Introducing the city

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About Seville

Home to Flamenco dancing, outstanding tapas, bullfighting and more, Seville offers a cultural insight into the 'old Spain' with Moorish architecture and absorbing attractions lining its cobbled streets.

“Seville is a pleasant city, famous for oranges and women”, wrote the poet Lord Byron. Well we can tell you this city has some pretty big bulls too, given the fact it’s the home of bullfighting. With a population of just over 700,000, Seville is the fourth largest city in the country, yet is considered by many as the embodiment of old Spain with hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to experience a true taste of Spanish culture in the capital of Andalucía.

A deep, delightful sense of history can be seen when walking the winding streets lined with ancient Moorish architecture and postcard-friendly monuments like the Real Alcázar and La Giraldar. It’s a city that engrains itself in your sensory memory because of the sight and smell of orange groves alongside most of its avenues, and the intense hazy heat of its summers. Seville is also famous for greats like Carmen, Figaro and Don Juan as well as the birthplace of Flamenco and some of the best traditional tapas in the world. It’s safe to say Lord Byron has underrated this Spanish gem.

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When Should You Visit?

Early autumn is the best time to visit when the heat is more bearable than in the summer and evenings are comfortably cool.

With a Mediterranean climate, Seville experiences hot summers and mild winters. Heavy storms are common in early spring while the end of autumn and winter also see plenty of rainfall. July and August are the hottest months and summer can see temperatures regularly reach the mid 30’s. The heat in early autumn can reach nearly 30 degrees Celsius where as January can hit temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius and never drops below freezing.

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Travioor top tips

Sevilla Card
Scooters
Tapas

Insider Info

  • Purchase a Sevilla Card when you arrive which will get you free admission to many of the city’s monuments and museums, unlimited use of the public transport and sightseeing buses, a guided visit of the Real Alcazar and a ton of discounts in shops and restaurants.

  • If you want to explore the city at your own pace, scooters are a cheap and efficient way to get around and a driver’s license isn’t necessary.

  • The cost of living in Seville is lower than in other cities throughout Europe. To eat on the cheap, Seville is one of the most established cities in Spain for producing some of the best tapas dishes. And what’s even better is they won’t break the bank. Look out for local hotspots rather than big tourist-riddled restaurants.

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Food and drink

Main Course £7.91 | 9.00 €

3-Course Meal £26.37 | 30.00 €

Cappuccino £1.13 | 1.29 €

Beer £1.32 | 1.50 €

The Scene

Original tapas is best enjoyed in Seville where you can find everything from local favourites like tortilla de patatas (a quiche-like potato dish) to options for the brave like rabo el toro (bull's tail). Head for one of the oldest tapas bars in Seville called El Rinconcillo or other hotspots such as La Manzanilla and Taberna Coloniales. Aside from the delicious tapas, olive oil is used in many dishes as Andalucia is the largest exporter of it in the world. Plus, you’d better make room for dessert with specialities like churros y chocolate (sugary fried dough with a chocolate dipping sauce) on most local menus. You can wash all the tasty treats down with the locally brewed beer Cruzcampo or a glass of vino del verano (red wine, Sprite and lemon).

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History

Seville’s Story

Legend tells us Hercules founded this fascinating city, yet historians will argue the Tartessian culture was the first to enter what is now known as Seville. Later, the Romans began creating the city - introducing roads and aqueducts - over some six centuries. After the Moslem civilisation made a significant impact across nearly 800 years between 711 – 1492, until the Moslem kingdom of Granada was conquered by the Catholic monarchs. This era saw beautiful Moorish architecture sweep the city and the creation of historic buildings such as the Alcazar and Torre Del Oro which still stand as popular tourist attractions today.

The Christians followed by bringing prosperity and a period of expansion which resulted in Seville becoming one of the most affluent cities in Europe. However, many wars and battles were to follow and by the 18th century, the whole country was in economic decline. More recently in 1980, Seville was named capital of Andalucía and Felipe González, a Sevillano, became prime minister of Spain. Tourism was then boosted by the Expo 92 international exhibition which welcomed millions of visitors to the city. Now Seville is firmly on the map as a top Spanish destination.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gracias | Thank you

Spanish

The official language in Seville is Spanish and although you may find English is understood in many of the main tourist areas with most menus complete with translations, less people speak it here than in other major cities in Spain so it’s useful to learn the basics:

  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Disculpe
  • Do you speak English?: Habla usted Inglés?

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Need to know

+34 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Tipping isn’t expected but 5-10% is usually given in more formal eateries.
  • The fairly new Metro is usually very reliable and a cheap way to travel from A to B.
  • Madrid is only 2.5 hours away by train.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Spain here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Jewish Quarter

Wander the cobblestone streets of the Jewish Quarter and beyond.

2. The Culture

Visit the historic attractions and museums like the Real Alcázar, Cathedral of Seville and Museo de Bellas Artes.

3. La Giralda

Experience great city views from La Giralda – a stunning minaret tower.

4. Plaza de Toros

Head for The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza if you’re here during bullfighting season.

5. Flamenco

Enjoy an evening of Flamenco music and dance accompanied by tapas and wine.


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