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Beautiful Seville has had assorted rulers throughout history, including the Romans and the Moors, yet the official motto of its citizens has nevertheless remained "no me ha dejado", i.e. "it (the city) has not abandoned me"!

The monumental wealth of Seville is second to none and the best way of getting to know the heritage of this Andalucían city is by strolling through its striking colourful neighbourhoods. Aside from its important monuments and captivating history, Seville is the renowned birthplace of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro, as well as a vibrant home of numerous friendly people, well-known for their wit, enthusiasm and genuinely welcoming nature. Thus do not longer delay, but rather rush to explore, feel and stay, and fill your spirit to the brim inside Seville’s fabulous historical rim!


Founded on Hercules Shoulders, Spurred by Columbus Stumble

The mythological founder of the city is Hercules (Heracles), who the myth says sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar to the Atlantic and founded trading posts at the current sites of Seville.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has one of the largest historical centres in Europe and a rich Moorish heritage. The city used to be one of the most prosperous ports that carried out trade with the Americas in 15th and 16th century, and streets and squares in the historic quarter of this grand capital of Andalusia have remained lively and busy ever since. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation and many districts full of distinctive traditional culture.

Key Things To Check Out

Glorious Kingdoms, Caliphates and Dynasties

Many notable civilisations have come and gone through the city of Seville. The Tartessians founded Hispalis, the Romans built the famous Itálica next to it in 207 BC, and the Moors left permanent imprints on the city, ruling from 711 to 1248 AD. The years of highest splendour in Seville however happened after the discovery of America. During the 16th and 17th century its port was one of the most important in Spain, because it had the monopoly of the foreign trade by sea. Thanks to the trade carried out during that period in Seville, many exceptional mansions, stately homes, churches and convents were built.

When to Visit

Enchanting and Dazzling in Spring as well as Summer

There is no better way to get to know the Andalusians than through their many and fascinating traditional festivals, and Seville is no exception. The local fiesta is the moment when every town and village strives to put on a splendid show, not only for themselves but also for those who come from afar to admire and enjoy. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalusia, including fairs, pilgrimages and carnivals, mock battles between Moors and Christians and religious processions.

Key Events

Key Events in Seville

Slice of Nostalgia

The Golden Age

Following the 1492 Christopher Columbus expedition to the New World, the results from his claiming territory and trade for the Crown of Castile (incipient Spain) in the West Indies began to profit the city. A “golden age of development” commenced in Seville due to its being the only port awarded the royal monopoly for trade with the growing Spanish colonies in the Americas and the influx of riches from them. Merchants from Europe and other trade centers needed to go to Seville to acquire New World trade goods, so the city’s population grew to more than a hundred thousand people.

What to do

What to do in Seville?

Seville is a prominent business and service centre in the south of Spain and has many hotels distributed all over the city, which enable visitors to discover its endless attractions. Museums and art centres, theme parks, cinemas, theatres and clubs are some of the many leisure options that a great city like Seville holds. Without forgetting, of course, the numerous terraces, inns and bars where visitors can practise one of the most deeply-rooted and tasty traditions in the city: going out for tapas!

Local Flavours

Tapas, Treats for the Palate

    The best place to taste the typical food in Seville is probably in the bars in the historic quarter and in the districts of Triana and La Macarena, where you can enjoy a range of delicious tapas. There is a wide variety of tapas available, but whatever you choose, we recommend washing it down with a cold beer or sherries like Fino and Manzanilla.

  • Olives

    Andalusia is the world’s largest producer of olive oil and its flavour is basic to the region’s cooking. Olive oil feasting starts even at breakfast, when toasted bread is drizzled in virgin oil to savour it with a morning cup of coffee.
  • Shellfish

    The consumption of shellfish in Andalusia is rather high and includes: white shrimp, prawns, murex, baby squid, cuttlefish, various crabs etc. Andalusian cuisine includes also some unusual seafood like ortiguillas, i.e. sea anemones in batter.
  • Almonds

    Almond trees and the nuts they bear are an integral part of life in Andalusia. The countryside is dotted with almond groves, therefore kitchens throughout the region make use of creamy almonds for soups, meat dishes, pastries and seasonal treats.
Local Cousine

Traditional Recipes of Multicultural Origins

This historic city attracts food-lovers from all over the world, as it is where the tapa (small plate of food) was invented after all. You’re never far from an excellent meal, whether tapas or large plates to share (raciones) in a traditional tiled bar or a modern gastro joint. Seville is famous for its cuisine, boasting superb seafood platters next to traditional recipes of multicultural origins, so it’s always worth checking the menu or blackboard for specials of the day.

Where to Stay?

Top-Notch Lodging

Seville’s hotel capacity is exemplary, as it has almost 10,000 hotel beds distributed among five and four-star hotels, and around 3,500 units in three star hotels. However, it’s a city of beautifully diverse neighbourhoods and narrow alleyways lined with glorious old palaces and stunning plazas. With so many to choose from, it won’t be difficult to find accommodation in the centre of the city, but if you’re looking for a less busy, quieter getaway, stay in districts situated more towards the outskirts of the city.

How to Get There?

Welcoming City

  • Plane
    Seville Airport is a modern international airport located just a few kilometres outside the city’s centre. It is the sixth busiest inland airport in Spain, with flight connections to about 40 destinations around Europe and Northern Africa and more than four million passengers yearly.
  • Car
    An extensive road network of motorways and dual carriageways makes Seville easily reachable from any point on the peninsula and from other cities of European mainland.
  • Railroad
    The Santa Justa Train Station, a part of the network of high-speed rail serving 18 major cities in Spain, links Seville to Madrid with AVE high-speed train in little over two hours. There is also a five-line commuter rail service that joins the city with its Metropolitan area.
  • Ship
    Seville is the only commercial river port of Spain and the only inland city in the country where cruise ships can arrive in the historical centre.

Tips & Hints

What to know before you go?

The Tripwolf Sevilla travel guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and all the content and features of this travel guide can be used offline with no restrictions. Thanks to the offline maps, you can find your way around whenever you are and also use the relevant subway map in the app itself.

The best way to see Seville is from the tower of Seville Cathedral, the most emblematic lookout of the city – the Giralda. Intuitive and easy to use, the application shows you information about the most attractive places and monuments of this city through simply enlarging the image with your fingers and tapping on points of interest and their labels.

Seville is a city of opera, so maybe you would like to explore the city in an original way and learn more about it. Take a look at the five options for sightseeing itineraries available at the official pages of the National Tourist Board of Spain. These itineraries are not guided tours, but ideas for routes to do at your own pace. However, the associations of guides in Seville have information about the routes, and can be engaged to lead visits in a variety of languages.

The Sevici community bicycle programme has integrated bicycles into the public transport network and bicycles are now available for hire around the city at low cost. Green bicycle lanes can be seen on most major streets and the number of people using bicycles as a means of transport in Seville has increased substantially in recent years.

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