Once you arrive to Seville is the moment to enjoy its history, culture, charming corners, food and of course, its weather.
The city owns the widest Historic Center in Spain, and one of the three largest Historic Center in Europe, along with Venice and Genoa.
Seville is a monument itself, just walking through the little streets around Santa Cruz neighborhood, strolling around Triana by the river or having a drink and a tapa in a terrace under the sunny and wonderful weather, is an unique experience.
In this section we will try to summarize the best recommendations, even though there are infinite additional options to take advantage of and enjoy the city.
Once in the Historic Center you will find a wide variety of monuments that you should visit. Three of these monuments are the Cathedral of Seville and Giralda, the Reales Alcazares and the Archivo de Indias and all of them have been declared by Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987 and, Property of Outstanding Universal Value in 2010.
No matter when, but these three monuments should occupy at least, one morning during your visit.
The Cathedral of Sevilla, along with its famous tower known as La Giralda is considered the largest gothic temple in the world. The entire building is breathtaking since the façade to the interior. Also, there is a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the top of the Giralda.
The Real Alcazar is a walled palace complex with a great artistic and cultural fusion, since it has been under Islamic and Christian influences. During your visit you will be fascinated by the facades, patios, gardens and different spaces of the palace.
The third monument we talked about during the introduction is the Archivo General de Indias. It was built in the 18th Century with the purpose of gathering all the administrative documentation from the colonies in America in just one place. Here you can find thousands of documents and maps with a great value from this historic era.
We recommend you to book your tour in advance, private if possible, since you will save time and the long queues to enter the monuments, at the same time that will learn more about these places.
PLAZA DE ESPAÑA AND MARIA LUISA PARK
The Plaza de España (Spanish Square) is considered the largest architectonic project built during the 20th Century, for the Iberoamerican Exposition, whose architect was Anibal Gonzalez. The Plaza features a large semi-circular area, built with exposed bricks and ceramics, framed at both ends by two baroque-style towers and on its walls there are benches decorated with tiles representing almost all the Spanish provinces as a tribute. In the middle you will find a fountain and there is a little canal crossing some bridges along the Plaza where you can enjoy of a boat ride.
Maria Luisa Park is a historical garden inaugurated in 1914, it stands out for its large garden areas, its fountains and squares. At the beginning they belonged to the San Telmo Palace and were private, but later they were donated by Infanta María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón. Another of the buildings from the Exhibition of 92 that is integrated into the park is the Plaza de América where the Museum of Arts and Customs and the Archaeological Museum are located.
TORRE DEL ORO, GUADALQUIVIR RIVER AND TRIANA NEIGHBORHOOD
The Torre del Oro is another of the most iconic monuments of the city of Seville. Located next to the Guadalquivir River, this tower was part of the old fortification wall of the city and currently houses the Naval Museum of Seville. The fact that the Guadalquivir River crosses the city and it is navigable is what has provided Seville with a maritime port. This is one of the nicest areas of the city and it is perfect to walk along the river, take a cruise or sit in some of the terraces that you will find along the way. It is also very interesting to cross to the other shore of the river, especially through the Isabel II Bridge also known as Puente de Triana, since it leads to this traditional neighborhood in Seville since medieval times with the same name. This is the oldest iron-made bridge in Spain.
METROSOL PARASOL, CITY HALL AND SEVILLE FINE ARTS MUSEUM
The Metrosol Parasol Project, or Las Setas as is also known by locals, is one of the most recent and modern buildings of the city. It features a large wooden structure with a traditional market and different restaurants in the ground floor, the Antiquarium Archaeological Museum in the basement and a wonderful viewpoint in the upper floor to enjoy the views of the Old Town.
The City Hall is one of the most meaningful historic buildings of the Plateresque Architecture and was built in the 15th Century.
The Seville Fine Arts Museum is also one of the most emblematic buildings of the city that is worth visiting. For art lovers it is a must, since it has one of the most important Andalusian Baroque collections with works by Murillo, Zurbarán and Valdés Leal.
“SHOPPING” AND GASTRONOMY
The main streets for shopping in the center of the city are Tetuan, Vezlazquez y Sierpes, these three lively streets are always full of people, combining traditional and modern shops and businesses.
If you are excited about food, in the center of Seville you will find plenty of places to enjoy the Andalusian cuisine as a local. There is a wide variety of restaurants and tapas bars where traditional and contemporary cuisine join each other to offer a matchless experience. Once you arrive to Casa Palacio Madre de Dios, your home in Seville, we will be thrilled to give you recommendations of the best spots to enjoy a memorable meal in the city.