Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, there is no doubt about it; but it isn’t just its ideal geographical position that makes it special, its culture and history are unique as well. And for a true feel of Spain’s complex culture, you have to visit Seville, the largest province in the autonomous community that is Andalusia. Now if you plan on vacationing for a longer time in Spain, visiting the numerous attractions of Andalusia is a great idea, but if time is short, there is plenty to do in Seville alone. Not only will you enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean climate, but the wonderful gastronomy inspired by it as well.
European and African Influences
Seville’s intriguing history and culture make it one of the most unique places in Europe; here you can discover some of the most evident traces of Spain’s invasion and rule by the Moors in medieval times, and this is most evident in architecture. However, to start things at the beginning, the first thing you need to do here is visit the Plaza de Espana, built in 1929, and a unique piece of architecture; with its two 80 meter tall towers and long gallery of arches, this is a great spot to take photos. Star Wars buffs may be interested to know that shots of Princess Leia strolling here were taken, so perhaps some Cos-play is in order! Since were were mentioning the Moorish influences here, your next visit should be paid to Alcazar, a wonderful example of architecture, where the European and Islamic styles meet; more precisely, Moorish and Spanish Christian architecture, found both in the construction of the building, and the layout of the gardens.
If you want to take a historic stroll, Barrio Santa Cruz is right next to Alcazar, and it takes you near some of the most important buildings in the region. Just a quick detour and you arrive at Jardines de Murillo, and to the wonderful Santa Maria la Blanca. Narrow, sinewy streets define this neighborhood, which used to be an old Jewish quarter. Orange trees and jasmine flowers give this area an exquisite perfume which, along with historic buildings like the Baroque palace, the House of Murillo, or the Plaza de Dona Elvira, will make it unforgettable for you.
Other important buildings that you can visit in this wonderful, sunny region are the Seville Cathedral, or the Giralda Tower, which was initially intended as a minaret for a mosque, but is nowadays used as a bell tower. To get an even more comprehensive feel of this region’s culture, visit Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus, and experience the joy and passion of flamenco music and dancing. Similar experiences can be had at the Sala Sentir Flamenco or La Casa del Flamenco Auditorio Alcantara. Try the local foods, engage the locals in conversation, and be open to new experiences!