Seville is without a doubt the heart of the Andalucian region of Spain. No visit to southern Spain will be completed without spending a few days exploring this fascinating city, where the cultural experiences and cooking are different from anything you find anywhere in the world. From flamenco dancing to an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Seville certainly has many exciting things to offer.
The capital city of Andalusia is a great starting point for exploring this vibrant city. Because the rail transport system is excellent in this part of the country, it will be very easy to move from one destination to another.
What exactly should you visit in Seville?
St. Mary’s Cathedral. Impressive in all respects, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Seville is the world’s largest Gothic church and the third largest church in the world. It’s so huge that you can hardly get a single photo that captures the entire construction. As grandiose on the outside as on the inside, the cathedral was built precisely for this purpose, to show the wealth of Seville.
Built on the site of a former mosque, the church still retains some of the Muslim architectural elements, including the orange court and the minaret, which has been transformed into a bell tower. Inaugurated in 1507, after more than 100 years of construction, the cathedral shelters Christopher Columbus’s tombstone, whose tomb is supported by four knights representing the four regions of Spain during Columbus life.
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Seville is something you should not miss visiting. It is located in the city center, in Avenida de la Constitucion, and the ticket is 9 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for children and pensioners.
Alcazar Palace. Alcazar is the royal palace in Seville, built for King Peter of Castile and is used even today as the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Built as a fortress in 913 and modified several times over the centuries, the impressive palace presents a wonderful blend of Christian architecture and mudejar art. It may seem familiar to fans of the Game of Thrones TV series, where most of the season V has been shot. In addition, it is surrounded by fascinating gardens that crown the already undeniable beauty of this construction. As a part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, Alcazar Palace is a tourist destination that should not be missing from the itinerary of a traveler arriving in southern Spain. The entrance fee in the palace is 9.5 Euro, and you can visit the palace daily between 9.30 and 19.00.
Plaza de España. The Plaza de España in Seville was built in 1929 for Expo 29 and is considered one of the best examples of Spanish architecture. The huge semi-circular building has a tower at each end and a 500-meter long channel following the market curve. The canal is crossed by four unique bridges that allow access to the building. If you get here, climb the stairs to the second floor and admire the splendid view of the market from the balcony. Currently, the building is used for various government purposes, but it is also one of the favorite relaxation spots of locals and tourists alike.
Plaza de España has also been used as a venue where many imprtant movies were shot, such as Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.
Maria Luisa Park. Maria Luisa Park is the largest green area in Seville and is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of flowers. The garden is beautifully decorated, surrounded by fountains, beautiful pavilions, ornamental ponds and private botanical gardens. In addition, it is a place where you have the opportunity to see green parrots flying freely around the trees.
There are many other places in the capital of Andalusia. This beautiful city is truly a treasure of Spanish culture, history and architecture.