Sevilla is a good choice for those who want to get a good break from a hectic week. It is the capital of Andalucia and a major commercial and cultural hub. It has many attractions, including its two national pastimes – bullfighting and flamenco and – as well as architectural gems, excellent cuisine, and colorful fiestas.
If you are a first timer, experiencing a weekend in Sevilla can be unforgettable, with all the food, museums, theater, sights, etc. to enjoy. Here some reasons why you should spend a short break in this Andalucian city:
Bullfight. This controversial showdown between man and beast is considered an art by many in Sevilla and the rest of Spain. The city houses one of the oldest bullrings in the country, dating to the 1700s. The bullfight season starts from April and ends in October, with most spectacles happening on Sunday evenings.
Flamenco. Flamenco is also a popular attraction in Sevilla. Enjoy this traditional and sensual dance and guitar performance at one of the city’s numerous tablaos. Some venues can be quite touristy and they usually serve drink only, not dinner.
Casa de Pilatos. It is called as such because it is thought to resemble Pontius Pilate’s home in Jerusalem. This architecture remains one of the finest palaces in all of Sevilla. Greek and Roman statues as well as a Genoan fountain are on display inside the palace.
Reales Alcazares. This Mujedar palace, constructed from 1364 to 1666, is certainly a gem with gilded wood domes, complicatedly decorated horseshoe arches, beautiful terraces, lush gardens with fountains, and a number of exquisite patios that feature intricate plasterwork decoration and carving.
Cathedral and La Giralda. Claimed to be the largest Gothic architecture in the planet and the third-largest church in Europe, this ginormous structure was constructed around 1400 and finished around 1500. It was built on the site of a 12th-century mosque. The challenging climb up Giralda Tower will give you magnificent views of Sevilla. The Patio de los Naranjos is a lovely place to rest.
Barrio de Santa Cruz. The old Jewish quarter is the heart of Sevilla and where many of the main sights are located. A walk around the labyrinth of whitewashed streets merits at least a few hours, admiring the many churches, leafy patios and relaxing at one of the many cafes and tapas bars.