Spain is a favorite travel destination among the Dutch. Almost always sun, beautiful beaches, excellent tapas and overwhelming cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Seville are ideal for great city trips. The Mediterranean country with its fiery history is full of beautiful sights.
There are big differences between the cities in the country. Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Valencia are all great cities to visit, but none of the aforementioned cities is as attractive in terms of sights and architecture as a city trip to Seville. In this article I (Iris van theworldisonmylist.nl), you all about it.
The most beautiful sights in Seville
If you like special sights, culture, history and good food, then a trip to the Spanish Seville is definitely for you. You can easily spend a few days wandering through this colorful city. Enjoy the delicious tapas, walk through the authentic streets and be surprised by the rich history of Seville. You should not miss these 6 special sights during your city trip in Seville!
1. Metropol Parasol
On the Square of the Incarnation Check the Metropolis Parasol (Location here). This impressive art object is the largest wooden construction in the world and belongs to the most beautiful buildings in Seville. The place also offers a great view over the city.
You have the option to climb the art object with the stairs, but if you have difficulty walking or don't feel like taking a number of stairs, you can also take the elevator. Once at the top you can enjoy the view with a drink on the terrace. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset and end the day.
2. Museo Del Baile Flamenco
The passion explodes in this museum (location here), which is completely dominated by the famous flamenco. It Museo Del Baile Flamenco teaches you everything about this famous dance and there is even an opportunity to admire the flamenco in real life. There are performances every day from 19:00 to 20:00.
Tip:: Would you like to see both the museum and the performance? Then you pay 24 euros as an adult for a ticket. Students and seniors receive a discount of 6 euros. It is a perfect way to experience the Spanish culture up close.
3. The Cathedral and La Giralda
De Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede (Location here) is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and is located near the Real Alcázar. The cathedral was built on the site of the city's main mosque in the time of the Moors. In 1248 the city was conquered by the Christians and from then on the mosque was used as a cathedral. In 1402, it was decided that a huge Gothic cathedral should be built, which ultimately took more than 100 years to build.
What is very special about the cathedral is that details of the mosque can still be seen. The most important thing that remains of this is the minaret of the mosque. Nowadays this becomes The Giralda and was the tallest minaret in the world in the time of the Moors.
4. Real Alcazar
During your Citytrip to Seville, a visit to the Real Alcázar (location here) certainly not missing. This ancient royal palace was built in the year 1364, but its history goes back much further than that. In 913 an order was given to build a castle on the site where the Real Alcázar now stands. The current palace is mainly built in the Moorish style, but also has Gothic and Renaissance features.
Tip:: It is an ideal place for a lovely stroll. Tickets for a visit to Real Alcázar can be bought on site, but of course also online at the official website.
Did you know… The gardens of the Real Alcázar cover some 60.000 m2 and contain 170 different plant species from all over the world?
5. Tower of Gold
De tower of Gold (Location here), literally the tower of gold, was built in the 12th century at the same time as the Giralda. It was part of the city walls of Seville that had to ensure that the Real Alcazar was cut off from the rest of the city. The tower has had many functions over the years. It has been a prison, a chapel, a warehouse and today it serves as a maritime museum.
Tip:: a visit to the tower will cost you about 3 euros, but if you go on Monday the entrance is free for everyone.
6. Plaza de Espaa
Unlike other places in Seville, Plaza de España (location here) not that old. The square was designed and built in 1929 in honor of the Ibero-American Exposition. Plaza de España is located in Maria Luisa Park and has a total area of about 50.000 m2! The semicircular square is crossed by 4 bridges and is dotted with colorful azulejos, small painted ceramic tiles. The most special thing about this square are the 48 benches that are attached to the building. Each bench represents a province of Spain which is decorated with a map and the coat of arms of that specific province.
maybe it will come Plaza of Spain known to you and that may be true! The square has been used several times as filming location. For example, it has been the setting for Star Wars II, The Dictator and Lawrence of Arabia.
Do you have any ideas about cool places to visit during a city trip in Seville† Let us know in the comments!