As soon as the days begin to lengthen and temperatures become more mild, makes the head want to plan a weekend break to discover the most beautiful european cities such as Seville, the vibrant capital of Andalusia.
This city offers many must-see attractions like theAlcazar, a magnificent royal palace that seems to come from the book of fairy tales “thousand and one night”, and the Cathedral with the Giralda, its bell tower a time the minaret, which testify to his being suspended between the arab world and the west.
Seville, however, is not a city that looks only to its glorious past but also think of the future as evidenced by the Metropol Parasol , or the guest house de Sevilla, a modern and mastodotica work that still divides public opinion.
The capital of Andalusia, it is also the perfect place to enjoy an early spring walk in the beautiful María Luisa Park , which surrounds the spectacular Plaza de España, a work that symbolizes the glories of the past of this city.
And, also, can enjoy the spirit of lively Seville, visiting the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the oldest neighborhood, perfect place to enjoy tapas at sunset.
Here’s what to see during a holiday in Seville:
- The Alcazàr
- The Cathedral and the Giralda
- Metropol Parasol
- The park of María Luisa and Plaza de España
- Barrio de Santa Cruz
- Useful tips for organising the trip
1 – The Alcazàr, a royal palace from the thousand and one nights
Among the main attractions to see in Seville , there is the‘Alcazàr, it is a beautiful residence declared a World Heritage by Unesco and built in the mudejar style, that is, the architectural current that developed in Spain after the end of the arab domination.
The building of the Alcazàr of Seville, which is still used today by the Spanish royal family during travel in this city, began in 1300 and in the course of the centuries the original structure has expanded with the addition of new areas, friezes, decorations and its fantastic gardens.
The gardens of the Alcazàr of Seville are, in fact, considered among the most beautiful of Spain, a sort of paradise on earth characterized by the presence of trickling fountains and lush vegetation, consisting mainly of palm trees and citrus trees.
- Useful information: to access the Alcazàr of Seville it is necessary to pay an entrance ticket cost 12.50 euros, children up to 16 years free of charge.
2 – the Cathedral and The Giralda, unique and majestic
Another must-see attraction to visit during a weekend in Seville is its Cathedral and the Giralda, the bell tower that dominates its 63 meters tall and which was originally the minaret of the Mosque, Mayor, was demolished in the FIFTEENTH century, after the reconquest of the city by the christians.
The Cathedral of Seville, the perfect fusion of gothic and renaissance style, is one of the largest christian places of worship in the world after the Basilica of St. Peter, and is included among the Unesco world Heritage site.
- Useful information: The Cathedral of Seville can be visited on Monday from 11.00 to 15.30, Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 17.00 and Sunday from 14.30 to 18.00. The cost of the ticket of admission is equal to 9 euro, reduced ticket prices for pensioners and students up to 25 years costs 4 euros, while children up to 14 years are free of charge.
3 – Metropol Parasol, past and future
The Metropol Parasol , or the guest house de Sevilla, a multipurpose structure designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in 2011, is certainly another attraction to see in Seville, above all, to form your own opinion saw the heated debate that has sparked. Many maintain that this is a gigantic structure characterized by a wooden roof in the shape of a honeycomb structure, an eyesore to others, however, consider it iconic and a source of pride for the city.
The Metropol Parasol has been made to redevelop the Plaza de la Encarnaciòn, a focal point of the city that for centuries has hosted its main agricultural market and has a vast food market, an Archaeological Museum, a gift shop, the official of the city from the mirador built on the roof of the building you can admire the most beautiful views of Seville.
- Useful information: you can access the Mirador guest house de Sevilla from Sunday to Thursday from 9.30 to 22.30, from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 to 23.30, the ticket costs 3 euros, while children up to the age of 5 are free.
4 – the Park of María Luisa and Plaza de España and its secrets
After a visit to the main attractions, architectural and religious of Seville, treat yourself to a relaxing walk in the fantastic Park of María Luisa, a huge green area that inside it hides a wonderful surprise, the incredible Plaza de España.
The Maria Luisa Park in Seville was built in the late Nineteenth century at the request of the Duke of Montpellier and just a few decades after his wife Maria Luisa of Bourbon donated in part to the city.
In the early decades of the Twentieth century, the park was fenced completely and the inside was included the Plaza de España, the most impressive and expensive built in Seville for theiberoamerican Exposition of 1929. This square, built according to the moorish-style architecture and adorned with marble and ceramics occupies a space of 50,000 square meters and is crossed by a long channel more than 500 meters, looks toward the Guadalquivir river, the road to get to America, and symbolizes theembrace to the colonies.
A visit to the Maria Luisa Park in Seville is not only an opportunity to admire the beauty and the majesty of Plaza de España but, this green oasis is home to several species of plants from all over the world, enchanted artificial lakes and statues dedicated to important artists such as Cervantes and Becquer breakfasts.
- Useful information: the María Luisa Park is open every day from 9.00 to 22.00 and the access is free of charge.
5 – Barrio de Santa Cruz, the heart of the most picturesque
During a break in Seville is, also, not to be missed a walk to discover the Barrio Santa Cruz , or Judería, as was at one time a jewish quarter.
The Barrio de Santa Cruz is the most ancient and picturesque part of the city, here is a succession of suggestive narrow streets, alleys, squares and corners which overlook the white houses built in typical andalusian style with multitudes of colorful flowers.
The points of main interest of the Barrio Santa Cruz, besides the Cathedral and the Alcazar are also the Plaza de Santa Cruz where you placed a cross in wrought iron, dating from 1692 and the’Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes.
This picturesque district is also the ideal place to buy souvenirs and taste delicious tapas.
Useful tips for organizing a trip to Seville
Discover information and tips to organise your break to Seville, including the restaurants and hotels where to stay.
The climate of Seville is mediterranean, characterized by springs and, especially, the summers hot.
Autumn and winter are the two seasons are very mild, with minimum temperatures never drop below 5 degrees, and the maximum that can reach 15 degrees, in spring there are often rainy days or windy, but between April and may, you can already register 30 degrees.
If you don’t like the heat, so, the best time to visit Seville is from September to march.
What to eat in Seville
The typical cuisine of Seville offers dishes based on fish and meat seasoned with a skillful use of spices, a legacy of the arab period of the city.
Among the main dishes enjoyed during a weekend in Seville, there are the pinchos morunos (skewers of meat, and very spicy, the pescado frito fish, mixed fried, the pipirrana de pulpo , an octopus flavoured with black olives and cocido andaluz, a dish of chickpeas and other vegetables, and the ubiquitous tapas.
The bar is best, where you can relax tasting delicious tapas are found in the districts of Santa Cruz, Triana and the Macarena.
Where to eat in Seville
A local captive during a break in Seville, El Rinconcillo, a bar with nearly 350 years of history where you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of other times and enjoyed excellent tapas.
If, instead, you want to give you a lunch or a dinner in a restaurant where tradition and modernity blend seamlessly booked at the Mirador San Fernando, where the chef proposes typical dishes with a touch of originality. In the summer you can also eat in the charming patio.
Where to sleep in Sevilla
During a weekend in Seville, the council is to choose hotels located in the town center to fully immerse yourself in the picturesque atmosphere of this city. L‘Hotel Don Paco, for example, is a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral it offers spacious and modern rooms and a fantastic terrace where you can enjoy the mild climate of Seville, admiring a breathtaking panorama. This hotel features a buffet restaurant, where are served typical and international dishes, to satisfy every desire and need.