Seville

Seville

Things to do - general

 

Experience the most beautiful metropolis of Andalusia and one of the most enchanting cities of Spain!

Seville is unique culture and pure lust for life likewise and best reflects the fusion of tradition and modernity of andalusian cities. The capital of Andalusia is characterized by the influences of different cultures, from the beginning of the Phoenicians over the spread of the Roman Empire and the Moorish reign up to the recapture by the christians.

This legacy still characterizes the townscape of Seville: labyrinths of narrow alleys in the old town known as casco antiguo, great cultural and historical sites such as the cathedral with the moorish minarett called Giralda, the Torre del Oro or the Reales Alcáceres, as well as citations of modern architecture make a visit of this city an unforgettable experience.

The name of Seville evokes inevitably thoughts of gipsy dresses and flamenco guitars, the Manzanilla called typical cider and never-ending sunshine. Likewise, the solemnity of the baroque Andalusia which gives the Holy Week (Semana Santa) its deeper meaning.

But Seville offers much more than the typical postcard idyll for which it was well-known. In the last two decades the southern spanish metropolis has managed to re-invent itself without loosing its essential andalusian flair.

Due to impressive art treasures and long-lasting traditions as well as the extraordinary mild climate, Seville is considered to be Spain’s cultural destination per se and a must-see for Spain enthusiasts!

 

Country Spain, Andalusia
Languages spokenSpanish
CurrencyEuro
Area (km2)142

Sports & nature

The range of sport and leisure activities in Seville is outstanding for a city of this size. The favorable climatic circumstances provide excellent conditions for outdoor activities.
In th recent years particularly jogging and Nordic Walking came into fashion, especially in the parks and along the riverbanks.
On the other side the bycicle becomes more and more popular; until a few years ago considered as a pure sports utensil, it is nowadays used increasingly as a means of transport, particularly because of the expansion of the bikeway network. Cycleways are spread all over the city and even up into the countryside. Anyway, Seville is ideally suited for cycling: The city is not to large and there are few climbs.
For those who don't have their own bike, they can rent one at one of the many bike rentals. But the easiest way is to buy a day or week ticket for the so-called city bikes, with which it is possible to pick up and park the bycicles after use at touristic relevant sites.
On the riverside there boat rentals, where you can rent from simple pedal over kayaks to rowboats (those only with capability proof).
Rather less heady is the range of public swimming pools, a disadvantage especially in the hot summer months. Swimming pools are often residential facilities or private as a rule.

Nightlife

Seville in general is a very lively, cheerful and life-affirming city. Life takes place primarily on the streets, either to eat at one of the countless Tapas bars or for the first beer before night really begins.
Seville is characterized by a wide range of cultural facilities and an exhilarating nightlife. Anyway, you should remember that the rhythm of life in Southern Spain is completely different than in northern European cultures. This is particularly noticeable in the hot summer months, when the day is divided due to the siesta into two parts. During this break, which will be held after the meal, most of the shops are closed and the streets are almost deserted. Then, after the rest the city picks up pace slowly. Not before the evening hours and even up into the first hours of the night the Sevillans do not dinner. After that, however, the "party" really begins.
Nightlife begins in one of the uncountable bars, many of which offer live music (especially Flamenco). The best establishments you can find in the center of the city, in the areas of Alameda de Hércules, Alfalfa and El Arenal as well as the neighborhood located on the opposite side of the river called Triana.
During the summer months there are also some open-air terraces along the riverside. Bars are usually open until well after midnight. Then the nightlife goes on in the discotheques, which are spread all over the city. Some of them open their doors not until the early morning for the afterhours.
Also Culture lovers will enjoy Seville: Since the Expo 1992 Seville has a very ambitious opera house, the Teatro de la Maestranza, as well as some alternative fringe-theatres.
On the other hand the so-called Botellón has become a problem for residents.
Equipped with maxi bottles of beer, Coke, wine and hard spirits, hundreds of adolescents get tide in public places. By the way the car stereo at full volume and noisy partying.

Culture and History

The origines of Sevilla dates back to the colonisation by the phoenician and tartessians around 1000 B.C. Their settlement on the banks of the river Guadalquivir enabled the rapid economic growth of the valley and its surroundings.

Around 45 B.C . Seville became a Roman colony called Hispalis which existed until the conquest by the Moors in 712. The Arab culture is regarded as the most influential in history and still dominates the cityscape.
The name Hispalis has been renamed into the Arabic Isbiliyya from which, after the Reconquista (reconquest) by the Catholic Monarchs in 1248 the present name Sevilla was derived.

Thus, in Sevilla different cultures have left their mark, noticeable especially in the Old Town (Casco Antiguo).
The Christian cathedral of the 15th century was built on the foundations of the former Moorish mosque, whereas the former Minaret, known today as Giralda was converted into a bell tower.

Also the Torre del Oro right by the riverbank and the Reales Alcáceres show the influence of Moorish architecture.
International economic importance got the city in the 16th and 17th centuries, when Seville was the main trading center of the Spanish maritime trade and the center of the Spanish art trading.

Seville was the site of two World's Fairs in the 20th century, the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 , which left it's mark by the majestic Plaza de España and the Universal Expo of 1992, which helped the city to arrive definitely in the cultural presence.

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