Seville Pictures, Andalucia, Spain

The Giralda tower seen from the Patio de los Naranjos of Seville Cathedral, Andalusia, Spain

The Moorish Giralda tower seen from the Patio de los Naranjos of Seville Cathedral in April.

Why Seville?

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! ).

Barrio Santa Cruz pictures, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Plaza Donna Elvira inside Barrio Santa Cruz, a delightfully labyrinthine old Jewish quarter.

Seville Attractions

Walking beside the Guadalquivir River, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

One of three tiered walkways (paseos) along the bank of the Guadalquivir River.

Seville Cathedral and many horse carriages, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Seville Cathedral (and taxis), the world’s largest Gothic church.

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.

Casa de Pilatos pictures, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Casa de Pilatos, a Mudejar-Gothic-style museum.

More Seville attractions

Plaza de Espana alcove and girls, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Plenty of chillout room at the vast, free and gloriously tiled Plaza de España

A Don Quixote 'living statue' monitors the walls of the Alcazar Palace, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Don Quixote monitors the walls of the Alcazar Palace and hopes for a royal tip.

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.

Hooded Nazarenos at night with candles, Semana Santa, Seville, Spain

April’s stunning pre-Easter Semana Santa festival, seen in many Spanish cities but best in Seville.