiful hand-painted ceramics, so be sure to buy one as a souvenir.
- Seville is almost more beautiful seen from above. Climb to the top of the Las Setas monument at sunset and enjoy a drink from the bar while taking in stunning 360-degree views of the city.
What to Eat and Drink
If you've come to Spain in search of tapas, you're in luck: Seville is one of the best places to taste this staple of national cuisine. While tapas are not accompanied for free like other cities (Granada is especially famous for it), Seville's scene is hard to beat: it is home to an incredible 3,000 tapas bars. Expect crowds at the hottest spots and don't be dazzled by too many tapas in one place - hitting the bars is part of the fun.
Whatever you do, don't swallow the tapas with sangria. It's not actually something that locals drink in public in Spain (many prefer to do so at home), and if you see it served in bars, it's usually an expensive, low-quality version made for tourists. Instead, if you want something similar and much more authentic, join the locals and order a red summer or a refreshing cocktail of red wine and lemon soda. Other popular drinks in Seville are vermouth (especially as an aperitif before tapas) and Jerez wine, which comes from the neighboring province of Cádiz and comes in a delicious range of colors and flavors.
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