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A trip to Spain will be incomplete without visiting Andalusia. And you should start your trip from the enchanting Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Seville is an incredible city with its food scene, enthralling flamenco dances, UNESCO heritage sites, and rich history. Seville casts a spell of enchantment over visitors from the minute they step foot on the quaint cobblestone lanes and stroll the palm-lined promenades. Here are some of the must do things when you visit the city:

Visit the Alcázar Palace

Alcázar Palace
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Located in the heart of Seville, the Real Alcazar is one of the oldest palaces still in use in Europe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site holds the evolution of the city here in its walls, from the Arabic period and Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Baroque period. Originally constructed for King Peter of Castille on the site of a Muslim fortress, the royal family still uses the upper rooms as a personal residence today. You’ll wind your way through a maze of indescribably beautiful tile-covered rooms, chambers, towers, gardens, and at the incredible palace here. The oldest of the rooms, the Sala de los Embajadores (Hall of the Ambassadors) is the most luxuriously decorated room in the palace. It has a splendid stalactitic dome ceiling, with decorative friezes and inscriptions in Arabic script.

Be sure to save plenty of time to explore the gardens. These beautifully manicured grounds are filled with leafy palms, sweet orange trees, and colorful roses. In traditional Andalusian style, courtyards, decorative pools, and refreshing fountains are the centerpieces of the landscaping.

See the Famous Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral
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This enormous structure is like a little world on its own, and you will lose hours staring in awe at its beauty. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Seville Cathedral was once home to a mosque that stood on the site itself. Building of this new cathedral began in the 1400s and wasn’t completed until the 1500s. It’s still the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, and has 80 chapels. The chapels have gold, and priceless works of art by the likes of Goya and Murillo. It’s advised to take your time exploring the church as there really is something to see everywhere, from the patterned floors to the spectacular ceilings and everything in between.

Reminders of that past can be still seen in the Court of the Orange Trees to the north of the cathedral. Once inside, make sure to see the tomb and final resting place of world renowned explorer Christopher Columbus, too.

La Giralda – the adjacent tower and the tallest landmark in Seville – is one of the few remains of the site’s original mosque, which was torn down in 1402. Climb the minaret’s nearly 40 ramps to the very top and take in sweeping views of the city.

See a Flamenco Show

Flamenco Show
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Seville is famous for its flamenco, a flamboyant art form with roots in the Gypsy culture. Flamenco includes both dancing and singing, but most importantly, it is an expression of the soul. The Museo del Baile Flamenco celebrates the beauty of flamenco with exhibits on all aspects of the art: dancing, singing, and guitar. This innovative museum features flamenco costumes, creative video displays, and other educational exhibits.

You can also catch a performance in loads of bars and restaurants but a good option for you to see these shows is at Tablao El Arenal. Here, local musicians give two performances each night while you have a yummy dinner, each performance lasts 90 minutes. During spring and autumn you may catch Penas de Guardia, it is a series of organized shows for locals to showcase their up and coming talent at the art of flamenco. You’ll have a great time.

Eat Tapas

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Forget bar crawling, and instead do a ‘tapas crawl’ in Swville. Seville is home to some of the best tapas bars in Andalucía. Each area of the country has his typical tapas to eat. If you are in Seville there are a couple of them you can’t miss. What’s fun is the way many of these joints will have one or two specialities, so an evening can be a crawl from bar to bar, with something delicious to try at each stop. This can be patatas bravas (spicy potatoes), chipirones (deep-fried baby squid), queso manchego, cured ham, oxtail stew, and prawns with garlic. Coz “Ye dil always mange more.”

Explore Barrio Santa Cruz

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Barrio Santa Cruz is one of the most authentic parts of Seville. This charming neighborhood is one of the most ancient areas of the city. It’s here that the Jewish of Seville used to live. Whitewashed buildings, maze-like streets, and courtyards lined with orange trees – no place really defines Seville charm quite like the streets of the Santa Cruz district.

Look for Calle Agua, the narrow shady alleyway alongside the walls of the Alcázar. It’s so named because of an aqueduct that used to top the palace walls. If you peek through the iron gates of homes here, you can catch a glimpse of flower-covered patios. Keep walking and eventually, you’ll come to the heartbeat of the barrio: Plaza de la Santa Cruz. There used to be a synagogue in this sq

A trip to Spain will be incomplete without visiting Andalusia. And you should start your trip from the enchanting Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Seville is an incredible city with its food scene, enthralling flamenco dances, UNESCO heritage sites, and rich history. Seville casts a spell of enchantment over visitors from the minute they step foot on the quaint cobblestone lanes and stroll the palm-lined promenades. Here are some of the must do things when you visit the city:

Walk the Plaza de España

Plaza de España
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You can’t miss Plaza de Espana when visiting Seville. It’s a colossal monument which was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition and is pretty immense. Created around a semi-circle, the plaza edges onto a canal and is overlooked by a pretty vast curved palace. The shape represents the embrace of Spain and its ancient colonies and it is orientated facing the Guadalquivir River as a path to America. The unique style and the magic atmosphere make Plaza de España an incredible attraction. Here you will find loads of important national figures of Spain as well as information about each of the country’s provinces.

A monumental fountain is a graceful centerpiece of the square, while the peaceful canal is crossed by four footbridges. Take a stroll around the plaza, take in the vibe or even hop on a horse-drawn cart to explore. You can also rent a rowboat for the afternoon to experience the “Venice of Seville”. No doubts, one of the best things to do in Seville is spending a couple of hours in this magnificent square.

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