Sevilla – A city of history, culture, and heritage

Language:   Spanish

Currency: EUR

Sales Tax: 21%

Sevilla (also known as Seville in English) is located in Spain’s southern Andalusia region. It is the fourth largest city in Spain and offers travelers an assortment of activities in and around it. Over 2 million people visit the Sevilla province each year with many of those tourists heading to the city of the same name for fun and excitement.

The city is enchanting with its beautiful streets and palm trees that dot it. Sevilla has an atmosphere far different from the other big cities of Spain. History buffs and sightseers will find a nearly endless array of landmarks to visit including the Catedral de Sevilla, Acuario Sevilla, and the Real Alcazar.

Petrolheads will find a driving experience at the Circuito Monteblanco, to rival Europe’s other racetracks. Sevilla is also home to the Museo de Carruajes de Sevilla. It is a fantastic museum filled with horse-drawn carriages from a bygone era. They may not have had motors, but they still make for a great sight to see.

Cuisine

Carrillada de cerdo

Local Favorite: Carrillada de cerdo

Seville is well-known for its tapas bars and restaurants. So, when out on the town, tapas bar hopping, be sure to order up a dish of Carrillada de cerdo. Carrillada de cerdo are pork cheeks made by stewing the meat in a wine reduction. Other ingredients may be added to the meat to add flavor. Pork cheek is a rather lean cut of meat compared to other pork products. It is believed carrillada de cerdo is a more recent addition to local menus, possibly first being served up in the late 1970s. With a wide variety of tapas bars serving it, you can explore the city in an attempt to find the best recipe.

Landmarks

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Catedral de Sevilla

Catedral de Sevilla

La Giralda

La Giralda

Torre del Oro

Torre del Oro

Puente de Triana

Puente de Triana

Basílica de la Macarena

Basílica de la Macarena

Sevilla Tower

Sevilla Tower

Top Tourist Attractions

Catedral de Sevilla

The Catedral de Sevilla is an amazing sight and a must-see for any tourist. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest gothic cathedral built in Christendom. The church was built on the site of an old mosque between 1402 and 1506. The large cathedral is intimidating and awe-inspiring. The art and statues on the inside are just as worthy of seeing as the outside.

Metropol Parasol

Located in the old quarter, the Metropol Parasol is a structure made up of six wooden parasols that form a large mushroom shape. Tourists will find the Antiquarium, Central Market, and a restaurant located at the venue. There is a panoramic terrace located on levels two and three of the Metropol Parasol. Visitors will find some of the most amazing views of Sevilla’s downtown while sitting on the terrace.

Circuito Monteblanco

The Monteblanco Racetrack is located less than an hour outside of Sevilla. Monteblanco’s Formula GT driving experience gives petrolheads the chance to get behind the wheel of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche supercars. Drivers will speed around the 1.6-mile Monteblanco Racetrack and take on its twists and turns. The experience is carefully monitored by a highly knowledgeable instructor sitting next to the participant. Petrolheads will get expert advice from the instructors as they burn rubber around the racetrack.

Plaza de Espana

The Plaza de Espana is situated in the Parque de Maria Luisa. The plaza is famous for its architecture which mixes several styles into one. Built in 1928, the plaza provides walkers with a beautiful place to stretch their legs on sunny days. Visitors can also take a boat ride on the canal right by the Plaza de Espana to get breathtaking views of the building.

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Many of the buildings in the park are used by government officials. The media have also used it for films, and numerous television shows have been shot in the Plaza de Espana. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones had scenes shot at the plaza.

Acuario Sevilla

Opened in 2014, the Acuario Sevilla, or Sevilla Aquarium, cost more than €8 million to build. Inside, visitors will find 35 tanks and more than 7,000 fish, reptiles, and sea animals. The most popular attraction is the one housing the aquarium’s bull sharks. Visitors can view the sharks via a walk-through glass tunnel that allows the two dangerous animals to swim around them. The aquarium is organized around Ferdinand Magellan’s famous circumnavigation of 1519. Visitors will be taken around the globe to see some amazing creatures.

Real Alcazar

A former Moorish medieval fortress, the Real Alcazar is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site today. It was built in the 10th century. The Alcazar is a wonderful example of Arab-Islamic architecture. Its high dome ceiling, ornate friezes, and carved scriptures offer a fascinating historical look into Sevilla’s Moorish past. The gardens are glorious and provide visitors with a chance to explore manicured courtyards with fantastic fountains all around them.

Sevilla is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. From its history as a Moorish stronghold to its Christian cathedral, Sevilla has a brilliant past and beautiful architecture to explore. Given its unique set of attractions, Sevilla is an excellent option for anyone who’s visiting Spain to consider.


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