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A city that stirred Byron with its delicious oranges and beautiful women, charming Seville is said to possess more beautiful monuments than anywhere else in Spain. A city famous for its great lovers and tragic heroes, Seville has been chosen again and again for a suitable setting and backdrop for the great operas by Bizet, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rossini and more. These were the streets that witnessed the seduction of women and the breaking of hearts by Lord Byron’s famous Spanish lover Don Juan.
Seville is an inland city and the capital city of Andalucia. Its once prominent sea port is considerably less prominent since the silting up of its River Guadalquivir.
The occupation of the Moors prior to the eleventh century AD continues to remind people of their participation in the history of Seville. For these Moorish embellishments and architecture it is recommended that you head across to the older parts of the city. The Moors lost their power to Ferdinand III in the thirteenth century.
Seville’s sea port contributed greatly to its affluent catalogue of growth and advancement which was to climax in what is now known as its Golden Age during the sixteenth century. The city which owed much of its wealth to the newly founded New World relied on its Spanish treasure fleets to bring it to its new home. During this time, Seville was so important in Spain that it cast a shadow over all other cities here and possessed a wealth, lifestyle and atmosphere that everyone wanted to be a part of. In the middle of the prosperous seventeenth century, Seville was hit by the Great Plague and immediately dropped from favour. Today Seville continues to hold the original administrative documents of Spain’s officiating of the American colonies.
Navigating the city is easy when you bear in mind it is divided into four distinctive districts, those of the Old City, Isla de la Cartiya, Triana and the Exposition site of 1929. Driving in the medieval city centre can be a chore as the streets are either too narrow for transport or are one-way. Walking is the best way to get about.
Seville has much to offer the most demanding of sightseers. In the Old City, expect to find incredible architecture by way of the Royal Fortress, Seville Cathedral, the Town Hall and much much more. On the Island of Cartiya’s main attraction is that of the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Guevas while the magnificent Expo 92 site showcases the incredible splendour of stunning Seville. The Plaza de Espana marks the Moorish revival in Spanish building design and has been occupied by the government. A popular activity while here is to row a boat around the moat as well as enjoying the Spanish province alcoves that deck the Plaza walls.
Where once stood the city’s mosque was in the 15th century replaced by what was to become Seville’s Cathedral. Famous for possessing the longest nave in all of Spain, the Cathedral’s most impressive feature is its golden interior. The Giralda bell tower which was once the mosque’s minaret is the city’s most recognised emblem and known locally as ‘La Giraldilla’.
Across the road to the magnificent Cathedral is the stunning centuries old Moorish Palace, the Alcazar. Equally enjoyable and scattered about the city (no more than a stone’s throw away from one another) are the sights of the 16th century Plateresque Town Hall (with magnificent Facade of Plaza Nueva) and the formidable Torre del Oro watchtower.
Festivals are a big feature in Seville and the ones to catch include those during Holy Week and the Seville Fair. While the Easter Holy Week proceedings attract international recognition for its colourful processions, the Seville Fair consists of a week of partying day and night in the open air and in tents in traditional dress.
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A reliable bus service runs to and from the airport via Santa Justa Railway Station into Seville every thirty minutes. The fare for this service is 2.30 euros.
If travelling by car, to get to the airport, you will need to take the San Pablo dual carriageway from Seville city centre followed by the A4 motorway towards Madrid. The airport access road is signposted from here.
Taxis are situated outside the terminal building.