An ancient city of Moorish arches, winding medieval streets, and sultry flamenco music, this Andalusian capital wears its complex cultural history on its sleeve. Museums and monuments tell of long-gone kingdoms, festivals recall bygone eras, while trendy tapas bars and art galleries look to the future.
Built over the ruins of a grand mosque, Seville’s cathedral is one of the largest and oldest Gothic temples in the world. Parts of the mosque are still visible to the knowledgeable eye, including the Patio de los Naranjos, the Puerta del Perdón, and the minaret, now known as the La Giralda bell tower. In addition to notable works of art by Spanish artists like Zurbarán, Murillo, and Goya, the cathedral is home to the remains of Christopher Columbus.
The one-time Moorish capital of Córdoba is a maze of winding medieval streets behind whose high walls hide orange tree-filled courtyards and traditional Andalusían villas. In the heart of the city lies its famous 9th-century Mezquita, a church-turned-mosque-turned-church that happens to be one of the most important works of Moorish architecture in the world. As befits the city’s multicultural history, the medieval Jewish quarter is one of its most picturesque neighborhoods.
One of Seville’s most rapidly revitalizing neighborhoods, the historic La Encarnación district owes much of its current popularity to German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann’s avant-garde Metropol Parasol structure in its central plaza. In addition to the Parasol’s bars, restaurants, and archaeological museum, the area itself is lined with art galleries, hip boutiques, and trendy eateries.
Dating back to the early 18th century, the Mercado de Feria is one of Seville’s oldest markets, and farmers and artisans from the surrounding area still come here daily to hawk their products. Best of all, though, are the prepared foods, which offer locals and visitors alike a chance to lunch on a sampling of Andalusía’s best traditional tapas.
Originally a 17th-century Andalusian convent, this pink Baroque building has housed exquisite works of art by Spanish masters such as El Greco and Velázquez – and one of the great Sevillian painters Francisco de Zurbaran – since its transformation into Seville’s fine arts museum in 1835.
A dramatic example of the Mudéjar architectural style for which Andalusía is known, Seville’s former royal palace dates to the 14th century, when Pedro I hired Moorish artisans to augment the old Alhomad palace and turn it into a seat of power dripping with Islamic details like vivid ceramic tilework, serene reflecting pools, and intricately carved stonework. To see more of the Mudéjar style, visit Palace of the Marquis of la Algaba, home to the Interpretation Center of Mudéjar Art.
Once Seville's Jewish quarter, the labyrinthine streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood are lined with colorful houses, fragrant orange trees, tapas restaurants spilling out onto the cobblestones, shops selling local handicrafts, and medieval churches, which were once synagogues. Let your feet lead you to picturesque squares with gurgling fountains, like the Plaza de los Venerables, the Plaza de las Cruces, and the Plaza Alfaro
Cheer on runners or join them in their quest to complete Spain’s most scenic marathon, which winds its way through the picturesque city and surrounding countryside.Learn More
Holy Week is the most important festival across Spain, and Seville’s version is among the most impressive in the country, with religious processions, performances, and more throughout the city.Learn More
One of Seville’s most important festivals, this celebration started as a 19th-century cattle fair and has evolved into a week of traditional festivities, including bullfights, parades, and more.Learn More
Every summer, the gates of the magnificent Real Alcázar open to the public for a handful of evenings for a series of musical performances in its lush, evocative gardens.Learn More
This popular cultural series put on by the University of Seville each summer offers a range of outdoor film screenings, musical and theater performances, art exhibitions, and more.Learn More
In honor of one of Seville’s most famous sons, the Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, the city is hosting a symposium on his work, as well as related exhibitions around town.Learn More
Channel your inner Hemingway at one of Spain’s last remaining major bullfighting events, held in one of the country’s most iconic bullrings.Learn More
Discover the best of contemporary European cinema at this acclaimed film festival that highlights new works and filmmakers from across the continent.Learn More
Taste the flavors of Seville’s traditions by paying visits to the city’s remaining convents. Nuns at such cloistered domiciles as the convents of Santa Ana, Santa Paula, and Santa Inés sell dulces, or sweet baked goods such as almond cookies, rum cakes, and macaroons in order to support the convent.
Since its opening in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exhibition, the hotel has been both a renowned Spanish landmark and an emblem of Iberian style, inspired by Arabic, Andalusian, and Castilian architecture.Learn More
Sip vermouth and vino tinto, nibble on traditional tapas and contemporary creations, and mingle with hip locals at Ena, our acclaimed restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellan.Learn More
Hidden amidst the hotel's lush gardens, our palm tree-fringed swimming pool is the perfect place for a cooling dip after a day in the Andalusian sun.Learn More