Culture & Travel

6 December 2021

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Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. The city, located in the southwest of the country and famous for its historical churches and palaces, is also well-known for its flamenco dance. Whether you’re a fan of Spanish tapas or a history buff, it’s not easy to get bored of this Andalusian city. With its colorfully painted tiled houses, the arched beauty of the palaces, its gothic architecture and the Giralda Tower, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the romantic city of Seville awaits its curious travelers. Let’s look at the 10 most special activities to do in this city that smells of history.

1. How about exploring the city on foot?

Seville is such a city that it is a pleasure to explore on foot. Feeling Seville by forgetting yourself and where you are in narrow streets among historical buildings is the best choice. Tourists visiting Seville on a sunny day do not return without taking a walk or sunbathing on the riverbank overlooking the Guadalquivir river. In a city with no hustle and bustle, you do not feel the crowd and rush to get to where you are always accustomed to, so you can walk in the streets with your head and enjoy Seville.

2. Don’t Return Without Watching Flamenco in Seville

Flamenco is music, singing, dancing, reading poetry, a complete philosophy of life, and feeling. Discover the sense of authenticity and the meaning of life in the unique display of the art of flamenco, the art of the gypsies. Never go back without watching this beautiful dance in the city where flamenco is famous. If you want to watch this magical dance, Casa de la Memoria Cultural Center, La Casa del Flamenco and Casa de la Guitarra Dance Theater, Flamenco Museum, and Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos Flamenco Dance Theater are some of the best spots. 

3. Don’t Miss Must-See Historical Places

Real Alcazar, the royal palace on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Seville Cathedral, which is considered the largest in the world in terms of volume with its 80 different chapels, Plaza De Espana Square (Spain Square), where the Renaissance influences are felt in its architecture, Seville Archeology Museum, where artifacts from the Bronze Age are exhibited are just a few of the places that you should not miss. 

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In addition, Maria Luisa Park, with its picturesque appearance and Santa Cruz Neighborhood, which enchants the visitors with its small and curved streets, are among the must-see places when visiting Seville.

4. If You Have a Chance, Attend the Feria de Abril Festival

Lights, colors, and loads of fun. Every year, Feria de Abril, which is the fair of fairs, shakes Seville, so to speak. The streets are lined with chalky yellow sand from the neighboring town of Alcala de Guadaira, used in Seville’s gardens and bullfights. The city’s uniqueness, charm, ornate atmosphere, lantern-lit streets, and after a week of celebration, ends with a grand firework display over the Guadalquivir River.

5. When It’s Spain, Never Without a Bullfight

Is there a trip to Spain without participating in the bullfight? Without a doubt, Seville is one of the best cities to take part in this activity due to its long tradition of bullfighting and the presence of the Plaza de Toros bullfighting arena with a capacity of 12,000 spectators. If you plan to go and join, be sure to buy your tickets in advance. Also, do not leave without visiting the exhibition of photographs, paintings, and bullfighting costumes at the Real Maestranza (Plaza de Toros), the oldest bull arena in the world.

6. Tour the Touristic Heart of the City, Santa Cruz

Considered the heart of the city’s tourist area, Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful districts in all of Spain. This beautiful location is home to many sites such as Seville Cathedral and the garden palace Real Alcazar. Here, by yourself, you can visit the tapas bars or shop to shop, and buy handicrafts and ceramics and souvenirs. Be prepared to lose yourself in the narrow streets and be fascinated by the colorful houses.

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7. Don’t Forget Seville Nightlife

Whether you want to have a chat at a terraced cafe or have fun in a bar with live music, you should definitely taste the nightlife of Seville, which you won’t regret. Hotel Dona Maria Terrace Bar, Lola de Los Reyes Tablao Flamenco, Uthopia, Casino Terazza, and Monasterio are some of the night places to visit. We have to admit that Friday evenings are the time to go out with friends. Entertainment continues until the first light of the morning at the terrace bars in summer, and for those who are resistant to nightlife, bars open until late at night may also be preferred.

8. Enjoy Shopping in Fashionable Spain

Like most shopping and fashion-loving Spanish cities, you can easily satisfy your shopping hunger in weekend markets and shopping malls filled with shops that are not accessible by car. It is possible to explore the city while shopping, as the people of Seville do. Ceramic gifts from handcrafted products, perfumes produced from Seville’s famous orange aromas, famous white Spanish wine, and anise liqueur, and of course Flamenco clothes are some of the gifts one can buy while visiting this beautiful city.

9. Not Without a Romantic Canal Tour

How about discovering Spanish channels? Taking a tour of the Guadalquivir River is one of the must-do activities in Seville to understand the spirit and history of the city. There are also bars, cafeterias, and toilets on the boats, and the city is also advertised with audio. Do not miss the romantic and legendary river tours if you want to get a glimpse of Seville from the river.

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Let’s also mention that the Guadalquivir River played an important role in the history of the city, and the wealthy people from the New World, namely the Americas, came by ship in the 16th and 17th centuries.

10. Discover the Beauty Around the City of Seville

Cordoba, whose streets are adorned with colorful flowers, Ronda, famous for its Puente Nuevo bridge, Alhambra known for its Alhambra Palace, the port city of Cadiz, which is reminiscent of paintings, Malaga, the magnificent seaside city, Jerez de la Frontera, which is dazzling with its historical architecture, Mazagon, known for its beaches, are some special points to see around Seville.