The Moorish Giralda tower seen from the Patio de los Naranjos of Seville Cathedral in April.
Spain's costas are a corrupted, overbuilt and under-cultured mess but the traditional Spanish heart still beats in the southern province of Andalusia, especially in gorgeous Seville, a relaxed, spacious and cultured city that easily absorbs the tourist numbers that descend upon it. This is, without question, Bugbog's favourite Spanish city (though we wouldn't go there in mid summer!).
Seville Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic church.
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Naturally the city's pricey horse carriages are primarily for romantics or extravagant tourists.
Seville's historic centre is large enough to need a few days to explore but small enough to do the exploring on foot, though rental bicycles are a good way to get a broader and faster look.
Ask at hotels (the bugcrew had rentals delivered to the hotel at no extra charge).
Alternatively if you have the time, inclination and a credit card the city offers rental bikes from various automated locations with information in English.
Trams run through the upper corner of the old town but the route is not especially useful for regular tourism. There's also a Metro stop at Puerta de Jerez in the old town which cleverly does not connect with the main Rail Station of Santa Justa. So that's a long walk or a taxi ride then.
A tapas bar in Barrio Santa Cruz.
The bugcrew were generally disappointed by Seville's tapas (snack foods served with drinks). This city is supposed to serve Spain's best tapas but we were rushed and did not check recommended places. Still, we ate tapas for 5 days and thought that Malaga's offerings were much better, probably because the main diners in Malaga are locals but in Seville many are tourists.
Plaza Donna Elvira inside Barrio Santa Cruz, a delightfully labyrinthine old Jewish quarter.
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One of three tiered walkways (paseos) along the bank of the Guadalquivir River.
Plenty of chillout room at the vast, free and gloriously tiled Plaza de España.
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Casa de Pilatos, a Mudejar-Gothic-style museum.
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April's stunning pre-Easter Semana Santa festival, seen in many Spanish cities but best in Seville.
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Don Quixote monitors the walls of the Alcazar Palace and hopes for a royal tip.
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