24 hours in Seville
The stunning Southern Spanish city of Seville is the capital of Andalusia. It is home to flamboyant flamenco, breathtaking architecture from medieval times and a vibrant nightlife. Here is our list of the city's highlights.
1. Visit the Maria Luisa Park & Plaza de España
Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa) is the city's main public green space and is a perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy the pretty grounds, ponds and fountains. Within its boundaries is the Plaza de España, a remarkable building built by Aníbal González for the 1929 Exposición Ibero-Americana (a world fair), which mixes a range of lavish styles.
2. Eat at a tapas bar
Going out for tapas (tapeando) is very popular in Seville so make sure you explore the many bars and restaurants where this delicious snack style food is on offer. Choose from an array of scrumptious options like tender beef and roasted veggies on a stick or sample some chorizo. The tapas bar is a good way to stay full before a late dinner.
3. Check out the Alcázar of Seville
The Alcázar of Seville (Reales Alcázares de Sevilla) is one of the oldest royal palaces still in use in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alcazar is filled with historic significance and fantastic architecture, it is also a beautiful way to spend a morning in Seville.
4. See a flamenco dance
Flamenco dancing is at the beating heart of Andalucia, the music became popular back in the early 19th Century and many top performers came from Seville. The passionate dance performance is accompanied by guitar playing and women in beautiful costumes. You can find many places to watch flamenco dancing from big venue 'tablaos' to smaller intimate shows in bars and cultural centres.
5. Visit a museum or art gallery
Seville has so many museums and art galleries to choose from that it is difficult to know where to go first. If you’re interested in art, try the Fine Art Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes), which has some important works by traditional Spanish artists. Alternatively, browse around the Flamenco Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco), which is a wonderful homage to Flamenco dancing and is located in an eye-catching 18th Century Palace House.
6. See the mighty Seville Cathedral
Completed in the 16th Century as a powerful symbol of Spanish wealth and supremacy, the Seville Cathedral and La Giralda are an astonishing sight. A prime example of Gothic architecture and still one of the largest churches in Europe, the Cathedral is a vision for any visitor.
7. Explore Seville’s nightlife
Seville comes alive at night, with some fantastic nightclubs, tapas bars and of course flamenco shows on offer. The hippest bars and clubs are found in Plaza Alfalfa and along Calle Betis. If you are feeling more cultural head to Seville's Teatro Central theatre for a dazzling show.