Seville is one of the largest cities and a major tourist destination in Spain. It is located in the southern part of the country, about 200 kilometers north of Gibraltar. This historic city is sprinkled with many medieval monuments attracting tourists from all over Europe and beyond. A fascinating Old Town with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, warm Spanish hospitality, and warm sunny weather make Seville popular with the visitors. In this blog, we will list 10 of the most popular attractions of Seville that should feature in your must-visit list.
- Casa de Pilatos
The Casa de Pilatos, or Pilate’s House, is the residential palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli. The building is considered to be one of the best examples of Andalusian architecture from the 16th century. It was built in a fusion of Spanish Mudejar and Renaissance Italian styles of architecture. The palace is adorned with a beautiful Renaissance-styled entrance, landscaped gardens, several statues, and a stunningly decorated interior. It is also home to several paintings by famous artists including a series by Goya. Parts of the Hollywood blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia were shot in this house. The Casa de Pilatos is open to the public throughout the year.
- Barrio Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz neighborhood is located to the east of the Seville Old City, on the bank of the Guadalquivir River. The neighborhood was the Jewish quarter of Seville until the 1300s. Narrow streets, cobble stoned alleyways, small plazas, and tiled patios of this quarter is the perfect reflection of a medieval Spanish town. Take a walk along these narrow streets which are often lined with orange trees. If you want to take a break, there are plenty of restaurants and tapas bars to chose from.
- Metropol Parasol
The Metropol Parasol is one of the newer attractions in the city of Seville. It was inaugurated in 2011 in the La Encarnacion Square. Designed by Jurgen Mayer, it is shaped like 6 giant umbrellas and is considered to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The complex is home to an antiquarium, a marketplace, an open air plaza, and a restaurant.
- Maestranza Seville
The Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is a 12,000-person-capacity bullfighting ring building located west of the Seville Cathedral. Construction of this bullring started in 1749, replacing an older rectangular bullfighting arena. However, the present look is from restoration and redesigning done in 1915. The building was made with stone, wood, and bricks, and is a major bullfighting arena of the region. There are bullfights in this arena every Sunday between April and September. There is a museum adjacent to the arena which details the history and tradition of bullfighting in Seville. Regular tours of the arena are also available.
- Plaza de Espana
The Plaza de Espana is a huge square located on the north eastern section of the Maria Luisa Park. It is home to several magnificent buildings that were built in 1928 to showcase the might of Spain for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. These buildings are considered to be some of the finest examples of Regionalism Architecture, which was a fusion of the Spanish, Moorish Revival, and the Renaissance Revival styles. Most of these buildings presently function as government offices and museums. The square has been featured in many movies over the years. Most notable of those are Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
- Parque de Maria Luisa
The Maria Luisa Park is the major green lung of Seville. It was opened in 1911 and presently spreads over 100 acres. Most of these 100 acres were formerly the royal gardens of the Palace of San Telmo. It was donated by the then Duchess of Montpensier in 1893 to be used as a public park. The gardens were subsequently redesigned by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier to give its present look. It is sprinkled with several fountains, ponds, and statues. The Maria Luisa Park not only provides a place to relax, it is also popular for its birds. Swans, ducks, doves, and parrots can be seen all over the park.
- Torre del Oro
Translating to the Tower of Gold, this is one of the most iconic monuments in the city of Seville. It is 12-sided military watchtower that was built on the bank of the River Guadalquivir to protect the city from invaders. It was constructed in 1221. The lime mortar and straw used in the construction created a golden reflection of the tower in the water which prompted its name Torre del Oro. There is a museum inside the tower where visitors can learn more about the history of the tower and how it played a role in protecting the city. It also has a viewing platform with sweeping views of the city.
- El Giralda
The towering El Giralda is a late 12th century bell tower built during the Moorish period. The 104-meter tower is only remaining part of a mosque that was torn down to make way for the neighboring Seville Cathedral. The Moors had built several ramps so that the guards could ride their horses to the top of the tower. Today, tourists use some of those ramps to climb the tower and have panoramic views of Seville. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is capped with a weathervane named El Giraldilo, symbolizing the triumph of faith.
- Alcazar of Seville
The Alcazar of Seville is the oldest royal palace in Europe. It was originally built in the 11th century by the Muslim Moors, but has been redesigned and redecorated a number of times over the centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the finest examples of mudejar style of architecture in this region. The upper levels of the palace are still used by the royal family of Spain. The whole palace complex is certainly one of the most beautiful in the country, making it a must-visit attraction for visiting tourists.
- Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral is one of the most prominent tourists attractions in the city of Seville. This majestic Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world. Although St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is larger, it is not the seat of the Bishop, making it technically a church and not a cathedral. The Seville cathedral was completed in 1506 after a 105-year construction. Parts of the cathedral had to be rebuilt several times over the centuries. Another claim to fame of this cathedral is that it is the burial site of Christopher Columbus, the legendary Italian explorer and navigator. Built in a Gothic style of architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit attraction in Seville.
Originally posted 2017-06-01 05:51:46.