Sevilla Travel Guide

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Sevilla Highlights

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     The scent of the orange blossoms, the taste of a good vino dulce, the colors of the Triana district... 

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     avoid the summer for serious sight seeing 

  • In a nutshell
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     A beautiful and alluring city that is a true taste of Spain 

Sevilla Things to Do

  • Alcazar

    Surrounded by the cathedral, the Alcazar and the Royal Archives of India, this wide square is the main hub of all touristy movements in Seville. It has an image of the Virgin in the centre, but its name comes from a small monument close to the archives.

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  • Cathedral

    VThe only things that remain from the mosque built in the 12th century and replaced by the cathedral are the tower - Giralda - and the adjacent cloister, called Pateo de los Naranjos because it is all planted with orange trees. The Muslim origins can be clearly seen in one of its doors, called Puerta del Perdon.

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  • Plaza de España

    In 1929 a very beautiful building was made near Maria Luísa park, for the Spanish-American Exhibition. Today it is used by the government, and it is a great detail, contrasting with the green of the park, easy to visit because of its proximity to the historical centre. Hard to see, in my last visit, due to maintenance works in and around it.

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Sevilla Hotels

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Sevilla Restaurants

  • Good tapeo

    For a quick light meal this was a great choice. We ate some "tapas", tasty and cheap. The movement was high, and the service suffered a little bit from it.

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  • Longest Tapas Menu

    Promoting the longest tapas menu in Sevilla.This place is in a great location with yummy tapas which is a little bit more expensive but nice place to come eat.

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  • Best beer in Spain

    I tought there is not such a thing,as "good spanish beer"(Sorry,all Spanish..) but when we went there,I found very very good beer.After that,we went there allmost every day(we were there 8days).They make it there,and sadly,you can´t buy any to take home with you.They also have good tapas.We liked patatas alioli and pollo-something.Kind of...

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Sevilla Nightlife

  • Café de Casino

    The old Seville pavillion in 1929 Latin American Exposition became a Casino, and, later on, a theatre. In its selected restaurant "Café de Casino" there is sometimes live entertainment.

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  • Illuminated Cathedral views

    The hotel EME is opposite the cathedral and has the most wonderful views of it. In the summer the have 'misters' spraying a cooling of water over the seating areas (as do many places in Sevilla). I like to go and sit on the comfy sofa outside the EME, and enjoy a glass os fino. Now the service is generally appalling, so you can have a lovely...

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  • Bravo Flamenco!

    If there is one place to watch a flamenco show in Spain, then it has to be in Sevilla. The El Patio Sevillano is a restaurant cum flamenco theater located right on the bank of the Guadalquivir River and beside the Plaza de Toros de la Real. There are two shows in one night - 7.30 pm and 10 pm. I attended the 10 pm dinner show which featured a...

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Sevilla Transportation

  • City Bus

    A few VTers have said they have no problem taking a subway or metro but they find buses too difficult. While I can understand their concerns, Sevilla's bus system is well laid out and inexpensive. Sevilla's bus system is run by Tussam, a local company. Tussam operates about 40 daily bus routes and a tram line. Once we learned how they worked it...

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  • Santa Justa station

    Santa Justa is the train station in Seville, and it's in the Nervion district. There are trains connecting Seville to many cities and towns in Andalusia and beyond. I took a train to go to Jerez de la Frontera for the Feria del Caballo (horse fair), and the ride wasn't very long. I spent the day there and came back on the last train of the evening.

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  • San Pablo Airport

    The line EA goes from the Plaza de Armas in the city centre to the airport, with stops at different points between, including the Santa Justa rail and AVE station. It takes about 35 minutes. € 4 one way or € 6 return.

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Sevilla Shopping

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  • How?

    Three square meters. An average of 5 costumers at the same time, meaning, with the emplyees, 2.333 women per square meter. Almost half an hour waiting outside for the experts Fernanda and Isabel to dispute each square centimeter with the other three.Shall I say more?

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  • Everything!

    This appears to be the main shopping department store.This would be the first place to visit if you need something to buy,it has everything!It is so big that there is an extension to this store on the other side of the plaza and in the street opposite.

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  • Eating on a Budget

    Eating in any city including Seville can be an expensive proposition. Seville is served by many fine markets including Lidl and El Mercado. At the German based Lidl in Seville you can enjoy a lunch or dinner with a baguette, meat and cheese, and a fresh salad all for under 3 euros for two people. The cost of a picnic or meal to take back to your...

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Sevilla Local Customs

  • Semana Santa

    In Seville, they take Holy Week very seriously. Every day, at different times during the day, there are parades, and here is what usually happens for each parade: Groups of nazarenos in robes with pointed hoods (if you see them, don't freak out, they're not the KKK!) holding candles exit the church the parade comes from. Some of them walk barefoot...

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  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Sangria is lovely, because it has lots of fruit in it and I am a big fan of fruit. It is however, rather hard to get hold of Sevilla, if you don`t know where to go. On Calle Mateus Gago, the bar after Las Columnas, they have one of the best Sangrias I found in Sevilla, but they do also run out of it towards the end of the night! As a super...

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  • April Fair

    Next to the Feria you find a huge lunapark, called "Calle del Infierno" - Hell's street. When you walk around there you understand why it got this name. You can find merry go rounds but also some spectacular and impressive machinery that only seems to have the objective to get your head spinning, by going round and round and upside down.

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Sevilla Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets & Thieves

    People of Sevilla stay up late, and stay out late. We had to walk a ways to a taxi stand at 4:00 am and were wondering if we would run into mischievious types.... but what we found were a lot of people still sitting in bars (not blasted, by the way)and many couples walking around after a night out. I suddenly felt a lot safer.

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  • Gypsies & Beggars

    When we visited Sevilla, there were a few gypsies around the cathedral area. They were typically ladies, and would approach people (mostly tourists, I'd say) and offer them a small bunch of rosemary or other posy, saying that they are lucky, and should have this gift. They would then try and get the person to pay for the 'gift'. We weren't bothered...

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  • Works

    PLaza de Espanha and its surroundings were suffering strong restrictions, caused by many current works.The beautiful tiled panels in the Plaza were covered, but they reproduced the originals in the fences. A nice idea, but suggesting that the works are there to last.

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Sevilla Tourist Traps

  • Flamenco

    Even though the flamenco show is meant for tourists, it features excellent bailaores, guitarists, and cantaores. The food is acceptable. What is not acceptable is that our camera with more than 300 photos from Cordoba disappeared. My wife forgot it on the way out. Just as we arrived at the hotel, she realized she'd left it there and started to call...

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  • Cathedral and Giralda

    Giralda is an attraction for itself, in the marvel of the cathedral. It's easy to climb, because it has inclines instead of stairs, and they seem not too steep. That's right. But they are... long. Now imagine the sorrow I felt when, in my way down, we met a Japanese senior couple with him telling her, while resting a bit on his walking stick:...

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  • Gypsies and Pickpockets

    Around the touristic places there use to be people (usually gypsis) looking for tourist to read the hand or tell them any other story with the aim only of asking you for money. As everywhere, just ignore them or simply, don´t talk to them. This people don´t mind if you understand Spanish or not. The simply talk as if you could understand. Don´t...

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Sevilla What to Pack

  • Guide book(s), good shoes and lots of...

    It is definitely advisable to bring good walking shoes with you! Sevilla - especially the old quarters of Santa Cruz and Triana have lots of cobble stone streets and this can be quite hurtful on your feet without the right shoes!We were in Sevilla in September and we did encounter everything from 32°C and sunshine all the way to heavy rainshowers...

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  • TWO PIN ELECTRICAL PLUG

    If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may...

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  • It gets very hot in summer

    Climatically, the ideal times to travel to Sevilla are April to June and September to the first half of October. This is when temperatures are manageable and it doesn't get too hot. It will start to get unpleasantly hot towards the end of June and the beginning of July, when daytime temperatures can reach a sweltering +40°C. There are quite a lot...

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Sevilla Off The Beaten Path

  • Itálica

    These Roman ruins are very special and date from the time of Augustus and Trajan.I was especially impressed with the wonderful Roman mosaics of birds and mythological figures(Venus,Mercury,Jupiter),The huge ampitheatre and the thermal baths were also very impressive.There is pertinent information in English at this site and the staff was helpful...

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  • Ronda (daytrip)

    A day trip to Ronda is perfect when you're looking to see more of Andalucia. If you plan to go on a Sunday, all the main attractions are open for tourists; the bridge, the roman baths, the museum, etc. You can take the bus from the San Sebastian station, the trip lasts just under 3 hours. The busline is called 'Los Amarillos', and does a...

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  • Iglesia de la Magdalena

    Iglesia de la Magdalena (18th century) is a small and gorgeous baroque church. Its exterior is beautifully decorated, but unfortunately this church is situated at a narrow street, so I could not take a whole picture of its façade. Of course, I will keep its image in my mind... La Iglesia de la Magdalena, del siglo XVIII, es una pequeña y hermosa...

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Sevilla Sports & Outdoors

  • Estadio Benito Villamarín

    Estadio Benito Villamarín opened in 1929, but has been changed a lot since then - and is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 52,700 spectators. It hosted two matches in the 1982 World Cup; Brazil vs. Scotland and Brazil vs. New Zealand, but most of all the stadium is the home ground for Real Betis Balompié. A club founded in 1907, and...

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  • Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo

    The main purpose for my trip to Sevilla was to follow Denmark in the World Cup in men's handball, and during my 7 days stay I ended up watching around 15 handball matches at the Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo…Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo was built in 1988, and has a capacity from 7,626 to 10,200 spectators. It is primarily used...

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  • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

    Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was built in 1957, replacing the old Estadio Nervion. The stadium once had a capacity of 70,000, but now the capacity is 45,500 spectators. It is the home ground for Sevilla Fútbol Club, but the national team of Spain also play some of their games here – and are unbeaten at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán since 1961!...

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Sevilla Favorites

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  • Seeing Seville by foot

    I have no idea why narrow streets so fascinate me, I guess it could be because I grew up in a home that had distance between us and the neighbours, so I try to imagine how it would be living and growing up when you could literally put your arm out the window and touch your neighbour across the street.

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  • Guadalquivir River and Bridges

    Along the Guadalquiver River that runs through and seperates Sevilla into two, you find many small parks where you can take a few minutes to rest from your walks through the town. We also saw this lone kayaker with his trainer. These were the ONLY things moving on the river in contrast to the Seine in Paris where the waterway is crammed with...

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  • Cathedral

    If you are here for more than two days, I recommend visiting the Cathedral on one day, and then visiting the Alcazar on a second day. Save your feet, and slow down to a pace more enjoyable, Meanwhile you can walk to the river, cross over and see another neighborhood, walk to the art museum--there is even a small Goya there, shop for a paella pan in...

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Top 5 Cycling Cities: Seville

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While it has always contained the world's largest gothic cathedral, Seville, the jewel of Andalucia, had little to no bicycle culture to speak of until the new millennium. In the last few years, the city has gained both 120km (75 miles) of bicycle routes throughout the city, as well as started a bicycle-sharing program. These updates make it much easier to travel from the Plaza de Espana to the Cathedral in one day. Visitors should not forget to explore the Santa Cruz neighborhood, which lies along the Alcazar, though with its narrow streets, it may be better seen on foot.

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