Seville, international beauty
Seville, Seville, Seville! Its charms are renowned throughout the world, and no wonder. There’s the Real Alcázar, a splendid palace complex that’s been declared a World Heritage Site. And Seville Cathedral, which also forms part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. It holds the title of the third largest place of worship in the world, it’s the largest Gothic cathedral and it’s exceptionally beautiful.
UNESCO has also highlighted the importance of the General Archive of the Indies, where all the documentation from the Spanish overseas territories is safeguarded. Among it you’ll find texts written by Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés and Ferdinand Magellan. Another well-known building is the Torre del Oro, one of the city’s icons, located on the bank of the Guadalquivir.
And we still haven’t mentioned the stunning Plaza de España. When we say there’s lots to see in Seville, it’s almost an understatement. There’s lots and lots!
You’ll need several days to cover the whole city, so it’s best to choose good accommodation in the best possible location. An example? The comfortable Sercotel Sevilla Guadalquivir Suites holiday apartments with their modern and casual style.
Don’t forget to visit the beautiful María Luisa Park and neighbourhoods such as Triana with their authentic flavour. You’ll also want to stroll under (and over) the Metropol Parasol, colloquially christened the Mushrooms of Seville, from where you can take photos of some of the best views in the city.
You can also go to Seville to eat. Because the Andalusian capital is famous for its impressive range of gastronomy and its numerous terraces, on which the tardeo, the custom of having early evening drinks, is revered.
Towns in Seville that are worth a visit
It’s also famous for its art in both a figurative and a literal sense, as demonstrated by the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, located in the former Cartuja Monastery, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The capital of Andalusia is also an important business centre. So, if you come to Seville to work, the best option is to stay in the south of the city. We await you at the Sercotel Doña Carmela Hotel, which has perfect links to the city centre and the industrial and business areas.
Its location is also ideal for visiting another of the Andalusian capital’s treasures: the archaeological site of Itálica, the first city founded by the Romans on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s situated in Santiponce, where legendary historical figures such as Trajan and Hadrian were born.
Another municipality in Seville that’s well worth a visit is the picturesque white town of Osuna. And there’s Écija, a town declared a Historical-Artistic Site due to the excellent state of conservation of its majestic palaces and monuments.
The old town area of Marchena has also been distinguished with this designation, and, if you go there, you should visit the Museum of Zurbarán, one of the most renowned painters of the Baroque period.
Now take a deep breath and continue exploring the many wonders of the region! You can move on to Utrera, an Asset of Cultural Interest thanks to its numerous architectural landmarks, although it’s also renowned for being the birthplace of flamenco.
If you prefer to be surrounded by nature, you should head for Cazalla de la Sierra, a town with a remarkable historical heritage in a spectacular setting. Or San Nicolás del Puerto, located in the heart of the Sierra de Sevilla Natural Park.
Last but not least, an absolute must-visit: Doñana, a National Park that stretches out between this province, Huelva and Cádiz, representing a mosaic of ecosystems that’s a home for biodiversity unique in Europe. Another good reason to visit Seville!