A centre of culture, history, fiesta and food in the heart of Andalucia. Seville is a cocktail of Moorish and European influences set in a stunning national landscape.
For spectacular views, and to get your bearings within the city, climb La Giralda, the magnificent tower attached to the equally impressive gothic cathedral. Europe’s oldest royal residence, the Real Alcazar, is a stunning example of Moorish influence on Spanish architecture, with intricately carved stone colonnades, vibrantly tiled walls, and superb gardens. For more modern pleasures, excellent shopping can be found along Calle de las Sierpas or simple enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many tapas bars. A must-visit is the Metropol parasol, and impressive wooden structure in the middle of the city.
A Tour of Seville
When To Go
Seville can get very hot in the summer, up to and over 40C, so to explore the city at its best we would recommend traveling in either the spring or autumn when the temperatures are more conducive to exploring the city.
Where to Stay
Recently refurbished and part of H10’s ’boutique’ collection, this 76 room hotel exudes character. A particular feature is the authentic Andalucian patio, tiled with ceramics from the 1929 World’s Fair. Well placed for the local restaurants and bars, it’s in a peaceful location yet only a short walk to the major sights.
I stayed here a few years ago, during the Easter holidays, when Seville comes alive with many of its different festivals ‘fiestas’, where the streets are taken over with parades and floats. Although it’s more expensive to travel around this time – it’s absolutely worth it.
Seville’s grandest hotel and a landmark of the city, the Alfonso XIII is located opposite the Alcazar Palace and close to the Torre de Oro. Reopened in 2021 after an extensive refurbishment, there are 151 elegant bedrooms and suites featuring Arabesque headboards and intricately tiled bathrooms. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and famous ‘American Bar’.