Magical atmosphere, Sevilla
This romantic part of town, formerly the district of Moors and Jews, is located right in the historical center of Seville. You may have a walk through the narrow shady lanes, inbetween beautiful buildings with courtyards plenty of flowers, and visit some of the town's major monuments:
The impressive cathedral with its tower, Giralda , Seville's landmark. The king's palace Alcazar in its typical Moorish style, surrounded by high walls. The Archivo de Indias , a Renaissance building which serves as an archive of all the documents related with the discovery of America. The Archiepiscopal Palais. All those buildings are located at one single large square.
The World Exposition EXPO'92 has brought many changes to Seville. No fewer than 70 kilometers of new streets were built, a new train station, Santa Justa, and the high-speed train AVE connects Seville with Madrid in less than 3 hours.
Also Guadalquivir river, which had been detoured around the city for centuries, was now brought back into its original river-bed. Some impressive new bridges, which are among the city's most important monuments of this century, have been constructed:
Puente del V Centenario, Pasarela de la Cartuja, Puente de las Delicias, Puente de Chapina, Puente de la Barqueta, and Puente del Alamillo.
Other buildings which were made for the EXPO '92 are the Maestranza Theater, face to face to the bullring, the Cartuja Auditorium and the Congress Palace with its huge golden cupola. The old train station of modernist style, Antigua Estación de Cordoba, was restored and serves today as an exhibition hall.
The 'Cartuja Island' was the exhibition ground of the EXPO, today you find here large gardens and an artificial lake. Many of the pavilions are still in use, and there are numerous performances here, such as concerts, theaters, etc.
The most interesting historical building at the territory is certainly the Cartuja Monastery. Christopher Columbus was buried here. Lateron it was the seat of an important producer of traditional ceramics, while today, after having been restored, it serves as a museum
Favorite thing: Sevilla is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. The buildings have been impeccably maintained and there are gardens, trees and flowers everywhere. This city will take at least a few days to fully appreciate. As with anywhere you go in Spain, you are better off learning some Spanish before you go because there are not a lot of people who are willing to speak English.
Macdonald's - Spanish Style
Fondest memory: They are everywhere but I like the discreet way the Spanish have designed this one!
Enjoy the local activity around you. There are so many people out and about in this city.
Fondest memory: One morning while having coffee, a parade took place on the streets outside the cafe - we never found out what it was all about, but it was a one of the great memories we have of Sevilla.
Sevilla is special for me as i was living (9 years) and studying my degree there. So, I´ve got a lot of memories.
Perhaps, the fondest memories are:
The happiness of people. They work to live.
The beauty of Santa Cruz District.
A very intense Nightlife.
The atmosphere of the city when Semana Santa and Feria holidays. Unique in world.
The image of Gold Tower seen from one of the several bridges of the City.
Arabic spirit of its arquitecture.
Anyway, Seville is a monument itself, so i you have time enough i recommend you to have a look at the complete list of monuments and museums (timetables and prices included and some links)
Sevilla is a magic city. People are always happy and talking about either one out of two things: football or bullfighting.
The town is an easygoing one. No rushes, no hassles, beatiful buildings everywhere. The Giralda taking command of the view, just as predicted in the brochures.
You absolutely have to go to the Alcazar and to the Giralda (to just speek of sites).
-Bars: las Columnas, C./Mateos Gago
-Pepe Hillo C./Arenal
Partying: During the winter: Plaza San Salvador
During the summer: Down by the river
Fondest memory: I miss most all of the inhabitants of Sevilla, the parties, the siesta and the nice climate
Favorite thing: For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Seville is universally famous for being a joyous town. While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.
I have to defer to Krystynn's page here. I read the page before I went, and did just about everything she suggested. La Giralda, the Cathedral, Flamenco dancing, it was all very
memorable. Seville is unique and beautiful.
Favorite thing: Water and fountain are important elements in most of the famous architectures in Seville. Moving water makes the place much cooler and lively.
If you visit Seville in Spring, you will be amazed to see all those flowers not only in the parks but also on the balcony of every block!
Fondest memory: Even the wild flowers at the riverside are colourufl!
Fondest memory: Typical street scene in old quarter of Seville.
Fondest memory: One of the many fountains in Seville.