When asking us this question, those who already know this Spanish city will tell us, and with good reason, that it is mandatory on your travel list in Spain. Since it is one of the most beautiful cities, due to its climate, the beauty of its streets, the kindness of the Sevillians, its monuments and architecture, its history or simply because of the aroma of jasmine in its squares, the music of the Spanish guitar that is heard in its streets, and others would also tell us that, for its traditions, its festivals and its tapas.
Yes, we have many reasons! Stroll through its neighborhoods, it is a city that lives on the street and in its large spaces. Being a very interesting city, we will mention the iconic places that you should know about Seville.
It is one of the three spaces in Spain declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the oldest palace in use in Europe, its origin is from the 11th century, built by the Muslim authorities as a fortress, protected by a wall in the enclosure, and it is made up of several palaces and gardens.
Several architectural styles coexist in it because it was built in different periods, having stylistic expressions such as Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque.
Gothic in style, it is another of the three monuments declared a World Heritage Site and is also the third largest temple in the world. It was an old mosque and later the largest Gothic cathedral.
Built in the 12th century by the Caliph Abú Yuqub, the minaret that would later become the Giralda was built at that time. In the 12th century, Fernando III of Castilla conquered the city and the mosque became the church of Santa Maria and the city’s cathedral. Fernando III orders the construction of a Royal Chapel where years later he is buried.
In it we see the passage of many centuries of history embodied in its physiognomy, so we can denote the architectural styles that reflect the cultures and religions that inhabited Seville. Its first construction is in the Almohad style, since it was built as a minaret for the city’s mosque.
But in 1356 due to an earthquake it suffered the fall of the bronze spheres. Later it gave rise to the body of Renaissance-style bells, this in the 16th century. At its peak at a height of 104 m you can see a weather vane “El Giraldillo” symbol of Seville.
The General de Indias Archive
Former Merchants Market, it was built in 1572. In the 17th century the second floor and the Oath Cross were built. A century later, when Carlos III chose this building as the headquarters of the General de Indias Archive, other works were carried out, such as the redecoration of the main staircase.
It is a square building with a large central patio. Inside, valuable documents are kept that allow the history of Spain’s relationship with the overseas colonies of America to be recreated.
Plaza de España and Maria Luisa Park
The Plaza de España is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. It houses the “Pabellon de España” in the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Ideal for strolling and enjoying its beauty, around the square there are benches dedicated to each province of Spain.
At the end of the walk through the Plaza de España, it is recommended to cross the street and immerse yourself in the Maria Luisa Park, this being the most important urban park in Seville. Inside you can enjoy wide green spaces with abundant vegetation that form small squares. Here you will find monuments, sculptures and the “Archaeological Museum”.
Barrio de la Triana
It is a very emblematic mystical neighborhood in Seville, thanks to its colorful streets that carry the essence of the city.
Where a visit to the “Castillo de San Jorge”, “El Callejon de la Inquisicion”, and the “Mercado y Puente la Triana” is mandatory, the latter is the one that gives access to the neighborhood.
Metropol Parasol or Setas of Seville
It is a practically new construction that was inaugurated in 2011, since it looks like a sculpture that you can live with, it has already become one of the most visited icons in the city. It is a 26 m high wooden structure with an organic shape. It can be located in Plaza Encarnacion.
It was built with the purpose of giving space to culture in the center of the city and renovating the “Plaza Encarnacion”, giving shade to a recreational space. The main square has capacity for large events and in the basement houses a museum with ruins from Roman times, the “Antiquarium”. Also here you can find the “Encarnacion Market” where you can enjoy the local cuisine.
Seville Bellas Artes Museum
Here you will find one of the most important art galleries in the country. The convent of La Merced gives rise to this museum and to all the pictorial work it houses, mainly Sevillian baroque by artists such as Zurbaran, Murillo and Valdes de Leal.
Plaza de San Francisco
It has always been one of the nerve centers of Seville, when passing through it we recommend you enjoy the beauty of its buildings such as “La Antigua Audiencia”, the “Laredo” building or the rear facade of the “City Hall.” de Leal.
Italica Archaeological Set
It can be found in Santiponce, just 7 km from Seville, it is a place where you can see the remains of the most beautiful Roman footprints in Spain. It was one of the most important cities of Hispania.
There are few places like Seville to enjoy this art declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Tablaos and peñas abound with shows in the neighborhoods of Arenal, Santa Cruz and Triana. Likewise, every September Seville celebrates a famous festival in which important flamenco artists participate.
As this city is lived in its neighborhoods, you can walk through its streets and in them experience its gastronomic culture, such as eating the marinated fish, the montaditos, its typical snails accompanied by a fino, which is a white wine, or a manzanilla which is a sweet wine, now if you prefer it can be a cold beer.
With this flavor of party, flamenco, tapas, history, buildings that reflect the history of this Spanish city, we can now plan our visit to this beautiful place.