Legend has it that Seville was founded Hercules and its origins linked with the Tartessian civilisation. Under the Romans, it was called Hispalis and the Moors called Seville Isbiliya. However, its high point in its history came after the discovery of America.
Seville is situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir. The Guadalquivir can be navigated from Seville to the river mouth on the Atlantic coast, near Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Historically the port of Seville played an important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas, and today remains one of the most active river ports in the Iberian Peninsula.
Seville is one of the largest historical centres in Europe with the minaret La Giralda, the Cathedral (one of the largest in Christian history), and the Alcázar Palace. Other treasures include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (the historical records of the American Continent are kept here), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest in Spain), as well as many beautiful and historical convents, churches and palaces.
Seville is the administrative capital of Andalucía, the largest town in Southern Spain, and has hosted two international exhibitions, in 1929 and in 1992.
Aside from its important monuments and captivating history, Seville is well known for being a joyous town. The Sevillians are known for their wit and enthusiasm and the city itself is vibrant and striking for its vitality. Seville is the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.
The Sevillians are great actors and dancers and annually put on an exceptional performance at the Fería de Abril, a week-long party of drink, food and dance taking place both day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents. Men parade on their fine horses while the women dance in brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses - A festival not to be missed.
Semana Santa (Holy Week), occurs before the Fería de Abril, and is a religious festival where hooded penitents march in processions followed by huge baroque thrones carrying the images of the Virgin or Christ cheered on by animated crowds. Both of these Spring events are definitely worth experiencing.
The monumental wealth of Seville is second to none. The best way of getting to know this Andalucían city is by strolling through its neighbourhoods. Santa Cruz is part of the Jewish legacy and worth exploring its narrow streets and enjoying the sound of water and gardens where forged steel imitates the natural beauty of flowers and are shady and peaceful. San Lorenzo is imperious and silent. The splendour of the Macarena district is monopolized by its universal Virgin. The María Luisa Park and Sierpes Street are world famous and house the Plaza de España and Plaza de América which were built for the Latin American Exposition of 1929. Triana, just across the river, is the birthplace of flamenco, bullfighting tradition, unique neighbourhood terraces and streets that maintain the flavour of the old suburbs. It’s reflections in the river can be admired from Betis street. Triana is also the home of the ceramic artists.
Triana is also the district to go for good nightlife. Calle Betis, along the waterfront, features a popular strip of trendy bars, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. Around town there are several Disco bars and discotecas with music including Modern Spanish Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Funky, House etc. These can be found in and around the city centre. Two good areas to go are Plaza Alfalfa and Alameda Hercules. In the summer the action moves to the huge clubs along the river by el Puente Alamillo.
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Finally, don't forget that if you are flying into Malaga airport you can pre-book a private taxi or minibus transfer from Malaga airport to Seville online with Malaga Airport Taxi.
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